September 29, 2022

Putin Has Stated That He Does Not Desire War In Europe As A Result Of The Ukraine Situation

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of judges of general jurisdiction and arbitration courts of the Russian Federation via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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Putin has stated that while Russia “of course” does not wish for conflict in Europe, his security concerns must be addressed and considered seriously.

The Russian president’s remarks came as the military said that some troops were being withdrawn from the Ukrainian border, the first evidence of a possible de-escalation of hostilities from Moscow.

Western authorities, on the other hand, claim that there is no evidence of the pullout yet.

Fears that Russia will attack Ukraine arose as a result of its quick military buildup.

Mr Putin has long denied preparing an invasion, but tensions have been growing since Russian troops began massing near the Ukrainian border in November.

Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, has strong cultural and historical links with Russia. Mr Putin wants guarantees that Ukraine would not join the Western Nato military alliance, which he sees as a threat to Russia if it expands. That demand was turned down by NATO.

Mr. Putin spoke in Moscow after a four-hour meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the latest Western leader to visit the region in an attempt to de-escalate tensions.

Mr Putin said to reporters when questioned about the possibility of war: “Is this something we want or not? Obviously not. That is why we have put out recommendations for a negotiation process.”

However, the two men clashed when Mr Putin said that there had been a precedent for war in Europe, citing the conflict in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, which he claimed was fought by Nato against Serbia without UN Security Council sanction.

Mr Scholz claimed that the situation was unique since Serbs faced genocide by non-Serbs, to which Mr Putin responded that what was happening in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region, where Russia is helping separatists, was also genocide against ethnic Russians.

Later, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that Mr Putin had used the word “genocide” incorrectly in this situation.

Mr Putin also stated that Nato had failed to address Russia’s “fundamental” security concerns thus far. He is insisting that the matter of Ukraine joining NATO be addressed immediately, despite the fact that Ukraine is still a long way from even submitting an application.

Mr Scholz described the troop build-up as “incomprehensible,” but added that diplomatic measures may help reduce tensions.

At the press conference, Mr Scholz added, “I emphasized that the army buildup is perceived as a threat.” “Of course, we are concerned; there are more than 100,000 Russian troops near the Ukrainian border, which we find inexplicable.”

The leaders spoke just hours after Russia’s military declared that some of its troops were withdrawing from the Ukrainian border.

The Russian announcement prompted Nato to express “cautious hope,” although there has been little proof of the de-escalation on the ground thus far.

In a phone chat with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US needed to see “verifiable, credible, substantial de-escalation.”

Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that Russia was sending “mixed signals” since UK intelligence revealed that Russian field hospitals were being erected near the border, which could “only be regarded as an invasion preparation.”

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