Putin called the question of “attack” on Ukraine provocative

“This is a provocative question. Russia is pursuing a peaceful foreign policy, but & nbsp; it has the right to ensure its security, as I & nbsp; already said, in the & nbsp; medium and & nbsp; longer term. And & nbsp; we & nbsp; are discussing this with & nbsp; our partners, with & nbsp; all our partners, including my yesterday's interlocutor & nbsp; & mdash; President of the United States Mr. Biden & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; Putin said at a & nbsp; press conference on & nbsp; the results of a meeting with & nbsp; Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Speaking about the & nbsp; prospects for Kiev's joining & nbsp; NATO, the Russian leader noted that & nbsp; in & nbsp; in this case, there could be & nbsp; Ukraine deployed weapons that threaten Russia. He & nbsp; expressed the hope that & nbsp; & nbsp; & quot; all concerns about & nbsp; NATO enlargement & quot; will be heard.

Earlier, on December 7 & nbsp; Putin and Joseph Biden talked via & nbsp; video link. The & nbsp; Kremlin said that & nbsp; negotiations were frank and & nbsp; businesslike. In the course of the conversation, the American leader drew attention to the & nbsp; allegedly threatening nature of the movements of Russian troops near the & nbsp; border with & nbsp; Ukraine and & nbsp; outlined the sanctions measures that the United States and & nbsp; their & nbsp; allies were & nbsp; ready to apply in the & nbsp; case of further deterioration of the situation. He also called for & nbsp; to de-escalate the situation.

In the & nbsp; answer to & nbsp; this is the Russian president emphasized that & nbsp; not & nbsp; it is necessary to shift responsibility for & nbsp; what is happening on & nbsp; shoulders of the Russian Federation, since it is NATO that is making dangerous attempts to conquer Ukrainian territory and & nbsp; is building up its military potential at & nbsp; Russian borders.

< p> 6 & nbsp; December, the press secretary of the President of & nbsp; RF Dmitry Peskov said that & nbsp; the Kremlin sees clearly aggressive rhetoric of the West on & nbsp; Ukraine and & nbsp; media stuffing on & nbsp; allegedly planned Russian invasion of & nbsp; this country. According & nbsp; he said, the tension in & nbsp; Ukraine can be removed only by receiving a guarantee that & nbsp; Kiev has abandoned & nbsp; a possible solution to the problem of Donbass by force.

According to & nbsp; according to the & nbsp; spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & nbsp; of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova, the United States is conducting a special operation to & nbsp; whipping up the situation around & nbsp; Ukraine with & nbsp; shifting responsibility to & nbsp; Russia. She noted that & nbsp; is a classic Western tactic.