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Russia will defend Crimea with all possible means : Putin

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Moscow | Thursday, Jun 15 2017 IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to defend Crimea with all available means, in case of a threat to it."After Crimea became a fully-fledged part of the Russian Federation, our attitude to this territory radically changed. And if we see a threat to our territory and the Crimea is our territory we, like any state, will defend our territory with all means available to us," Putin told US filmmaker Oliver Stone in the third part of an interview broadcast by the Showtime television network yesterday.Putin also refused to draw parallels between the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and a 2014 incident in which a US destroyer got within the strike range of Russian missiles after sailing close to the Crimean shore.The Aegis-equipped USS Donald Cook was dispatched to a Black Sea area off Crimea shortly after the Russian-majority peninsula voted in March 2014 to reunite with Russia. The warship left for the Bosporus Strait after it was detected and caught into cross-hairs by Russia's coast guard."I wouldn't compare this with the Caribbean crisis. At that time, the world stood on the brink of a nuclear catastrophe. Thank god, we did not let that situation slip into it, even though we sent our advanced Bastion coast defense weapons to Crimea," Putin said. "We are allowed to use any means at our disposal to protect Russia. What was the Donald Cook doing close to our territory? Who provoked whom? We plan to defend our territory," he said.UNI XC PS 1404

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