Putin: Russia is interested in guarantees that would rule out NATO's eastward expansion
Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out that NATO is attempts to develop the territory of Ukraine, during a conversation with his American colleague Joe Biden. This was reported on the Kremlin's website.
Putin noted that the responsibility for the situation in Ukraine should not be shifted onto Russia, since it is NATO that is building up its military potential at the Russian borders. He stressed that Russia is seriously interested in obtaining reliable guarantees that would exclude the expansion of the alliance in the east and the deployment of offensive weapons systems in neighboring countries.
Talks between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden were held on December 7 via a special channel video communication. In particular, the American leader voiced the concern of the United States and European allies with the buildup of Russian forces near the borders of Ukraine and made it clear that they would respond with decisive economic and other measures in the event of a military escalation.
In addition, the summit raised the topic of strategic stability and cybersecurity. Another area of conversation was “regional topics, such as Iran,” noted in Washington.