NATO, China, anti-vaxxers: Putin wraps up 2021 with a major press-conference

NATO, China, anti-vaxxers: Putin wraps up 2021 with a major press-conference

The Russian leader set out his opinion on everything from conflict with NATO to the anti-vaxx movement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has wound up his annual end-of-year press conference, having taken questions on the Kremlin’s policy positions at home and abroad, amid strained relations with the West, high rates of Covid-19 deaths and pressure on a range of domestic political issues.

Talks with NATO

Last week, Moscow issued a series of proposals to both Washington and NATO as part of a bid to seek assurances that the US-led military bloc will not expand closer to its borders. The demands include written guarantees that the ambitions of Ukrainian politicians to join will not be realized, with the Kremlin having long described the prospect of Western troops and hardware being deployed to the former Soviet Republic as a red line.

Just a day before, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that talks would soon take…

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