Russia’s state-run media reports that President Vladimir Putin didn’t really mean it when he said he could conquer Ukraine’s capital.

An aide reportedly said that the head of the European Union took Putin’s remarks out of context.

Putin had reportedly said in a phone call, “If I want to, I could take Kiev in two weeks.”


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In a speech Friday, Putin said, “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations.”

Ukrainian officials allege that Russian troops are in two major cities, but Russia denies that.

Foreign affairs journalist Gordon Chang said that “this has hit a tipping point,” and we are now starting to see new attitudes toward Russia among the U.S. and NATO.


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“The world changed on Friday because [Putin] talked about first of all Russia being a strong nuclear power, he talked about nuclear deterrence, and then he used a term for eastern Ukraine that means ‘New Russia.’ So that’s basically saying, ‘I’m gonna hold onto eastern Ukraine and use my worst weapons to do so," Chang said.

Now, China and North Korea are watching to see if this tactic works, Chang said.

“So, nuclear weapons, which were once defensive in nature for more than a generation, have now become appliances of aggression,” Chang said.

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