Putin tells West not to fear Russia

Russia’s Putin reassures West that Russia will not attack NATO

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said to the West that Russia was no threat and there was no need to be afraid.

"I would like to say, there's no need to be afraid of Russia," Putin said.

Putin spoke to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera to comment on months of fighting between Kiev and the Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. The acts have frightened many as a re-enactment of cold-war Russia and its ambitions to of moving forward to the Western Europe.

Heavy fighting has erupted in Ukraine this week, concentrating on the towns of Maryinka and Krasnohorivka, west of the Russian-backed separatist-held Donetsk.

"Only a sick person — and even then only in his sleep — can imagine that Russia would suddenly attack NATO," Putin said.

"We have other things to do, I can assure you," he added.

Putin’s comments came after Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko on Friday cautioned the Western leaders that Moscow may be preparing for a full scale invasion of his country.

Poroshenko said there were collective troops on the border and in rebel-held areas "in unprecedented numbers". Russia denied all allegations of having any military presence in Ukraine.

‘Ukraine has deployed 50,000 troops in the conflict zone to meet the threat’, Poroshenko added.

Since the conflict began in Eastern Ukraine, more than 6,400 people have died and the Russian-backed separatists have taken control of two major areas in Ukraine’s east following its annexation of Crimea

TRTWorld and agencies