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Vladimir Putin says will use nuclear arms to defend our sovereignty

Putin said the United States considered itself "God's emissary on Earth", and that Russia was taking its place in a new world order

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the presentation of Alexander Kurenkov as the new Russian Minister for Emergency Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. AP/PTI

He called the campaign in Ukraine the action of a “sovereign country that has the right to defend its security”

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country was not threatening the world with nuclear weapons, but warned that Moscow “will use such weapons to defend its sovereignty” and  declared the end of “the era of the unipolar world”.

Addressing the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, a showcase event being held this year with almost no Western participation, he returned time and again to the theme of Russia’s sovereignty in a new global order: “We are strong people and can cope with any challenge. Like our ancestors, we will solve any problem, the entire thousand-year history of our country speaks of this.”

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First Published: Jun 19 2022 | 10:40 PM IST

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