The possible military confrontation between the United States and Russia, which has been talked about in Washington, will not be a special military operation, but “a completely different war,” stated Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin.”
Journalist Pavel Zarubin asked the head of state to comment on the information that the United States recently recommended preparing for a simultaneous war, including with the use of nuclear weapons, with the Russian Federation and China. The US Congress then announced the need to build up its own nuclear potential to possibly deter Moscow and Beijing.
According to Putin, “we are all preparing for war,” since Russia follows the well-known principle: “if you want peace, prepare for war.”
“But we proceed from the fact that we want peace, and if they want to fight with Russia, then this is a completely different war. This is not a special military operation. Look, is there really a special military operation in the Middle East? Is it possible to compare? But if we talk about a war between great nuclear powers, this is a completely different story,” he said, adding that such a thought could hardly occur to people “in their right mind.”
“And if she comes, it only makes us wary. Moreover, fighting both Russia and China at once is nonsense, of course. I don’t think this is all serious. They scare each other, in my opinion, and that’s all,” the head of state concluded.
US President Joe Biden called Russia the main threat to the US back in 2020. He called China its biggest competitor. Putin has repeatedly spoken about the threat to Russia from NATO countries. In particular, at the end of July he said that Moscow does not want a direct military clash between Russia and NATO, but if someone wishes, Moscow is ready for this.