The Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed his neighbouring countries on Friday asking them to normalise relations.
Putin has asked neighbours to normalise relations with Russia and said during a televised speech, “There are no bad intentions towards our neighbours.”
Putin then issued a fresh warning to his neighbouring countries and to other world leaders advising them “not to escalate the situation.”
The Russian dictator warned, “I would also advise them not to escalate the situation, not to introduce any restrictions.
“We fulfil all our obligations and will continue to fulfil them. We do not see any need here to aggravate or worsen our relations.
“I think everyone must think about how to normalise relations, co-operate normally and develop relations normally.
“And all our actions, if they arise, they always arise exclusively in response to some unfriendly actions, actions against the Russian Federation.”
Putin’s televised address seemed to be in a slightly more conciliatory in tone than has been heard over the last week.
World commentators invariably suggest that Putin’s words and his intensions should not be taken at face value as they are are notoriously difficult to interpret.