- The Washington Times - Friday, February 20, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed that no country has military superiority over Russia.

“No one should have the illusion that they can gain military superiority over Russia, put any kind of pressure on it. We will always have an adequate answer for any such adventures,” he said, according to excerpts from an address he will make next week on the Defenders’ of the Fatherland Day holiday, Interfax reported.

A further translation of Mr. Putin’s upcoming remarks by Business Insider: “Our soldiers and officers have proven that they are ready to act decisively smoothly, professionally and courageously, to perform the most difficult non-standard tasks, as befits a modern hardened combat-ready army that protects their traditions and military duty.”

Mr. Putin’s rhetoric comes just two days after the United Kingdom released images of Russian SA-22 surface-to-air missile systems operating in Ukraine.

“More proof of direct Russian military involvement in the conflict,” the U.K. Joint Delegation to NATO tweeted Wednesday.

Russian officials deny that Moscow is providing arms and logistical support to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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