Sputnik Maxim Blinov
Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that NATO has deceived Russia with its pledges not to expand to the east, pointing out that the alliance’s military presence in Ukraine poses a threat to Russia.
Speaking at the Valdai International Forum for Dialogue, Putin said: “Look at what was happening in the late eighties and early nineties, when it was said from all sides that after the unification of Germany there would be no move to the east in any way. This is what Russia would have been. “I trust him.. That’s what they told us, but that was a verbal statement. What really happened? They cheated.”
He pointed out that “Ukraine’s official membership in NATO is something that may not happen in the first place, but NATO’s military presence there continues, which poses a real threat to Russia, and we are aware of this danger.”
Putin noted that US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, with his statements, “opens the gates of NATO to Ukraine.”
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