Russian President, Vladimir Putin is not backing down from the threats of NATO sending in 10,000 troops into Eastern Europe. In fact, the moves seem to embolden the brazen leader as he makes another veiled threat. NATO and the United States both have indicated they are likely to introduce new economic sanctions against Russia in response to the Russian troops invading southeastern Ukraine.
Putin reportedly told European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso that he could "take Kiev in two weeks," seemingly implying his intended response to any further sanctions against Russia.
Barroso claimed the NATO could fly in as many as 4,000 troops within 48 hours to respond to any further Russian aggression. Experts claim the latest developments present the greatest challenge to Europe in decades.
On Friday, Putin told a pro-Kremlin youth camp that Russia is "strengthening our nuclear deterrence forces and our armed forces."
Putin also stated foreign states should understand, "It's best not to mess with us." Putin continued: "Thank God, I think no one is thinking of unleashing a large-scale conflict with Russia. I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers." (read more about this article here)
NATO, the EU and the United States are reportedly working together to de-escalate the crisis. It is unclear at this time what options will be presented although it has been reported additional economic sanctions against Russia are more than likely to occur.
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