Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin's party wins big majority in Russian parliamentary elections Putin's party expected to keep control of lower house amid fraud complaints Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' MORE on Thursday vowed to “knock out the teeth” of any power that attempts to take a portion of his country’s territory.
"Everyone wants to 'bite' us somewhere or 'bite off' something of ours, but those that would do this should know that we will knock out the teeth of all of them so they aren't able to bite. ... And the key to this is the development of our armed forces," Putin said during televised remarks at a virtual meeting with senior officials, according to Reuters.
The wire service reported that Putin, when making these remarks, was discussing what he referred to as comments made by foreign entities that questioned Russia’s control of Siberia.
"Some even dare to say publicly that it is allegedly unfair that Russia owns the wealth of a region such as Siberia. Only one country does," Putin said, according to Reuters.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the news outlet noted, has been cited with making a similar comment, but has denied such claims.
The comments from Putin come amid calls for a summit between him and President BidenJoe BidenHouse clears bill to provide veterans with cost-of-living adjustment On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit MORE, as tensions between the two countries have grown.
Earlier this month, Biden said he is “confident” that he and Putin can meet in June, even though the details of any face-to-face meetings have not yet been agreed upon.
“I'm confident we'll be able to do it. We don't have any specific time or place. That's being worked on,” Biden said.
Last month the Biden administration slapped sanctions on Russia for its alleged involvement in the SolarWinds cyber attack, foreign influence operations around U.S. elections and other concerns.