US President Joe Biden has condemned Russia for its ‘unprovoked’ and ‘unwarranted’ attack on Ukraine and warned that the US and its allies will respond ‘unitedly and decisively’ after Russian troops enter in Ukraine.
“A country like Russia cannot be locked behind the iron curtain. Problems can certainly arise with a number of countries, but we have had various problems with these countries before, if not speaking of the current situation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by the agency as saying. TASS official press.
“It is simply impossible to isolate a country like Russia with an iron curtain,” Peskov said, using a fictional barrier separating the former Soviet bloc and the West before the decline of communism.
President Putin announced in a televised address on Thursday morning that in response to a request from the head of the Donbass republic, he had taken the decision to carry out a special military operation in order to protect people “who suffered from abuse and of genocide”. by the kyiv regime for eight years. Putin said that Moscow has no intention of occupying Ukrainian territories.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported that Russian troops were destroying Ukrainian military infrastructure using precision weapons.
The United States has already announced a series of sanctions against Russia to prevent it from accessing Western financial markets.
On Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to “hinder” the Russian economy with sanctions for what he called President Putin’s “hideous and barbaric” attempt to invade Ukraine.
“Today, together with our allies, we will agree to a massive set of economic sanctions designed in time to cripple the Russian economy,” Johnson said in a televised address to the nation.
“And to that end, we must also collectively end the reliance on Russian oil and gas that for too long has given Putin his grip on Western politics. Our mission is clear: diplomatically, politically, economically – and possibly militarily – this hideous and barbaric enterprise of Vladimir Putin must end in failure,” he said.
Reacting to the threat of punitive sanctions by Western countries, the Russian government’s press service said the country has sufficient financial resources to ensure the stability of the financial system despite the sanctions.
“To date, Russia has sufficient financial resources to ensure the stability of the financial system despite sanctions and external threats,” TASS news agency quoted the report as saying.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Finance Ministry and Central Bank said they would continue to monitor the situation in financial markets and take additional steps to support financial stability, if necessary.