Vladimir Putin: Russia ready to discuss confidence-building measures
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Moscow was ready for talks with the United States and NATO on limits on missile deployments and military transparency.
Speaking after talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Putin said the United States and NATO had rejected Moscow’s request to keep Ukraine and other ex-Soviet countries out of NATO, to stop the deployment of weapons near the Russian borders and to roll back the forces of the Eastern European alliance.
They agreed to discuss a series of security measures that Russia had previously proposed.
Putin said Russia was ready to engage in talks on limits on the deployment of intermediate-range missiles in Europe, transparency of exercises and other confidence-building measures, but stressed the need for the West to take into account the main demands of Russia.
The statement follows the Russian Defense Ministry’s announcement of a partial troop withdrawal after military exercises, adding to hopes that the Kremlin does not plan to invade Ukraine imminently. The Russian military gave no details on where the troops were retreating from, or how many.
Russia has denied any plans to invade Ukraine.
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