During a telephone conversation, Putin noted the need to prevent the expansion of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and the deployment of attack weapons systems near Russia’s borders as Moscow’s priorities are overlooked by western countries, the Kremlin’s official website reported.
The Russian head of State said that other security guarantee initiatives that were not considered were the requirement of returning the military potential and NATO’s infrastructure in Europe to the positions of 1997, the year when the founding charter of the Russia-NATO Council was signed.
Putin told Macron that Washington also ignored the key question of how the United States and its allies intend to follow the principle of security indivisibility enshrined in the OSCE and Russia-NATO’s basic documents, which stipulate that nobody should strengthen their security at the expense of other countries’ one.
He went on to say that Moscow will carefully study the written replies received on January 26 and will decide its future actions.
Regarding the situation in Ukraine, the Russian president highlighted the importance of Kiev’s strict compliance with the provisions of Minsk’s package of measures.
In this regard, he considered that the Ukrainian Government should establish direct dialogue with the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk and legalize the special status of Donbass.