Putin threatens military action if NATO rejects Russian ultimatum
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President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that if NATO did not provide binding guarantees to restrict military deployments in Eastern Europe and ban Ukraine from joining the alliance, it would be forced to consider various options, including a military response.
Putin’s demands are contained in two draft treaties that Russia submitted to NATO earlier this month.
POLITICS Putin reported, whose words aired on Russian state television on Sunday, expressed concern about the possibility of missiles being deployed in Ukraine if the former Soviet satellite joined NATO.
“We have nowhere to retreat,” Putin said. “They pushed us to a line that we can’t cross. They pushed it to the point where we just have to say to them, ‘Stop!’” Asked about the exact nature of the answer he was offering, Putin said so “would depend on the proposals that our military experts submit to me.”
NATO is unlikely to accept Putin’s terms. “NATO member countries decide who is a NATO member, not Russia,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, according to the report. The Washington Post. President Biden has threatened to toughen sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine.
The Russian military announced on Saturday that more than 10,000 Russian troops had returned to their bases after a month of drilling on the Ukrainian border, Reuters reports. Despite the reduction, Russia still has tens of thousands of troops stationed at the Ukrainian border, and intelligence analysts continue to warn that an invasion could be imminent.
Russian state media frequently label Ukraine a “colony of the West” and label Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, without evidence, a drug addict, according to the BBC. More than 14,000 people have been killed in fighting between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine since 2014.
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