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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sept. 21 accused Western powers of engaging in nuclear blackmail and put his country onto an enhanced wartime footing, ordering a partial military mobilization and vowing to use “all means available” in the event of a threat against Russia and its people.
Putin made the remarks in a televised address, in which he said that some high-ranking representatives of Western powers had expressed “the possibility of using nuclear weapons of mass destruction against Russia,” according to a translation of his remarks by The Scotsman.
“Those that allow such statements shall be reminded that our country also has various weapons of mass destruction,” including some that are more advanced than those in NATO’s arsenal, he added, according to a translation of his remarks by Sky News.
“If there is a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and for protecting our people, we will certainly use all means available to us,” Putin continued, adding, “I’m not bluffing.”
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