(Moscow) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday stressed that Russia would consider any country trying to impose a no-fly zone on Ukraine to be co-militant, a claim that Kiev rejected by NATO.
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“We hear that it is necessary to establish a no-fly zone in the territory of Ukraine, but it is not possible to do this from the territory of Ukraine.
But he said any move in this direction would be considered by Moscow as “taking part in the armed conflict of any country” and its territory would be used to “create a threat to our military.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky on Friday sharply criticized NATO’s refusal to implement a no – fly zone in Ukraine to neutralize Russia’s broader capabilities.
Western nations have refused to comply with the request, saying it would be difficult to implement, and that its troops would intervene in Ukraine from February 24 onwards, citing a significant risk of direct confrontation with Russia.
There is no martial law
President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Russia did not plan to introduce martial law in response to repeated rumors that it was doing so due to the conflict in Ukraine.
“Martial law is being enforced […] In case of aggression, especially in areas where fighting is taking place. We do not consider it necessary to comment on such fabrications. ”
According to him, he answered the question of one of his speakers, that only professional soldiers and officers are involved in Russian military operations in Ukraine and do not plan to send deportees from the Kremlin group or reservists.
Many rumors frightened the Russians into mobilizing and introducing martial law.
“There are attempts to destabilize the community,” Mr. Putin commented at a large table with women working at Aeroflot on the eve of Women’s Day on March 8, a holiday in Russia.
Aeroflot has been hit hard by Western sanctions imposed since Russia brought its troops into Ukraine on February 24.