Russia Ukraine Crisis: For the first time since the Ukraine crisis, Putin reiterated his demand in a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron.
For the first time, Russian President Vladimir Putin has broken his silence on the issue after deploying missiles, tanks and combat vehicles along with 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border. This time around, Putin said "the key issues have been ignored" when it comes to US-NATO intervention in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Vladimir Putin has said that the United States and NATO have not met Russia's main security demands in the ongoing dispute with Ukraine. For the first time since the Ukraine crisis, Putin reiterated his demand in a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron.
US President Joe Biden has announced plans to send additional troops to Eastern Europe after Russia imposed a siege on Ukraine. Meanwhile, Putin's statement is significant.
According to the Kremlin in Putin's office, Putin told Macron that "we will study the response from the United States and NATO and then take further action." Putin also noted that the United States and NATO did not address Russia's main security concerns in their responses.
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Putin wants Ukraine not to join NATO
Putin has called for an end to the Cold War, and for Ukraine to be granted NATO membership. Russia also wants a guarantee that would prevent Ukraine from becoming a permanent member of NATO. However, the United States has objected.
Offensive weapons should not be deployed near the Russian border. "No country should strengthen its security by endangering the security of another country," Putin said.
'Russia will not start war'
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov clarified his position on Friday. Russia will not start a war against Ukraine on its own, he said. However, he acknowledged that Russia would not allow Western nations to violate its security interests.