Putin accuses West of 'deliberately provoking war'

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, accused the West on Tuesday (1 Febuary) of "deliberately"  creating a scenario leading to war, and ignoring Russia's security concerns over Ukraine.

During a press conference held in the framework of a visit by Hungarian Prime Minister, Victor Orbán, Putin accused Western countries of "deliberately creating a situation to provoke a war". It was the first direct public comment in weeks by Putin on the situation around Ukraine.

Putin considers Ukraine's possible NATO membership a direct threat to Russia's security. He outlined a possible scenario: "if Ukraine joins NATO and decides to recapture Crimea", he said, "this could lead to a war between the Western alliance and Russia".

Russia has gathered more than 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border. Western countries fear an Russian invasion, but Putin has previously denied this.


source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: The Russian President, Vladimir Putin. AFP

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