In a related report by The Inquisitr, both Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton claim Putin wants to restore Russia to the glory of an empire that spreads across the globe, and even made comparison to Nazi Germany. Hillary does not believe Putin and Hitler can be directly compared, or claim that Putin starting World War 3, but she did make a comparison to how the Nazis used the German minorities in Poland and Czechoslovakia as an excuse to invade. Some say the situation prior to World War 2 is similar to today since “protecting” Russian speaking citizens of Ukraine are used as the justification for intervention in Ukraine.
The rhetoric related to the Ukraine war has been stepping up to a dangerous level in recent weeks. First, Russia’s nuclear weapons were test fired as a demonstration of Russian military might, and then Vladimir Putin promised to rebuild Russia’s nuclear arsenal. In response to recent advances by Russia within Ukrainian territory, Ukraine also threatened to restart its nuclear weapons program.
An influential German newspaper called Sueddeutsche Zeitung is reporting that Vladimir Putin allegedly had a private meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. During the course of their discussion, Putin essentially threatened World War 3.
“If I wanted, in two days I could have Russian troops not only in Kiev, but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest.”
This threat by Putin matches a similar statement allegedly said earlier in the month, in which Russia’s leader proclaimed their military force of 20,000 men camped outside Ukraine’s border could take the capital city Kiev within two weeks. In this case, that threat was expanded to include countries like Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Romania.
It’s possible that Putin was indirectly responding to a speech given by U.S. President Barack Obama earlier in the month, who also mentioned some of those NATO members.
“An attack on one is an attack on all. So if, in such a moment, you ever ask again, ‘who will come to help,’ you’ll know the answer – the NATO alliance, including the armed forces of the United States of America,” Obama said. “We’ll be here for Estonia. We will be here for Latvia. We will be here for Lithuania.”
If this alleged conversation between Putin, Poroshenko, and Barroso did take place, it would be the first time Putin has directly threatened members of the European Union and NATO. If Russia were to actually ever act on this threat, it really would mean World War 3 would start since Article V of NATO’s Washington Treaty declares that “an attack on one is an attack on all,” which is what President Obama was referring to in his speech. While both the United States and England have rejected calls to send lethal aid into Ukraine, both countries would be obligated by NATO treaties to respond with military force if Russia’s actions were to ever match Putin’s rhetoric. According to the NATO website, “Article 5 has been invoked once – in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States.”