Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that any frontal war between NATO forces and the Russian army would ’cause disaster for the whole world’. Putin issued the warning in a speech on Friday amid a fierce war of words between the US-led NATO forces and Russia over the past few days.

Meanwhile, both Russia and NATO have also announced nuclear drills in the next few days, raising tensions.

President Putin, who is visiting Kazakhstan, said at a press conference in Astana on Friday, “Any conflict between NATO troops and the Russian army will cause a global catastrophe. I hope those who are talking like that don’t do it.”

A day before Putin’s speech, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia would cross “an important redline” if it ordered the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

In addition, NATO is going to hold a military exercise called ‘Steadfast Noon’ next week in which nuclear-armed warplanes will take part. However, the drills will not use any fresh nuclear weapons and will take place 1,000 kilometers from the Russian mainland. At the same time, Russia also announced military exercises. NATO is monitoring Moscow’s movements, Stoltenberg said.

Meanwhile, Putin said that no major attacks will be carried out in Ukraine in the ongoing war. He said there was no need for such an attack. We have other work to do now. ‘Putin made these comments at the Astana conference a few days after a series of missile attacks across Ukraine, BBC reported.

October 15/ES