Russian diplomat: Putin ‘doesn’t give a s**t about sanctions… the more the West pushes, the stronger the response’

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Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, is apparently unconcerned about economic pressure that may be imposed on the country in response to a potential invasion of Ukraine.

“Excuse my language, but we don’t give a s–t about all their sanctions,” Victor Tatarintsev, Russia’s ambassador to Sweden, told the Aftonbladet newspaper, according to the Daily Mail.

“‘We have already had so many sanctions, and in that sense, they’ve had a positive effect on our economy and agriculture. New sanctions are nothing positive but not as bad as the West makes it sound,” Tatarintsev also claimed. “The more the West pushes Russia, the stronger the Russian response will be.”

“We are more self-sufficient and have been able to increase our exports. We have no Italian or Swiss cheeses, but we’ve learned to make just as good Russian cheeses using Italian and Swiss recipes,” he added.”

The U.S. has begun to evacuate its embassy in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, and has recalled some troops from the country. U.S. officials have advised American citizens anywhere in Ukraine to leave the country as soon as possible.

Russia reportedly has 100,000-plus troops stationed at the Ukraine border. Officials in the U.S. and other countries have argued that an invasion is imminent.

In a one-hour phone call on Saturday, President Joe Biden, who once said he was okay with a so-called minor incursion, supposedly made it clear  “that, if Russia undertakes a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States together with our Allies and partners will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs on Russia,” the New York Post reported.

Russian officials described the call as “balanced and businesslike.”

“Russia has repeatedly denied any intent to invade Ukraine, despite its months-long buildup of troops along their shared border,” the Post noted. According to Tatarintsev, “the last thing people in Russia want is war.”

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg told “Fox & Friends” on Saturday that the Biden phone call will have no effect on Putin because the Russian leader lacks respect for Biden.

“The Russian word for security is ‘bezopasnost,’ and that means ‘without threats’ and what Putin sees, he sees Ukraine as a threat because of [the North Atlantic Treaty Organization]. He does not see NATO as a defensive alliance. He sees it as an offensive alliance. It’s gone from 20 to 30 countries, and he looks at it… okay, they’re encroaching upon…Russian territory,” Kellogg, who was Chief of Staff of the National Security Council in the Trump administration, said.

The general also claimed that Putin lacks a good understanding of how the West operates.

Biden and his team, however, appear to be far more concerned about protecting Ukraine’s border than the U.S. southern border, where the surge of illegal immigrants continues at a record-setting pace.

Former Hawaii Congresswoman and U.S. Army reserve officer Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, has warned that America’s neocons and the neo-libs, as part of the military-industrial complex, are pushing for a war in Ukraine to serve their own pecuniary interests.

As alluded to above, she has also asserted that a war could be avoided if the U.S. and its allies announced that Ukraine won’t be granted membership in NATO.

It’s unlikely that Ukraine would ever be approved anyway, Gabbard has claimed, so the West would not be making a major concession in that context.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has downplayed the possibility of an invasion, however, and has criticized what he considers an atmosphere of panic.


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