Putin renews threats to NATO

sour president Vladimir Putin The West threatened unspecified steps if its proposals for binding security guarantees were rejected. If negotiations fail, the answer “will depend on the proposals that our military experts will give me,” Putin said on state television on Sunday. In light of the tensions, NATO plans to hold talks with Moscow. The NATO-Russia Council may meet in January for the first time in two and a half years. Moscow is still studying participation.

But Putin has signaled once again his willingness to resolve the new tensions in the Ukraine conflict diplomatically. Talks with the United States are scheduled for January. In a draft agreement that has already been published, Moscow calls for an end to NATO’s eastward expansion, which it sees itself as threatening. In addition, Russia wants to ensure that Ukraine does not become a member of NATO. The Western military alliance has long rejected this demand.

‘Resolution required’

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, warned on state television against postponing the upcoming talks. “A resolution is required, a quick and tangible solution – and a solution that suits our interests.”

For weeks, the West has been particularly concerned about the fact that Russia has amassed tens of thousands of soldiers in regions not far from Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense in Moscow announced, on Saturday, the return of more than 10 thousand soldiers to their bases after a maneuver. However, it remained open, how many of them were on the border with Ukraine.

At a press conference on Thursday, Putin did not give a clear answer to a question if he could guarantee that his country would not invade Ukraine. “Russia did not attack anyone first,” his spokesman Pesco said over the weekend about the West’s concerns.

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In 2014, despite all the international protests, Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea. The West threatened Moscow with dire consequences in the event of an attack on the neighboring country.

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