Putin on Macron's Statements, NATO Troops in Ukraine, Navalny's Death, and WW III

"I think anything is possible in today’s world and it’s clear to everyone that this would be one step from a full-scale World War III."- he said

by Sead Dedovic
Putin on Macron's Statements, NATO Troops in Ukraine, Navalny's Death, and WW III
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After his election victory on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent intriguing messages to Russia, Europe, and the world. Of course, the most interesting topic for many is the war in Ukraine, considering that this war has been going on for two years now, with still no sign of peace. Vladimir Putin primarily responded to the statements of French President Emmanuel Macron that France could potentially send troops to Ukraine. The Russian leader had a clear and direct response to Macron's statement:

"I think anything is possible in today’s world and it’s clear to everyone that this would be one step from a full-scale World War III."- he said, as quoted by yahoo

Emmanuel Macron
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By securing victory, Vladimir Putin has ensured himself the presidency until the 2030s, thereby breaking many records. Putin ascended to the presidential position back in the early 2000s. In his address, Putin emphasized that history is repeating itself, expressing happiness that he will continue his role in the future. He is pleased that the citizens of Russia have recognized his dedication and love for the homeland.

"History repeated itself. Dear friends, it's a great pleasure this evening to be with members of my team, with members of my team, people who think alike, who have the same goals. But let's think about this word, where it came from, comrade in arms, or teammates. The votes of all citizens of Russia express the united will of the Russian Federation."

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about NATO soldiers already being present in Ukraine. Putin confirmed such assertions, highlighting that soldiers have noticed troops talking in English and French. Putin believes that this won't bring anything good to NATO, especially considering that their soldiers are dying on the frontlines in large numbers.

Vladimir Putin confirmed that he is ready to negotiate. He is not pleased with the statements of the French president and believes that Macron should emphasize peace more rather than talking about the possibility of sending troops. Vladimir Putin confirmed that Russia is ready for peace talks. For him, it is imperative to achieve peace, but a lasting peace that will endure for years, not just a few years.

It seems that France could play a role. All is not lost yet.

I’ve been saying it over and over again and I’ll say it again. We are for peace talks, but not just because the enemy is running out of bullets. If they really, seriously, want to build peaceful, good-neighborly relations between the two states in the long term, and not simply take a break for rearmament for 1.5–2 years.”- he continued.

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin© Carl Court / Getty Images

The Russian president also reacted to the statements of US leaders and citizens regarding the elections in Russia, which they consider unfair. The Russian leader pointed out that the whole world is laughing at America because of the events inside the country. He stressed the situation within the US is anything but democratic.

The inevitable topic was also the sudden death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, for whose death the cause is still unknown. Many believe that Vladimir Putin is directly responsible for the death of this oppositionist. Putin emphasized that there was a plan a few days before Navalny's death to swap him, and a prisoner exchange deal had been arranged. Putin stated that he agreed to it but had a condition that once exchanged, Navalny would never return.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy reacts to Vladimir Putin re-elected as president

Immediately after it was confirmed that Putin would remain the new-old president of Russia, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy reacted, calling Putin a 'man drunk with power who wants to rule forever.' The Ukrainian leader seizes every opportunity to criticize Putin. Zelenskyy emphasized that Putin simulated yet another election. 

There is much talk in the world about how democratic the elections in Russia are and whether Putin truly enjoys such popularity within the country. It's hard to believe that, considering that more and more Russians are reacting to Putin's actions, and it seems they are not satisfied with the current situation. Russians are under siege, closed off, but still holding on and not allowing sanctions to undermine their economy or the state of the country.

It will be interesting to monitor the situation in this country. We don't have many details about whether the citizens are truly satisfied, given the propaganda coming from Russia.

We hope that this war can finally come to an end and that peace will prevail soon.This war still hasn't brought anything positive. A large number of casualties is not what we want to see.

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