Putin denies any intention for Russia to attack NATO

Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, has once again insisted that the Kremlin is not planning to attack NATO, despite various narratives suggesting otherwise.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with CEO of VTB bank Andrei Kostin in Moscow, Russia, November 27, 2023. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has once again insisted that the Kremlin is not planning to attack NATO, despite various narratives suggesting otherwise.

Putin made this assertion in response to predictions by certain countries and national security services that Russia may be plotting to dismantle NATO.

The Russian leader addressed foreign journalists at the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, as reported by the BBC.

A leaked German military planning document suggested that Russia might launch an offensive in 2024 to exploit Western support in Ukraine.

The document also mentioned Russia potentially targeting NATO countries in Eastern Europe, such as Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, through cyber attacks and internal unrest. Poland’s national security agency has also raised concerns about a possible Russian attack on NATO within the next three years.

Putin vehemently denied these accusations, stating, “they’ve come up with this idea that Russia wants to attack NATO. Have you gone completely crazy? That is as thick as this table. Who came up with this? It is just complete nonsense, you know? Total rubbish.”

However, Putin warned against portraying Russia as an enemy, stating, “Painting Russia as the enemy only harms yourselves, you know?”

Analysts believe that Putin recognizes the high cost of directly attacking NATO and may instead focus on undermining the alliance from within to expose vulnerabilities for potential future use.

It is likely that Putin will increase Russia’s “hybrid warfare” efforts against NATO nations to achieve this.

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