Russian pres. says west must immediately give Moscow security guarantees

Russian pres. says west must immediately give Moscow security guarantees

Marina Kortunova
Press TV, Moscow

President Vladimir Putin has talked about Moscow’s security proposals presented to the NATO alliance last week.

Speaking during his annual press conference, he said it is the Western countries that must immediately give Russia security guarantees, not the other way round. Putin said NATO’s efforts aimed at eastward expansion are unacceptable. The Russian leader also said the West is dishonest and reneges on its promises. Consequently, their weapon systems will emerge there!

A journalist believes that Putin’s statements serve as a deterrent against the West. Speaking about Ukraine, Putin said that Russia was responding to threats from Kiev. He called the 2014 Maidan Revolution a “bloody coup” that happened despite the readiness of Ukraine’s then-President Viktor Yanukovych to avoid it. He also accused Ukrainian extremists of planning operations to retake Crimea and the Donbass.

Putin said that he personally tried to discourage former Ukrainian President…

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