In recent months, Russia has multiplied its military presence on the Ukrainian border. Many international analysts feared that Putin would become embroiled in a dispute with the West, including the United States, over the Ukraine issue. But after much speculation, Russian President Vladimir Putin has allayed those fears. News from AFP and Reuters.
At a news conference on Thursday, Putin said Russia wants to avoid conflict with Ukraine and the West. “We don’t like it (war), and we don’t want it.”
At the time, Putin said Russia had already received a positive response to the security offer, which was being handed over to the United States this month. A compromise meeting on the issue could begin early next year in Geneva, Switzerland. “I hope the situation will improve and we will move forward with a better goal,” he said.
Russia recently mobilized thousands of troops on the Ukraine-Russia border. However, Russia has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once.
Russia says it wants a commitment from Western nations. And that is to prevent NATO forces from operating in Western Europe. The country claims that Russia is facing a security threat as Ukraine’s relations with its Western allies are strengthened. Russia fears that NATO could use its territory to launch missiles into Ukraine’s territory.
Earlier on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow could hold talks with the United States on the Ukraine issue in January. He said the meeting would raise concerns over the Ukraine conflict.
Sergei Lavrov made the remarks following remarks by US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried. Last Tuesday, Karen Donfried also spoke to reporters about the January meeting. At the time, however, he warned that Russia’s offer was “unacceptable.”
Russia last week presented two draft security proposals to the West. One is aimed at NATO and the other is aimed at the United States. Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) appealed to the United States and NATO last Wednesday to protect Europe’s interests. The security of Europe is currently under threat, the agency said in a statement.