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Russian army could reach Bucharest in two days, Putin reportedly told Poroshenko

President Vladimir Putin warned his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in a recent conversation that the Russian army had the capacity to reach the capitals of Romania, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia in two days, German daily ‘Suddeutsche Zeitung’ states in its Thursday edition, citing an internal European Union document, according to EFE.
‘If I wanted, the Russian troops could reach not just Kiev, but also Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw or Bucharest in two days’, Putin allegedly told Poroshenko, according to the latter’s report.
The document the German daily refers to was drafted following talks between the Ukrainian president and the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, after they had each talked to Putin, Agerpres reports.
The Ukrainian leader informed EC President Jose Manuel Barroso about the threat during the visit he made to Kiev on Friday, ‘Bloomberg’ quotes ‘Sueddeutsche Zeitung’ as saying.
If confirmed, this would be the first explicit threat the Russian leader makes to European Union and NATO member states.
Enquired on the subject, Putin’s spokesman Dmitri Peskov stated: ‘I am not commenting on signs of mass psychosis’, Mediafax reports.
Previously, Russian President Vladimir Putin had ostentated the ability to conquer Kiev in ‘two weeks’, in a telephone conversation with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
In an article run by Italian daily ‘La Repubblica’ on September 1, Jose Manuel Barroso related that Putin had refused to answer his questions on the presence of Russian soldiers in Ukraine, taking a threatening position: ‘If I wanted, I could take Kiev in two weeks’, Mediafax recalls.

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