(CNN) – Russian President Vladimir Putin accused, on Sunday, the West of trying to destroy Russia, and the Russian news agency “RIA Novosti” reported that Putin said in an interview with “Russia 1” that the West “has one goal, the dismantling of the former Soviet Union and part The main remaining part of it is the Russian Federation.
Putin added: “And then, perhaps, they will accept us into the so-called family of civilized peoples, but only separately, each part separately. For what?”
Putin also claimed in an interview with Pavel Zarubin for “Putin’s Moscow Kremlin” program that there is credible evidence of Western plans to divide Russia. “I don’t even know if an ethnic group like the Russian people can be preserved in the form in which it exists today,” Putin said.
The Russian President stressed that Russia needs to take into account the nuclear capabilities of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “NATO”.
He explained: “Under today’s conditions, when all the leading countries of NATO have declared that their main goal is to inflict a strategic defeat on us, so that our people suffer, as they say, how can we ignore their nuclear capabilities in these circumstances?”
Putin has repeatedly stressed the importance of modernizing Russia’s strategic nuclear forces.
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