“If Russia faces a threat such as the North Atlantic Alliance or Ukraine joining NATO, the threats to our country will increase many times over,” Putin told a meeting of the National Security Council in the Kremlin.
In this context, the Russian leader recalled art. Possible attack on one of the NATO members of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty refers to an attack on the entire alliance. “It is clear from this article that all NATO nations must fight alongside one of their members if they feel they have been attacked,” he said.
According to Putin, Some NATO members are opposed to the adoption of the Ukraine agreement. At the same time, he pointed out that a memorandum had already been signed that opened the door to an alliance for Ukraine and Georgia. – My question is not answered, why was this done? Here is the answer: Under US pressure – the Russian president made the assessment.
Putin: The conspiracy took place in Ukraine
He argued that Moscow “made every effort from the outset to resolve the dispute between Kiev and Donbass peacefully”. As he added, “since the founding of the People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk, the conflict between the Kiev regime and the people living in these areas began”.
Putin said there was a coup in Ukraine in 2014, which some citizens did not accept. As he explained, this applies to people living in the Crimea and those living in the Donbass.
Previously, the self-proclaimed leaders of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lukansk They called on the President of Russia to recognize their independenceAnd consider the possibility of concluding an agreement on cooperation and communication in the field of defense. Putin announced today that a decision would be made on whether to recognize the two separatist regions as independent.
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