Russian chairman also says Western warrants against his country following Ukraine irruption are akin to a protestation of war.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has advised Western powers against assessing a “ no- cover zone” over Ukraine, saying any similar attempt by another country would be seen as a step into the military conflict between Russian and Ukrainian forces.
“ Any movement in this direction will be considered by us as participation in an fortified conflict by that country,” Putin said during a meeting with Aeroflot workers outside of Moscow on Saturday.
He added that assessing a no- fly zone would have “ colossal and disastrous consequences not only for Europe but also the whole world”.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the absence of a no- cover zone gives Russia the “ green light” to continue bombing Ukrainian metropolises and municipalities. He has lashed out at NATO for refusing to put a no- fly zone over his country, advising that “ all the people who die from this day forward will also die because of you”.
NATO has said a no- cover zone, which would bar all unauthorised aircraft from flying over Ukraine, could provoke wide war in Europe with nuclear-fortified Russia.
But as the United States and other NATO members shoot munitions to Kyiv and further than1.2 million deportees slip through the mainland, the conflict is formerly drawing in countries far beyond Ukraine’s borders.
Putin reiterated his points in Ukraine are to defend Russian- speaking communities through the “ demilitarisation andde-Nazification” of the country so that it becomes neutral.
Ukraine and Western countries have dismissed this as a unwarranted rationale for the irruption he launched on February 24 and have assessed a broad range of warrants aimed at segregating Moscow.
“ These warrants that are being assessed are akin to a protestation of war but thank God it has not come to that,” Putin said, speaking to a group of women flight attendants at the Aeroflot training centre.