Putin discusses Moscow security issues with Johnson – WeForNews

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Moscow, February 3: Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Ukrainian crisis and Moscow’s security proposals with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a phone conversation.

The two leaders exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine, with Putin drawing attention to Kyiv’s non-compliance with the 2015 Minsk agreements, Xinhua news agency reported citing the Kremlin.

Putin pointed to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s “reluctance” to formulate an adequate response to Russia’s security proposals, adding that the alliance was “hiding behind” its commitment to the “policy of the open door”, which contradicts the principle of indivisible security.

According to a statement on the UK government’s website, leaders agreed an escalation of the situation was “in no one’s interest”.

The prime minister stressed the importance of dialogue and diplomacy, and the need to include Ukraine in the talks, the statement said.

The conversation took place shortly after the US Department of Defense announced it would deploy 3,000 additional troops to Germany, Poland and Romania.

Johnson met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev on Tuesday, where the two men discussed security issues, and in particular Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s border.

Since November, Kiev and its Western allies have accused Russia of gathering troops near the Ukrainian border, further highlighting the possibility of an “invasion”.

Moscow denied the claims, adding that it had every right to mobilize troops within its borders and defend its national security.

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