Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened foreign states that Moscow would knock the teeth out of any country that tried to take pieces of his country's "vast territory."
His statements came during a televised virtual meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday, May 20.
"Everyone wants to bite us somewhere or to bite off something from us. But they -- those who are going to do it -- should know that we will knock their teeth out so that they cannot bite," Putin said.
The Russian leader asserted that the key to preventing such attempts was the development of his country's armed forces.
He also said that Western sanctions against Russia have long tended to contain a strong rival, and claimed that critics of Moscow, whom he did not name, have argued that it was unfair for Russia to keep its vast natural riches all to itself.
Putin also claimed that Russia now has the most modern strategic nuclear forces compared to other nuclear powers, noting that Moscow this year is set to spend the equivalent of $42 billion on defense.
Western countries have imposed sanctions on Russia over the complaints about Moscow's activities and behavior, including election interference, the annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea, and the treatment of jailed opposition activist Aleksei Navalny.