Russia needs to stay clear of conflict with Ukraine and the West, President Vladimir Putin claims.
“This is not our (preferred) decision, we do not want this,” Putin claimed at his annual news conference on Thursday.
Putin stated Russia had received a usually beneficial reaction to safety proposals it handed to the United States this month and that negotiations would start off early future year in Geneva.
“I hope the advancement of the scenario will continue along that path,” he reported.
Russia rejects Ukrainian and US accusations that it may be preparing an invasion of Ukraine as early as next month by tens of hundreds of Russian troops poised within access of the border.
It states it wants pledges from the West – which include a guarantee not to perform NATO army exercise in Japanese Europe – simply because its protection is threatened by Ukraine’s escalating ties with the Western alliance and the probability of NATO missiles staying deployed in opposition to it on Ukrainian territory.