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West takes Russia’s red line warning lightly


MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin say the West considers a warning Russia not to cross the “red line” too lightly. He also said Moscow needed serious security guarantees from the West.

In a wide-ranging foreign policy speech, the Kremlin leader also described relations with United States of America (The US) was “unsatisfactory” but said Russia remained open to dialogue with Washington.

In September the Kremlin said that NATO will step over Russia’s red line if it expands its military infrastructure in Ukraine , and Moscow has since accused Ukraine and NATO of destabilizing behavior, including in the Black Sea.

In a televised address, Putin complained that Western strategic bombers carrying weapons were flying within 20 km of the Russian border.

Also read: Putin Calls NATO’s Military Presence in Ukraine a Threat to Russia

“We are constantly voicing our concerns about this, talking about red lines, but we understand our partners – how can I put it mildly – have a very shallow attitude to all our warnings and talk of red lines,” Putin said.

“NATO has destroyed all dialogue mechanisms,” Putin added Reuters, Friday (11/19/2021).

He told Foreign Ministry officials that Russia needed to seek long-term security guarantees from the West, though he said this would be difficult and did not specify what form of assurances should be taken.

Russian-Western relations have been at post-Cold War lows for years, but in recent weeks are in free fall as Ukraine and NATO countries have raised concerns over Russian troop movements near the Ukrainian border and tried to guess Moscow’s true intentions.

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