The Russian president Putin replied and answered journalists’ questions – “There is nothing that can worry us about Finland’s and Sweden’s membership in NATO.
Nato members today identified Russia as the most significant and direct threat to the alliance’s security in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Putin, on the other hand, denounced NATO’s “imperial ambitions,” which he said was trying to establish its “hegemony” through the conflict in Ukraine.
“The goal of the West and NATO is not the good of Ukraine and the Ukrainians,” Putin said, adding that supporting Ukraine is a means for the West to defend its own interests.
At the press conference, the Russian president also answered journalists’ questions about the current military campaign in Ukraine.
According to him, Russian troops are advancing in the neighboring country, but it is impossible to determine when the “special military operation” will end.
Moscow refuses to talk about invasion or war in connection with its military campaign in Ukraine.
Putin also objected to accusations against Kiev, which called Monday’s attack on a shopping center in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk a terrorist act.
“Our military is not targeting civilian infrastructure,” Putin said, suggesting that reports from the West about the inaccuracy of Russian shelling were not true.