Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States and NATO have not met Russia’s security demands regarding Ukraine, but Moscowѐ she is still ready to talk. This is Putin’s first reaction to the West ‘s written response to Russia’ s demands, which he gave in a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron after weeks of silence over the crisis on the Ukrainian – Russian border, according to world media.
The Kremlin says Putin told Macron he would study written responses from Washington and NATO this week before deciding on further action.
“Attention has been drawn to the fact that the United States and NATO have not taken into account Russia’s main concerns,” the Kremlin said. A written response has not yet been released, but Lavrov said on Thursday that the public would be informed soon.
The Russians are urging the West not to expand NATO to the east and not to deploy offensive weapons near Russia’s borders. Moscow wants the North Atlantic military capabilities and infrastructure to return to what it was before the former Warsaw Pact countries joined NATO.
“The key question is ignored – how do the United States and its allies intend to uphold the principle of security integrity that no one should strengthen their security at the expense of another country’s security?” The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which contains these principles, writes in the journalistic reports.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Moscow did not want a war.
“If it depends on Russia, there will be no war. We do not want wars. “We also do not want our interests to be trampled on, ignored,” he told Russian radio stations.
He said on Friday that he could not rule out the possibility that there could be forces in eastern Ukraine that wanted to provoke a conflict, Russian news agencies reported.
“According to Western data, I think there are about 100,000 troops on the front. “And the regime in Kiev does not control most of these armed men,” Lavrov said.
NATO said on Friday it was closely monitoring Russia, which has regrouped tens of thousands of troops near the border with Ukraine. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was ready to increase its military presence in Europe and that Russian aggression could take the form of a cyber-attack, coup attempt or sabotage.