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Spokesman says Putin’s speech on Battle of Stalingrad differs from Munich speech

According to Dmitry Peskov, it is incorrect to compare or put these speeches in the same row
Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov Valery Sharifulin/TASS
Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov
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MOSCOW, February 3. /TASS/. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech on the 80th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Stalingrad and his 2007 Munich speech are different, and it would be incorrect to compare them or put them on a par.

"No, those speeches are different," Peskov told Rossiyskaya Gazeta, when asked whether Thursday’s speech will make history as the Stalingrad speech and will be on a par with the Munich speech.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended a gala concert dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Stalingrad on Thursday. During the speech, the president said "those who are dragging European countries, including Germany, into another war against Russia, apparently, don’t understand that a modern war against Russia will be completely different for them."

Later in the day, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov clarified Putin’s remarks, saying that Russia has something to respond to the West’s deliveries of new weapons to Ukraine and this can involve not only armor. "This means that Russia has the potential and as long as new weapons supplied by the collective West appear, Russia will use more fully its available potential to respond during the special military operation," Peskov told reporters.

On February 10, 2007 Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the Munich Security Conference with a speech that was instantly interpreted as the harshest-ever manifesto since the Cold War era. The Russian leader’s speech had a resounding effect: for the first time ever Russia explained its approach to world diplomacy so sternly and straightforwardly.

In his address, the Russian leader criticized the unipolar world order and warned of the risks of disproportionate use of force in international affairs. Also, he pointed to the drift away from international law towards military build-ups and another arms race. Putin drew attention to the problem of nuclear disarmament, militarization of space, and NATO’s eastward expansion.