Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia will not back down from using weapons in the face of “strategic security” threats. He made the warning at a lawmakers’ meeting in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. Putin also warned that if any country “intervenes” in Ukraine, Moscow will respond swiftly.

Al-Jazeera reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the ceremony. He said Russia had already made all decisions on what steps to take to address the “strategic security” threat.

On Western intervention in Ukraine, Putin said, “If anyone wants to intervene in the current situation in Ukraine, they should know that Russia will respond very quickly.” “We have all kinds of weapons that the West has not yet acquired,” he said. But we will not be proud of our weapons. We will use these if necessary. We want to make this known to all. ”

Earlier, Russia cut off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria. The Kremlin has threatened to shut down other European countries if Russia’s currency, the ruble, is not paid. Poland has reacted strongly to this. The country’s president called it a violation of “basic legal principles.” Ukraine’s neighbor says Russia is thus trying to divide its Western allies. Then came Putin’s announcement.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen thinks blocking gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria is a form of blackmail. However, Moscow has denied the allegations.

Al-Jazeera reports that Poland and Bulgaria are heavily dependent on Russia. Poland imports 55 percent and Bulgaria 90 percent.

Last March, Russia imposed a ruble price on countries importing gas from Russia. However, many buyers are not willing to accept Moscow’s demand.