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Putin assures that he has no territorial claims in Europe and that he is not interested in sending troops to other countries

The Russian president believes that the "European desire" to see Moscow defeated in the war is "an illusion".

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Putin assures that he has no territorial claims in Europe and that he is not interested in sending troops to other countries

The Russian president believes that the "European desire" to see Moscow defeated in the war is "an illusion"

MADRID, 9 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) -

The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, assured this Thursday that he does not have any "territorial claims" on the European continent, despite having annexed the Ukrainian regions of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Lugansk and Crimea, and that he has no intention of send troops to other countries, all during a two-hour interview given to the controversial Tucker Carlson, former host of the American television network Fox News.

"This (territorial claims on the European continent) is absolutely excluded. You don't need to be an analyst: it is contrary to common sense to be dragged into some kind of global war. And a global war will put humanity on the brink of destruction. It's obvious," Putin said.

In that sense, he has emphasized that he would only send troops against other countries if Russia were attacked from there, and has reiterated that Moscow "has no interest in Poland, Latvia, or anywhere," and that it only acts based on to threats, as reported by the Russian news agency Interfax.

"They talk about it and try to intimidate their population with an imaginary Russian threat. It is an obvious fact. And intelligent people (...) understand perfectly well that this is a farce. The Russian threat is being inflated," added the Russian leader.

After months of statements by senior Russian officials about the possibility of using nuclear weapons if Russia were to become a threat, Putin now expresses that this possibility is a "horror story for ordinary people" to "extract additional funds from them in the confrontation." against Russia."

In fact, he believes that Western countries should reach an agreement with the Kremlin because it is "more intelligent and rational", and that they have never refused to negotiate, but rather that it has been the "West" that has "publicly" refused to engage in talks. with Russia because they will not be defeated "on the battlefield."

"For some reason, everyone had the illusion that Russia could be defeated on the battlefield either by arrogance or by sincere feeling, but not by great wisdom," the Russian president remarked.