Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed the West for escalating tensions in Europe. Local time on Tuesday, he said, the West was misjudging the outcome of the Cold War. News Reuters.
During a meeting with senior Russian military officials, Putin said Russia would respond strongly to Western aggression. For this, the Russian army will be further improved.
Russia has recently deployed large numbers of troops along the border with Ukraine. This is the highest gathering since 2014. After the 2014 military coup, Russia annexed Crimea in a battle between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces. This time around, however, Russia has claimed that the deployment was part of a series of exercises aimed at countering the threat posed by NATO, a Western military alliance.
At the same meeting, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the United States had deployed about 8,000 troops near the Russian border. They are often training bombers near Russia, along with their NATO allies. NATO’s efforts to involve Ukraine’s military in coalition operations have become a security threat.
Russia, meanwhile, ordered the departure of two German diplomats on Monday after Berlin expelled two Russian diplomats.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has again expressed his regret over the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991. This time, Putin says he was forced to drive a taxi at the time because of the collapse of the Soviet Union. News BBC Online.
Putin described the break-up of the Soviet Union as a historic collapse of Russia. According to the BBC, Putin’s remarks could provoke worldwide speculation about his intentions towards Ukraine, a former Soviet Union.
Putin made the remarks amid fears that Russia was planning a military operation in Ukraine with more than 90,000 troops on the border.
Russia has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once.
The Russian president was seen making such remarks in a documentary titled “Russia, the latest history” aired on Sunday, local time.
Putin described the collapse of the former Soviet Union as “a historic disintegration of Russia in the name of the Soviet Union.”
As everyone knows, Putin sees the collapse of the Soviet Union as a “tragedy.” However, his personal comments about life at that time are new.
Putin recalls those days, saying, “What I used to earn was not enough. I had to earn extra for this. I’m talking about working as a hired car or as a private driver. It may be unpleasant to be honest, but that was unfortunate for me at the time. ‘
Taxis were scarce in Russia during the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many of those who had private cars would drive strangers to their destination. It would have given them extra income. Even at that time some people used to earn money by using vehicles like ambulances as taxis.
Vladimir Putin is known as a former agent of the KGB, the intelligence agency of the former Soviet Union.
In the early 1990’s, Putin served in the office of St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak. Putin has repeatedly said that he resigned after a coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in August 1991. Soon after the coup, the Soviet Union collapsed.