In a rare and fervently anticipated press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a vehement critique against Western nations for their ongoing military support to Ukraine, marking a potentially perilous escalation in global tensions.

The Russian leader warned on Wednesday, June 3, that Moscow might arm other countries to strike Western targets, a response to what he perceives as a provocative move by the West.

The statements came after the United States, among several other Western countries, officially sanctioned Ukraine’s use of long-range weapons to target locations inside Russia.

This decision has been dubbed by Moscow as a “grave miscalculation.”

Speaking to foreign journalists from news outlets, including AFP, Putin made it clear that Russia could consider an “asymmetric” response to the West’s actions.

“If someone thinks it is possible to supply such weapons to a warzone to attack our territory and create problems for us, why don’t we have the right to supply weapons of the same class to regions of the world where there will be strikes on sensitive facilities of those [Western] countries,” Putin stated.

Dispelling the Imperial Ambition Myth

Amidst these stark warnings, Putin categorically dismissed the notion that Russia harbors imperial ambitions and plans to attack NATO members, calling such suggestions “nonsense.”

His comments reflect a persistent attempt to reshape the narrative surrounding Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine and its broader geopolitical strategy.