Russian president delivered the warning after Seoul announced it would consider arming Kyiv.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday warned South Korea that sending lethal weapons to Ukraine would be a “big mistake.”

His comments come after Seoul announced it would consider arming Ukraine in response to Russia and North Korea signing a mutual defense pact on Wednesday.

“If South Korea supplies weapons to Ukraine, it will not like the answer. I hope they won’t do it, it would be a big mistake,” Putin said at a press conference in Vietnam, where he is conducting a two-day state visit aimed at deepening strategic cooperation.

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    Putin pledged military aid to South Korea’s greatest enemy, but then throws a hissy fit when South Korea considers military aid fir Ukraine in response. I’m sick of seeing the world being run by idiotic toddlers.

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      Like most tyrants, they purge critical minds and leave yes men. It increasingly skews their perception of reality and leaves them to think they’re far smarter than they really are. Putin is so fucked lol.

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    At this point he should just shut up. If Putins tells someone to not do something it is very likely that it is the exact thing they ought to do.

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    Oh god please no, please don’t escalate this war by adding the killer kind of weapons to it

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    If South Korea does this, he’ll tell his fat buddy Kim to send more shit balloons over the border.

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      It would be a mistake to send this amount of material. We should double the shipment. Hell, triple it.

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    That guy is still alive? Do I have to go there my self and build a 5 story building with precarious under engineered balconies?

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      Seriously dude, it seems no one in Russia has any balls. I was told Russia was a country in despair. Where are all the suicidal folk with a chip on their shoulder?

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        This is how dictators exist. The valuables they are stealing from their country get reinvested not just to their personal enrichment but also enriching those people key to keeping them in power, from bodyguard to security departments that spend most of their time monitoring citizens for wrong think.

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    The amount of times I’ve seen the headline “Putin tells [/Insert_Country] that [/Insert_UkraineAid] would be a ‘big mistake’”…

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    I’m sure China would be thrilled if Russia started WWIII on their border.
    But let’s be honest though, world war III started 3 years ago and as of right now there are currently 9 more active conflicts going on worldwide than the peak of world war II, but no one is going to call it a world war until the superpowers are in direct conflict with each other.

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      World wars don’t start until the superpowers are in direct conflict. That’s what defines a “World War”. There are always multiple conflicts going on around the globe.

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      as of right now there are currently 9 more active conflicts going on worldwide than the peak of world war II

      Are you really putting the regional conflicts occuring today in the same category as World War II, where over 70,000,000 people were killed? “World War III started 3 years ago” is the stuff of a conspiracist’s fever dream and is not based in any objective reality

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        On the other hand ww2 arguably started with Japan’s invasion of China in 1937. So it is possible that the Ukraine conflict is the opening stages of ww3, but say it definitely is the start of ww3 is way overstating it.

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          The Ukraine invasion is totally different though, the international community has already been involved for years and the front lines are more or less static at this point. What Japan did in China…no one stopped them and they kept going all over the Pacific. Another difference was Japan and Germany being formidable powers, Russia is nothing of the sort today, and China is smart enough to stay away

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            Agreed, WW2 scale became crazy because Japan and Germany were just allowed to conquer so much so fast before a meaningful response. Russia is being held to a much tighter theater from the onset.

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        I agree that seeing the current regional conflicts as the opening shots of WWIII is a bit hyperbolic, but I also think a much better comparison is the Balkan Wars of 1912-13 and the related July Crisis considering how the major powers are being lead through proxy conflicts into “a series of interrelated diplomatic and military escalations.”

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        “World War III started 3 years ago” is the stuff of a conspiracist’s fever dream and is not based in any objective reality

        I would have said that too…until I watched the Ryan McBeth video about it. I’m still not sure he’s correct but he does make a convincing argument that were not only in it but that it started in 2014.

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          At that point you’re kind of arguing that there was only one World War with a 20-year armistice. I can see what they mean, and certainly tensions are escalating, but we’ve still made a concerted effort to not drag more people in while limiting the expansion of Russia’s territory.

          In 5 or 10 years we will be talking about how we avoided the Russia-Ukraine conflict expanding into another world war or we will be talking about how these were the first stages of that conflict.

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          I was just about to link that video. He does put forward a convincing thesis in fairness to him.

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          His argument doesn’t make it sound at all like WW II though, there are way more parallels with the Cold War