Putin Issues New Warning About Russia's Military Preparedness
February 26, 2012 • 9:57AM

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in remarks to a roundtable defense discussion with dozens of high-ranking military experts in the closed city of Sarov, yet again reminded the British, the U.S., and NATO of the dangers of proceeding with their missile defense and other war provocations. As reported on Russia Today on Feb. 25, Putin said:

"When it comes to developing our relationship towards joint AMD [in Europe], they do not want to talk seriously with us. They avoid direct talks about it. This is what happens — they try to make it look as if our relationship is developing. We have something that should push our colleagues and partners towards more constructive work than we've seen so far. A few years ago we were told — not directly — but we know that the U.S. told their colleagues in NATO 'let Russia do whatever, all they have left is rust.' Well, today this is not the case.... If some neo-conservatives start trying to tighten the screws on us, they can do it till the thread bursts."

Putin was also tough on the specific cases of Syria and Iran: "I think our position on Syria in the UN Security Council shows that we are not going to nod along to anyone. We hope it will always be like that." And on Iran: "Under the guise of trying to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, they [the U.S.] are attempting something else entirely and setting different goals — regime change... They changed regimes in North Africa. What will they do next? In the end, Israel may find itself between the devil and the deep blue sea."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had also denounced regime change right before the Feb. 24 "Friends of Syria" meeting, warning that "demands for regime change [will lead to] even more deaths... [and] civil war."