Putin Demands That West Provide Russia With Security Guarantees 'Immediately'

Putin Demands That West Provide Russia With Security Guarantees 'Immediately'

Andrew H. Sweet

Speaking at his annual news conference on December 23, Putin responded testily to a reporter's question about Russia's intentions, listing off a litany of grievances about Ukraine and NATO.

"Now they tell us, war, war, war. It seems they are preparing another operation [in Donbas] and are warning us not to get in the way, or there'll be sanctions," Putin said. He also accused the West of creating an "anti-Russia" sentiment in Ukraine by arming it and "brainwashing the population."

U.S. and Russian diplomats have tentatively scheduled to meet for new talks, reportedly in Geneva, sometime after the New Year.

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