President Vladimir Putin of Russia has accused the United States of attempting to drag his nation into a conflict in Ukraine.
He claimed America’s purpose was to use the situation as a pretext to impose further sanctions on Russia, in his first substantive comments on the subject in several weeks.
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Vladimir Putin also claimed that the US was dismissing Russia’s worries regarding Nato deployments in Europe.
Tensions are rising in Ukraine due to a Russian force build-up near the country’s borders.
In recent weeks, Russia has sent some 100,000 troops to Ukraine’s border, prepared with everything from tanks and artillery to munitions and air power.
But, over eight years after invaded Ukraine’s southern Crimea peninsula and backed a deadly revolt in the eastern Donbas area, Russia dismisses Western charges that it is plotting an invasion.
Moscow, for its part, accuses the Ukrainian government of failing to carry out an international agreement to restore peace in the east, where at least 14,000 people have been dead and Russian-backed insurgents hold large swaths of land.
In the meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Tuesday that a Russian invasion would be “not a war between Ukraine and Russia, but a full-scale war in Europe.”