Putin Threatens ‘Global Catastrophe’ if NATO Forces Clash With Russia

By Andrew Stanton

Above, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Friday. The Russian leader, during a press conference on Friday, threatened “global catastrophe” if NATO forces clashed with Russia. Contributor/Getty Images

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces clashing with Russia would end in “global catastrophe,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

The Russian leader’s remarks come more than seven months after he ordered the “special military operation” on Ukraine in late February. In the months leading up to the invasion, Ukraine’s relationship with NATO became a point of contention between the Eastern European neighbors, with Russia underscoring demands that Ukraine not grow too close to the West or formerly join NATO.

The threat also comes as Ukraine formerly makes its bid to join NATO, but Western leaders, including President Joe Biden, have shot down the possibility of admission, citing corruption concerns. Ukraine joining the organization could result in drawing a NATO response to the Russia-Ukraine war, which Russian officials have said would end in “World War III.”

Putin, during a press conference on Friday, doubled down on anti-NATO rhetoric, describing any NATO military clash as a “dangerous step.”

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