NATO in order to define the legal guarantees for the security of our country “,” text “:” Vladimir Poutine underlined the need for the immediate launch of negotiations with the United States and NATO with a view to defining the legal guarantees for the security of our country”}}”>Vladimir Putin stressed the need for the immediate launch of negotiations with the United States and theNATO in order to define the legal guarantees for the security of our country, wrote the Kremlin in a statement after an exchange with the Finnish head of state Sauli Niinistö, whose country is a traditional intermediary between Russia and its Western rivals.
The Russian president hammered home the same message in an individual interview with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
For Vladimir Putin, such talks should make it possible to
exclude the future enlargement of the Alliance to the East and the deployment of weapons systems threatening Russia in Ukraine and other neighboring states.
In a videoconference interview in early December, he asked Joe Biden for legal guarantees of this type, Moscow believing that the West, by opening the Alliance to countries in Eastern Europe and the former USSR from of 1999, violated promises made after the fall of the Soviet Union to stem Russian influence.
For their part, Washington and theEU warned Moscow that in the event of an armed incursion into Ukraine, Russia would face unprecedented economic sanctions, even if retaliatory measures of this type have, so far and since 2014, had no effect on Russian politics.
The West has also refused to rule out any expansion of theNATO, while Ukraine’s accession is a red line for Russia. Already, Moscow had annexed the Ukrainian peninsula from Crimea in reaction to a pro-Western revolution in 2014.
The Kremlin is also seen as the political, economic and military godfather of the pro-Russian separatists with whom Ukrainian forces have been at war for almost eight years in eastern Ukraine.
It is in this context, moreover, that Russia is again suspected by the West of preparing an invasion of this country, deploying considerable forces at their common border.
The Kremlin rejects these accusations and instead asserts that Russia is under threat from theNATO, which is arming Kiev and increasing the deployment of air and sea assets in the Black Sea region.
On Tuesday again, the Russian army announced that it had carried out the
surveillance of a French frigate entering the Black Sea. Last week, she assured to have intercepted several French and American aircraft.
Ukraine is betting on strength, denounces Putin
In his interview with his Finnish counterpart, Vladimir Putin again accused the Ukrainian authorities of violating the Minsk agreements which establish a roadmap towards peace in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
According to him, the Ukrainian authorities
clearly bet on strength, using heavy weapons and attack drones in the Donbass.
For its part, if Ukraine had said it was satisfied with the firmness of Joe Biden during his meeting with Mr. Putin, it has not stopped for months complaining about the lack of eagerness of the West to support him in the practice.
Thus, Kiev denounces the blocking of the process of joining the Atlantic Alliance and the obstacles to the delivery of weapons systems. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in particular accused Berlin of hampering these supplies.
NATO and which are exclusively defensive weapons “,” text “:” Germany recently prevented us from obtaining shipments of anti-drone rifles and anti-sniper systems as part of the [la coopération avec] NATO and which are exclusively defensive weapons “}}”>Germany recently prevented us from obtaining shipments of anti-drone rifles and anti-sniper systems as part of the [la coopération avec] L’NATO and which are exclusively defensive weapons, Zelensky said in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica and which the Ukrainian Presidency made public in its entirety.
Any democratic state which protects itself against aggression must have the right to acquire this kind of defensive instrument. But, in some capitals, it is still fear that dominates, he estimated.