Vladimir Putin, President of the aggressor power, the Russian Federation, sees a threat to Russia in the event of the expansion of NATO infrastructure to the territory of Ukraine.
He stated that the “red lines” lie along the emergence of threats to Russia from the territory of Ukraine. The Russian leader has repeatedly stated that the expansion of NATO’s infrastructure to Ukraine would mean crossing these “red lines” in Moscow’s understanding.
This was reported by tsn.ua on November 30.
Following the Kremlin’s chief, during a press conference on the same day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Western countries had been provoking Ukraine and other countries to “anti-Russian actions” for more than a year already.
“I can confirm what is already well known: the West has long, not for the first year, been provoking Ukraine, and not only Ukraine, to anti-Russian actions,” said the chief Russian diplomat.
According to the top diplomat, drawing the post-Soviet countries into NATO is the “brightest example,” as the West is well aware of Moscow’s attitude to “these efforts.”
Lavrov has accused Ukraine of using weapons proscribed by the Minsk agreements in Donbas. At the same time, he suggested that the “Kyiv regime” would eventually fall into a “military adventurism.”
Earlier, a spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that expanding NATO’s infrastructure to Ukraine would mean crossing the “red lines” for Moscow. According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly discussed this with the self-styled President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.
In turn, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, responded to President Putin’s statement. According to the chief of Ukrainian diplomacy, Putin’s “red lines” are limited to the territory of the Russian Federation.
Earlier we reported that the Kremlin was looking for a formal pretext to launch an all-out war on Ukraine. The Russian Federation has already accused Ukraine’s Army of offensive actions in Donbas. Former Putin aide Vladislav Surkov said that Russia was set to expand its territories.