Russian President Vladimir Putin wants “immediate” talks with NATO and the United States about his country’s security guarantees. He stated this during a telephone conversation with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö, according to the Kremlin.
President Putin said he wants to enter negotiations as soon as possible “to arrive at international guarantees regarding the security of our country,” according to an interview report published by the Russian government. He wants to prevent NATO from expanding eastward. Nor does Russia want to place weapons systems in neighboring countries such as Ukraine.
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Russia has amassed a large army on the border with that neighboring country, which wants to join NATO. This is a major concern in Western capitals. There are fears that Russia is considering an invasion. During his meeting with President Niinisto, President Putin said that Ukraine is increasingly using “heavy weapons and attack drones” against pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country.
Finland itself works closely with NATO and has been considering joining for some time.