The Russian president, Vladimir Putintoday warned NATO that the consequences of the deployment of allied troops in Ukraine would be “tragic”, while calling it “nonsense” the accusations that Moscow is considering attacking Europe.

“They have begun to talk about the possibility of sending NATO military contingents to Ukraine, but we remember the fate of those who once sent troops to the territory of our country, but now the consequences for possible interventionists will be much more tragic,” Putin said during the state of the nation address to both houses of the Russian Parliament.

Putin stressed that Western powers must understand that Russia “also has weapons that can hit targets in its territories.” He in turn accused the West of forgetting what war is and provoking “conflicts in Ukraine, the Middle East and other regions of the world.” “AND they keep lying. Now, without any shame, they claim that Russia supposedly intends to attack Europe. But we know well that this is just nonsense,” he said.

He assured that the West is trying to make the Russian Federation make the same mistake as the Soviet Union of becoming involved in an arms race, to which the USSR dedicated 13% of the Gross Domestic Product, when Moscow will allocate 6% to defense in 2024.

In this regard, he stressed that this “trick” will not succeed, since Moscow intends to develop the military-technical complex in order to strengthen the industrial, technological and scientific potential of the country.

Putin too described as “unfounded” the accusations by the United States that Russia is preparing to deploy nuclear weapons in the cosmos. Although, next, he stressed that Russian strategic nuclear forces are “in full combat readiness.” “Without a sovereign and strong Russia, a strong world order will not be possible,” she said.