Putin Accusses U.S. Of Ignoring Russia’s “Fundamental Concerns”
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Tuesday regarding tensions with Ukraine and accused the U.S. of ignoring Russia’s “fundamental…concerns” regarding security.
Putin spoke during a joint news conference after meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. He addressed the United States’ written response to Russia’s security demands, telling reporters that the response is still under consideration but said that it’s clear that their demands have been “ignored.”
“It’s already clear now … that fundamental Russian concerns were ignored,” Putin said.
Specifically, Putin said the U.S. and NATO ignored Russia’s demands for promises that weapons would not be deployed near its borders and that forces will be removed from Eastern Europe.
The U.S. submitted its written response to Putin on Jan. 26, and while Security of State Antony Blinken refused to go into specific details, he was clear that at least some of Russia’s demands would not be met.
Russia has pushed for a formal ban on the expansion of NATO and permanent exclusion of Ukraine – a demand that Blinken dismissed, telling reporters last week that the U.S. “will uphold the principle of NATO’s open door.”
Putin referenced the demand in his remarks on Tuesday, saying that it had been ignored by the U.S.
Putin’s comments come amid a disagreement surrounding reports that Russian officials had responded to the U.S. proposal. While three Biden administration officials said Monday that a written response from Russia had been delivered, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko declared it was “not true.”