Putin accuses the West of taking Russia’s ‘red lines’ too evenly

Russian president says Moscow wants severe safety ensures from the West, accuses NATO of destroying all mechanisms for dialogue.

President Vladimir Putin has stated the West is taking Russia’s warnings to not cross its “red lines” too evenly and accused NATO of destroying all mechanisms for dialogue with Moscow.

In a wide-ranging televised international coverage speech on Thursday, Putin additionally described relations with the United States as “unsatisfactory” however stated Russia remained open to talks with Washington.

The Kremlin stated in September that NATO, the US-headed transatlantic safety alliance with which Moscow severed ties final month, would overstep a Russian crimson line if it expanded its navy infrastructure in neighbouring Ukraine.

Moscow has since accused Kyiv and NATO – of which Ukraine is an ally however not a member – of destabilising behaviour, together with within the Black Sea.

Putin stated Western strategic bombers carrying “very serious weapons” had been flying inside 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) of Russia’s borders.

“We’re constantly voicing our concerns about this, talking about red lines, but we understand our partners – how shall I put it mildly – have a very superficial attitude to all our warnings and talk of red lines,” he stated.

Growing rigidity over Ukraine

Putin stated Russia wanted to hunt long-term ensures of its safety from the West, although he stated this may be troublesome and didn’t spell out what type the assurances ought to take.

Russia-West ties have been at post-Cold War lows since 2014, when Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula and a struggle broke out between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatist forces in jap Ukraine.

But the tone has sharpened in current weeks as Kyiv and NATO member states have raised fears over renewed Russian troop actions near its frontier with Ukraine after Moscow performed struggle video games within the area earlier this yr.

Ukraine’s defence ministry stated in early November that about 90,000 Russian troops had been stationed near the border.

Despite the rising rigidity, nonetheless, the Kremlin has maintained high-level contacts with Washington and spoken repeatedly of a attainable summit between Putin and US President Joe Biden to observe up their preliminary assembly in Geneva in June, which Putin stated had opened up room for an enchancment in ties.

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned cybersecurity, Ukraine and the migration disaster on the Belarus border in a telephone name on Wednesday, the Kremlin stated.

“This was all in the framework of preparation for … high-level contact,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated.