Liz Truss was “loopy” when she raised issues about nuclear weapons, Vladimir Putin has claimed.
Throughout a significant speech in Moscow, the Russian president hit out on the UK’s former prime minister.
He mentioned she should have been “a bit out of it” and he claimed to have “by no means mentioned something proactively about attainable use of nuclear weapons by Russia”.
“Now we have solely hinted in response to statements made by Western leaders,” he added.
Throughout her handle to the UN Common Meeting in September, Ms Truss had labelled President Putin’s threats to make use of nuclear weapons as “sabre-rattling”.
Talking throughout a dwell, televised debate in Moscow on Thursday, Mr Putin additionally accused the West of enjoying a “harmful, soiled and lethal sport” in Ukraine – and he warned the period of Western domination was over.
Within the dialogue, entitled A Submit-Hegemonic World: Justice and Safety For Everybody, the Russian president sought to forged the blame for the battle in Ukraine on Western international locations alone.
Putin warns West it’s enjoying ‘lethal sport’ – dwell Ukraine updates
‘We did not do it’
“We weren’t those to organise a coup d’état in Ukraine, which resulted in our particular army operations,” he mentioned. “We aren’t those who did it.
“It is the West that has pushed us thus far,” he mentioned. “I advocate democratic relations.”
He informed the gathered viewers, he would “by no means put up with” what the remainder of the world tells him to do.
Repeatedly utilizing the time period “particular army operation” to explain the warfare, he additionally warned: “He who will sow the wind, will reap the whirlwind.”
‘Below Western thumb’
Mr Putin despatched his troops into Ukraine on 24 February, and has typically claimed Western help for Ukraine is a part of wider efforts by Washington and its allies to implement what they name a rules-based world order – one he rejects.
“We tried to arrange relations with the West and NATO, to make pals with them,” he mentioned, “however the West imposes sanctions towards those that do not need to be underneath their thumb.”
As he spoke, China introduced it was prepared to deepen its relationship with Russia – and mentioned any try to dam the 2 international locations shifting ahead would “by no means succeed”.
Mr Putin responded by saying Russia’s relations with China had been at an “unprecedented degree” and he referred to as China’s President Xi Jinping a “shut good friend”.