Amid fears Russia will invade Ukraine, Putin points finger at U.S. and NATO in marathon news conference – The Washington Post

Though Putin was given two opportunities to say definitively that Russia would not invade Ukraine, he instead reiterated his demand for a promise in writing that NATO would not expand eastward. He said the talk of “war, war, war,” from a Russian perspective, could be read as a signal that Kyiv, not Moscow, is the side preparing to attack. “And we are warned in advance, ‘Don’t get involved, don’t meddle, don’t defend these people,'” he said, referring to the Russia-backed separatist territories in eastern Ukraine. “‘If you defend, these sanctions will follow.’”

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