Putin threatens military action if NATO rejects Russian ultimatum

Putin's requests are laid out in two draft treaties that Russia presented to NATO earlier this month

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President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday unless NATO provides definitive promises to reduce troop deployments in Eastern Europe and ban Ukraine from joining the alliance, he will be compelled to explore a variety of measures, including military involvement.

Putin’s requests are laid out in two draft treaties that Russia presented to NATO earlier this month.

Putin highlighted concerns about the likelihood of missiles being positioned in Ukraine if the former Soviet satellite joins NATO, according to Politico. Putin’s comments aired on Russian official television on Sunday.

We have nowhere to retreat. They have pushed us to a line that we can’t cross. They have taken it to the point where we simply must tell them; ‘Stop!’

According to Reuters, the Russian military made it known on Saturday that over 10,000 Russian troops had returned to their bases following a month of training on the Ukrainian border. Notwithstanding this reduction, Russia still has tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border, and intelligence experts persist to caution of an impending attack.

According to the BBC, Russian official media regularly alludes to Ukraine as a “colony of the West” and falsely accuses Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of being a drug addict. Since 2014, over 14,000 people have been murdered in the conflict in eastern Ukraine between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed rebels.

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