Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that any country trying to intervene in the Ukraine war will face a ‘lightning-fast’ response,
He says Russia has all the tools that none can boast of adding that it will use the if necessary.
Putin seems to be referring to the ballistic missiles and nuclear arms.
Ukraine’s allies have stepped up the supply of weapons, with the US vowing to make sure Ukraine defeats Russia.
Western officials say Russia is being hampered in its efforts in the east.
Last week, Russia launched a major offensive to seize the Donbas region after withdrawing from areas around the capital Kyiv.
But according to official, Russian forces are finding it difficult to overcome the staunch Ukrainian resistance and they are suffering losses.
In another development, the European Commission has accused Russia of blackmail after Moscow cut off gas exports to Poland and Bulgaria.
The Commission’s President, Ursula von der Leyen said it showed Russia’s unreliability as a supplier.
The Kremlin said Russia had been forced into the action by the unfriendly steps of Western nations.
Gazprom’s cut-off follows Poland and Bulgaria’s refusal to pay for gas in Russian roubles – a demand made by President Vladimir Putin in March, which was designed to shore up the faltering currency battered by Western sanctions.
Putin made his comments speaking to Russian lawmakers in the northern city of St Petersburg on Wednesday.
“If someone from the outside tries to intervene in Ukraine and create strategic threats for Russia, our response will be lightning fast,” he said.
The Russian leader added that all decisions on what that response would include had already been made but without providing any further details.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, and within days President Putin ordered his military to put Russia’s nuclear deterrence forces on high alert.