Russia has escalated tensions further in Crimea, as reports of Vladimir Putin sending Russia’s most advanced air-defense missiles surfaced. Despite NATO, the U.S. and Moscow denying that there is a war about to happen, current turn of events suggest otherwise. Will Russia target U.S. and NATO along with Crimea?
Putin Sends Air-Defense Missiles to Crimea
World powers expressed concern about the growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, but neither party seem to listen. The confrontation between the two countries will be devastating and could further contribute to the tensions that Russia has against other parties like NATO and the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed set on his plans as he bolstered the disputed peninsula’s military with Moscow’s most advanced air-defense missile systems.
The European Union clarified that there is no third party or definite confirmation yet that agents from Ukraine killed Russian servicemen in Crimea. The incident prompted Putin to promise a “very serious” response as he linked Ukraine with “terror” activities.
Because of the rising tensions, the EU asked both sides from trying to strain the relationship further. The situation between Russia and Ukraine led before to the “worst diplomatic standoff between the two countries since a 2015.”
“We reiterate our condemnation and non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea,” National Post quoted European Commission spokesman Alexandre Polack.
“There has been neither concrete evidence provided by Russia sustaining its claim nor any independent confirmation of the claims made by Russian authorities.”
Russia Stops NATO
However, Russia does not seem fazed with the calls as it has also targeted NATO saying that it has saved Syria from a possible massive strike by NATO forces.
“What would’ve happened if our president [Vladimir Putin] failed to be convincing and implement the idea of surrendering and destroying the chemical weapons? If we only talk about cruise missiles … 624 cruise missiles, as far as I remember, were prepared to carry out a massive strike against Syria within 24 hours,” RT quoted Sergey Shoigu, Russia’s defense minister. The official also added that the strike potentially came with over 600 cruise missiles.