“This doesn’t mean at all that we are going to brandish the sword and move our troops somewhere. That’s complete rubbish. Nothing of the kind is the case or can be,” Putin told a news conference in Moscow on Thursday when asked whether Russia might move troops into Crimea.
He said the current situation in Crimea has nothing in common with the August 2008 state of affairs in South Ossetia when Russian forces moved in to fight the Georgian attack on the region.
“You compared the issue of South Ossetia and Abkhazia with the situation in Crimea. I don’t believe it is a fair comparison to make. Nothing like what was happening to South Ossetia and Abkhazia is happening to Crimea,” Putin said.