NATO expansion towards Russian borders ‘one of the potential threats’ to us but Moscow is ready to talk – Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that NATO getting closer to the nation’s borders poses a threat to the country, as the alliance keeps beefing up military might and citing Moscow as a perceived threat.
Speaking at a defense-themed event on Tuesday, Putin said that NATO’s outdated “bloc-focused” way of thinking cannot serve as a “good instrument for making effective decisions” in the present-day world.
The president was commenting on the NATO summit, which is currently under way in London.
Today we must consider the fact that the enlargement of NATO and the development of its military infrastructure near our borders is one of potential threats to the security of our country.
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The Russian leader said that the US-led alliance did not stop admitting new member states even after the Cold War ended with the breakup of the USSR.
As we know, the Soviet Union doesn’t exist anymore, and neither does the Warsaw Pact military bloc, which was created [by the USSR and its allies in Eastern Europe] in response to the creation of NATO. But NATO not only continues to exist, it continues to develop.
The Russian leader emphasized, however, that Moscow, just like it had done in the past, remains ready to partner with NATO on solving “actual challenges,” like terrorism, local armed conflicts, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The Western military bloc has admitted 13 new members since the end of the Cold War, all of whom are former Soviet bloc states. Moscow has vehemently opposed this move since the 1990s, insisting that the expansion of the alliance undermines its security and creates tension in Europe.
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