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FACT CHECK: Putin Speech About Ukraine Joining NATO Is From 2022

video shared on facebook It will introduce a recent speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he stated that Ukraine's membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) would lead to nuclear war.

Verdict: False

That claim is false. The original video comes from the Daily Mail and is included in his February 2022 article published by the outlet.

Fact check:

President Putin has reportedly told Western countries that sending troops to Ukraine would “trigger a nuclear war” amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Reuters. According to the paper, President Putin issued the warning on February 29 during a meeting of Russian parliamentarians.

A video on Facebook purports to show Putin's recent speech in which he said Ukraine's membership in NATO would lead to nuclear war. The caption of the video reads: “If Ukraine joins NATO and tries to take back Crimea by military force, it means that European countries will automatically be drawn into war with Russia.”

“Of course, the potential of NATO and Russia is incomparable. We understand that. But we also understand that Russia is one of the major nuclear powers. With that latest component you will outperform many components. There will be no winners and you will be drawn into this conflict against your will. Article 5. If you do it, you won't even have time to blink.”

In addition to Facebook, there are also videos Also available in Xhas been viewed over 500,000 times at the time of writing.

However, the video does not show President Putin's recent speech. The original video is daily mail included in Articles for February 2022 Published by Outlet. The paper said Putin's speech followed a meeting between the Russian president and French President Emmanuel Macron, during which the two sides reportedly discussed a possible agreement on Ukraine. According to the report, a Kremlin spokesperson denied that an agreement had been reached.
NATO Article 5 focuses on “collective defense”; state “If a NATO ally becomes the victim of an armed attack, all other members of the alliance shall consider this act of violence to be an armed attack against all members and shall be deemed necessary to support the attacked ally. Take action.”

Check Your Fact has reached out to the Kremlin for comment and will update this article accordingly.

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