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Putin threatens the West – NATO is ready to talk

Sunday, 12/26/2021 3:06 PM from

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BRUSSELS / MOSCOW (dpa-AFX) – Russia’s head of state Vladimir Putin has threatened the West with unspecified steps if his proposals for binding security guarantees are rejected. If the negotiations fail, the answer will “depend on the proposals that our military experts will make to me,” the president said on state television on Sunday. In view of the tensions, NATO is planning talks with Moscow. The NATO-Russia Council could meet in January for the first time in two and a half years. Moscow is still examining participation.

But Putin once again signaled his readiness to diplomatically resolve the new tensions in the Ukraine conflict. Talks with the USA are scheduled for January. In a draft agreement that has already been published, Moscow is calling for an end to NATO’s eastward expansion, which it sees itself threatened by. In addition, Russia wants to ensure that Ukraine does not become a member of NATO. The Western military alliance has always rejected this demand.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned on state television against dragging out the upcoming talks. “A decision is required, a quick, concrete solution – and a solution that suits our interests.”

The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj asked in a conversation with US members of the Congress and Senate that the UN should be included in the peace process. “Now more than ever it is not words that count, but decisive action. My goal is to stop the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine,” he said, according to the presidential office. The security of Europe is at risk.

In eastern Ukraine, shortly before Christmas, the conflicting parties agreed to abide by the ceasefire that had existed for a year and a half. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) nevertheless reported many violations. In a statement published on Sunday night, the OSCE complained that the work of the independent observers had been hindered the day before in the Luhansk region./cht/DP/he

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