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January 1, Putin Blames US for Tensions, Demands Security Assurances



Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the U.S. and its allies over “tensions that are building up in Europe” and demanded guarantees that NATO will not expand eastwards.

Putin’s comments came as part of a speech at a meeting with Russia’s top military officials days after Moscow submitted documents demanding that NATO deny membership to Ukraine and other former Soviet countries.

The demands come amid rising tensions over a buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine that has sparked fears of a possible invasion.

According to the Associated Press, “Russia has denied it has plans to attack its neighbor but pressed for legal guarantees that would rule out NATO expansion and weapons deployment there.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the U.S. is working with its European allies to address “Russian aggression” diplomatically, but President Joe Biden opposes the guarantees that Putin seeks.

“The president has been extremely clear for many, many years about some basic principles that no one is moving back on: the principle that one country does not have the right to change by force the borders of another, that one country does not have the right to dictate the policies of another or to tell that that country with whom they may associate,” Blinken said.

“One country does not have the right to exert a sphere of influence. That notion should be relegated to the dustbin of history.”

Putin said that NATO’s expanded eastward for decades while saying that Russia had no reason to worry.

“What is happening now, tensions that are building up in Europe, is [U.S. and NATO’s] fault every step of the way,” Putin said.

“Russia has been forced to respond at every step. The situation kept worsening and worsening, deteriorating and deteriorating. And here we are today, in a situation when we’re forced to resolve it somehow.”


Putin blames West for tensions, demands security guarantees

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  1. Pete0097

    December 25, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    He is right. The US was stupid enough to “vote” for Biden and now the world will suffer.

  2. Gerald Ladd

    December 25, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    LMAO…I knew it. Putin is a demonRAT. DemonRATS always blame someone else.

  3. Charles

    December 25, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    I can’t really blame Putin for not wanting encroachment on my boarders. How would the United States feel if Mexico and Canada became partners of the Eastern block nations? Russia as well as China is smart enough not to start crap. They will just sit back and wait for us to destroy ourselves from within without firing a single shot. It is just a waiting game.

    • Glen

      December 30, 2021 at 2:18 am

      Russia wants to control Eastern Europe like they did under the Communists. They would like Finland. That has been their centuries old goal.

  4. daniel miller

    December 25, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    What’s the difference between Putin and Biden…? Depends.

  5. CharlieSeattle

    December 25, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    ………….. former Soviet countries?? I don’t think so!

    Those ……… former Soviet countries were taken by force! It they loved Mother Russia they would not have left. Forced deportation, Gulags and slave labor. Starvation, Murder, state theft of land and businesses……………….Remember now?? Putin you KGB drone!

    Putin is living in a marxist bubble of self delusion! WAKE THE FFFFFFFFFFFFF UP and join the human race!!

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