Putin issues chilling threat to the West as Kremlin leader is sworn in for historic fifth term as Russian president

7 May 2024, 13:01 | Updated: 7 May 2024, 16:10

Putin issues chilling threat to the West as Kremlin leader is sworn in for historic fifth term as Russian president
Putin issues chilling threat to the West as Kremlin leader is sworn in for historic fifth term as Russian president. Picture: Alamy

By Danielle de Wolfe

Vladimir Putin has been sworn in as Russia's president, a ceremony that was accompanied by a chilling threat to the West from the Kremlin.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

The Russian president has now been sworn in, with his latest six-year term in office extending until 2030.

Putin has now served as Russia's leader for nearly a quarter-century, with the historic re-election marking his fifth term in office.

The makes him the longest-serving Kremlin leader since Josef Stalin.

The ceremony, taking place against the opulent backdrop of the Kremlin, was boycotted by both the UK and US.

It comes as a plot to assassinate President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was uncovered by Ukraine's state security service (SBU).

The ceremony, taking place against the opulent backdrop of the Kremlin, was boycotted by both the UK and US.
The ceremony, taking place against the opulent backdrop of the Kremlin, was boycotted by both the UK and US. Picture: Alamy

As part of the ceremony, Putin vowed to fight for the "rights of Russians", adding that he would uphold the "security and integrity of the state".

In his address, Putin declared: "The destiny of Russia will be determined by ourselves only."

"I will do everything possible, everything within my abilities to justify your trust."

The ceremony saw Putin place his hand on the Russian Constitution as he vowed to defend the nation.

He added: "We are a single and great nation and together we will overcome all obstacles and implement and realise everything that we dream of.

"Together we will win," he added as part of his latest address.

Read more: Russia announces nuclear weapon drills in warning to West after clash with senior officials

Read more: Israel orders 100,000 Palestinians to evacuate Rafah ahead of 'imminent' invasion

The UK and US have both boycotted the ceremony, with a spokesman for the Foreign Office adding: "The UK will not field a representative at the inauguration of President Vladimir Putin.”

"Russia’s assault on Ukraine is an unprovoked, premeditated, and barbaric attack against a sovereign democratic state. The UK condemns the Russian government’s reprehensible actions, which are an egregious violation of international law and the UN Charter."

Former Hollywood action hero and Russian citizen, Steven Seagal, joined Germany's ex-chancellor, Gerhard Schroder, at the 2018 ceremony.

This time around, it was a less international affair, despite Putin having an approval rating of 85% within the country - similar to that seen at the height of his popularity.

The ceremony, taking place against the opulent backdrop of the Kremlin, was boycotted by both the UK and US.
The ceremony, taking place against the opulent backdrop of the Kremlin, was boycotted by both the UK and US. Picture: Alamy

During his speech, Putin said Russia is ready to become an "honest" partner with anybody who is willing. 

"We are not even refusing the dialogue with Western countries," he said, adding: "We will see if they continue to halt the development of our country and continue to put pressure on our country, or look for ways to cooperate with us."

It comes as the plot against Zelenskyy was revealed in a Telegram post released by Ukraine's state security service (SBU) on Tuesday.

As part of the post, Head of the SBU, Vasyl Malyuk, described the attempt as a "gift to Putin before the inauguration".

As the ceremony was taking place, protestors gathered outside The Hague in the Netherlands to protest Putin's leadership and the War in Ukraine.

Dozens of demonstrators were seen to gather outside Peace Palace to protest the President's inauguration.

Dozens of demonstrators were seen to gather outside Peace Palace to protest the President's inauguration.
Dozens of demonstrators were seen to gather outside Peace Palace to protest the President's inauguration. Picture: Getty

It comes as the widow of Russia's former opposition leader, the late Alex Navalnay, labelled the Russian president a "liar", "thief" and a "murderer" ahead of the ceremony.

She added the fight against the president "can't stop" as long as alleged corruption continues.

Her comments came in a video posted on YouTube shortly before the historic ceremony, with Yulia Navalnaya explaining: "Huge sums of money are stolen from all of us every day to fund bombings of peaceful cities, riot police beating people with batons, propagandists spreading lies.

"And also for [the elite's] own palaces, yachts and private jets," she said."And as long as this continues, we can't stop the fight."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

A series of Israeli strikes have been launched against the Houthi-controlled port city of Hodeidah in Yemen

Israel launches series of air strikes on Houthi-controlled city in Yemen day after group claim deadly attack on Tel Aviv

Jay Slater and his mum, Debbie Duncan

Jay Slater's GoFundMe page hits £70k after teen's mum appeals for funeral donations

Holidaymakers have been left stranded during global IT outage

'We're not being given any information': Furious holidaymaker stranded in Rhodes tells of travel hell after IT outage

A burnt out car in the Leeds suburb of Harehills, after vehicles were set on fire and a police car was overturned as residents were warned to stay home following an outbreak of disorder on Thursday evening. Picture date: Friday July 19, 2024.

Further unrest in Leeds as hundreds take to streets to 'demand return of children' allegedly removed from local family

NHS England has warned of "continued disruption" to GP services into next week.

NHS warns of GP disruption after global IT outage as trains, planes and roads remain in chaos leaving Brits stranded

Planes, trains and roads have been hit by travel chaos following Friday's IT outage.

Holiday hell: Trains, planes and roads in chaos after global IT outage - with thousands of Brits stranded abroad

Graham Gomm

Prisoner who escaped custody at HMP Wormwood Scrubs during hospital trip is arrested following manhunt

Charles and Camilla attend the King's Parade outside Pomme d'Or Hotel, Liberation Square in St Helier, Jersey

Charles and Camilla 'rushed to safety by security' after suspect 'spotted on roof' just days after Trump rally shooting

A highway bridge collapsed in northwest China.

At least 12 people dead and more than 30 missing after China bridge collapses due to flooding

Ray Reardon has died

Snooker legend Ray Reardon dies aged 91 after cancer battle

Steve Baker and Tom Tugendhat

Top Tory reveals why he is backing Tom Tugendhat to 'put the party back together' as leader

The National Lottery site and app is down

National Lottery down as users unable to access site and app day after global IT outage

Thousands of flights were cancelled across the globe on Friday.

Travel misery continues as global IT outage 'could take weeks to clear' - with over 5,000 flights cancelled worldwide

Nadiya Bychkova allegedly made a complaint to Strictly bosses

Strictly pro Nadiya Bychkova breaks silence over 'complaint' amid misconduct scandal

An independent review has recommended teachers and nurses get 5.5% pay rises

Teachers and nurses among millions of public sector workers that should get 5.5% pay rise, ministers told

Tom Tugendhat

Two top Tories back Tom Tugendhat to be next Conservative leader