Putin says West has not addressed key concerns in Ukraine standoff

Russia sent its strongest signal so far that it is willing to engage with U.S. security proposals and reiterated that it does not want war over Ukraine

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1/29/2022 12:25:00 AM

Russia sent its strongest signal so far that it is willing to engage with U.S. security proposals and reiterated that it does not want war over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday the United States and NATO had not addressed Moscow's main security demands in their standoff over Ukraine but that it was ready to keep talking.

Register"Attention was drawn to the fact that the U.S. and NATO replies did not take into account Russia's principal concerns," the Kremlin said of Putin's conversation with Macron.The United States and NATO have made clear some of Russia's demands are non-starters but have also left the door open to dialogue.

"From the NATO side we are ready to engage in political dialogue. But we're also ready to respond if Russia chooses an armed conflict confrontation," Stoltenberg said in Brussels.ENERGY SUPPLIES1/7

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Sigh. Bawling... No war please! Fathers will have to be on the front line either way. Even if the latest technology is being used, innocent lives are at stake someplace.... Sigh. Can more talk be? Testing waters again, he saw how many countries united it not over yet. Bank robber holding gun to the teller’s head. “I don’t want to shoot you”

War no problem USA been practicing for years for this moment in IRAQ. The US should park a couple of aircraft carriers off the East Coast of Russia and watch Putin move his military across the country away from Ukraine 😆 KathleenLeeLie1 Russia did the same in Cuba, many years ago. I still remember the Russian tanks rolling down the street.... my mother telling us to hide under the bed...

Right. Sure. Uh-huh. Putin's decisions are based upon his military leaders and other agency leaders proposals. Tell us another one. Vlad is a brilliant strategist. He has this planned out in great detail. He'll have backup plans. He's stalling to get fully positioned. They've said this all along. But the US MIC wants more profiteering off of arms sales. Same old same old.

Bu-wha-ha-ha-ha-ha! So the Russian general mobilization order was issued just to get Russian troops vaccinated? Has the US evacuated Moscow personnel yet?

Austin Says Putin Now Has Full Range of Options in UkraineU.S. Def ense Secretary Lloyd Austin says Russia has arrayed enough military forces along Ukraine’s borders to provide Moscow with a complete range of options, including moves short of a full-scale invasion

Austin says Putin now has full range of options in UkraineAustin said Putin could use any portion of his force of an estimated 100,000 troops to seize Ukrainian cities and “significant territories” or to launch “coercive acts or provocative political acts.”

What Makes Putin Fear Ukraine?.IChotiner speaks with Nataliya Gumenyuk, a journalist in Kyiv, about how Ukrainians are preparing for a possible invasion, why Ukrainian democracy threatens Vladimir Putin, and Russia’s reasons for potentially escalating the conflict. IChotiner It shows once again what a Despicable & Febrile system Dictatorships are, when even a Hint of Democracy can make these Dictatorships tremble with FEAR! Amazing in the 21st Century that a Megalomaniac like Putin & his fellow travellers can Still gain such power in the first place! IChotiner Putin does not fear Ukraine. Putin has a lot of ambitions like another European dictator who in 1937 demanded Czechoslovakia and promising not to attack any other European countries. IChotiner Putin is a murderer. Polonium tea, second story windows, or shot point blank. Anti social personality disorder is dangerous in a national leader.

U.S. and NATO urge Putin to take “diplomatic path” while bracing for Ukraine invasionThe U.S. and NATO provided Russia with written proposals today to advance a 'diplomatic path forward,' even as they warned that Russia could invade Ukraine within days. I urge NATO and the US to do the same. If Putin takes Ukraine, we should take cuba and Venezuela, fair trade!!!!! Do US should have withdrawn from NATO 20+ years ago

Close Putin ally urges diplomatic path with U.S. in Ukraine crisisRussia and the United States must engage in diplomacy to resolve the standoff over Ukraine and not build up tensions to score political points, senior Russian security official and former president Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday. will he listen? Putin needs to abandon his fantasy of recreating the Soviet bloc. That ship has sailed

Macron to speak to Putin, seek clarity over Ukraine, France saysFrench President Emmanuel Macron will try to assess whether Russian President Vladimir Putin wants 'consultations or confrontation' over Ukraine when they speak by phone on Friday, France's foreign minister said. Europe is Europeans's Europe, America is out

Putin offered his first reaction to the U.S. and NATO responses to Russia's demands in a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron after weeks of personal public silence on the crisis, in which Russia has massed troops near Ukraine. The Kremlin quoted Putin as telling Macron he would study the responses provided by Washington and NATO this week before deciding on further action. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register A French presidency official said Putin had underlined that he did not want the situation to escalate, echoing conciliatory comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said Moscow did not want war. read more "Attention was drawn to the fact that the U.S. and NATO replies did not take into account Russia's principal concerns," the Kremlin said of Putin's conversation with Macron. It listed those concerns as avoiding NATO expansion, not deploying offensive weapons near Russia's borders and returning NATO "military capabilities and infrastructure" to how they were before former Warsaw Pact states in eastern Europe joined. "The key question was ignored - how the United States and its allies intend to follow the principle of security integrity ... that no one should strengthen their security at the expense of another country's security," it said. The United States and NATO have made clear some of Russia's demands are non-starters but have also left the door open to dialogue. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the Western military alliance was watching closely as Russia, which already has tens of thousands of soldiers near Ukraine's border, moves troops and arms into Belarus for drills. He said NATO was ready to increase its troop presence in eastern Europe if Russia took further aggressive actions against Ukraine, and cautioned that a Russian attack could take many forms including a cyber attack, attempted coup or sabotage. "From the NATO side we are ready to engage in political dialogue. But we're also ready to respond if Russia chooses an armed conflict confrontation," Stoltenberg said in Brussels. Three U.S. officials told Reuters that Russia's military buildup near Ukraine had expanded to include supplies of blood along with other medical materials that would allow it to treat casualties, a key indicator of Moscow's military readiness. The Russian Defence Ministry did not immediately respond to a written request for comment. ENERGY SUPPLIES Lavrov said he expected to meet U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken again in the next couple of weeks. Their last meeting, in on Jan. 21, produced no breakthrough. 1/7 A Ukrainian service member fires a next generation light anti-tank weapon (NLAW) supplied by Britain during drills at Ukraine's International Peacekeeping Security Centre near Yavoriv in the Lviv region, Ukraine, January 28, 2022. Ukrainian Defence Ministry/Handout via REUTERS Read More "If it depends on Russia, then there will be no war. We don't want wars. But we also won't allow our interests to be rudely trampled, to be ignored," Lavrov told Russian radio stations. He said, without giving details, that the U.S. counter-proposals were better than NATO's. The United States and the European Union have warned Russia that it will face economic sanctions if it attacks Ukraine. These would build on sanctions imposed on Russia since it annexed Crimea and backed separatists in east Ukraine in 2014, though there are divisions among Western countries over how to respond as Europe is dependent on Russia for energy supplies. U.S. President Joe Biden and Ursula von der Leyen, who heads the EU executive, the European Commission, said they had agreed to cooperate on guaranteeing