One of Vladimir Putin‘s closest aides has issued a chilling warning to the West: “Tanks don’t need visas”.
Deputy premier Dmitry Rogozin – seen by some as a future Kremlin president – claimed the West is now scared of Moscow’s military muscle.
His outspoken words come as the West remains at loggerheads with Russia over Putin’s seizure of Crimea, and alleged military strongarm tactics in eastern Ukraine.
Vowing to exploit the vast mineral riches of the Arctic, Rogozin claimed that America and Euorpe “are afraid of Russia”.
The West is “afraid of the fact that we have started looking around, at our enormous territory”, which, he argued, reached far north of existing frontiers in the Arctic.
In overall charge of Russia’s space and defence industries, he told a TV show that Russia would develop “our huge EurAsia”, exploiting vast mineral wealth under the Arctic ice.
Even though international bodies have yet to approve Russia’s claim to the oil, gas and other natural resources, Rogozin, 51, vowed: “It is our territory, it is our shelf, and we’ll provide its security. And we will make money there.”
He threatened the West: “I have always joked about it, that they will not give us visas.
“They will put us on a sanctions list – but tanks do not need visas.”
An ardent Russian nationalist – who faced US and EU sanctions over the Ukraine crisis – told Russian viewers referring to Moscow’s latest high-tech tank: “We should not look at anybody or be offended, we should just go. We are one big Armata.”
He boasted about Russian atomic capability declaring: “Our nuclear shield is strong, it is so strong that I would say it is more powerful than anyone else’s.
“This is why Russia today can ensure its strategic security, not only going face to face with the USA, but also face to face with the whole Western coalition.“
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