: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Putin explains why Russia reacts to NATO expansion with concern

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the practice of decision-making at NATO raises Moscow`s concern and forces the Russians to take countermeasures.

”Why do we respond to the expansion of NATO so acutely? We are concerned about the practice of [their] decision-making. I know the way they take decisions. When a country becomes a NATO member state, it is already very difficult for it to resist the pressure from such a large country leading NATO as the United States,” RIA Novosti quoted Putin as saying.

Putin said that ”whatever” could appear in these countries after joining the Alliance – missile defense systems and new military bases, and if necessary – a new missile strike system.

”And what should we do? In this case, we should take countermeasures, i.e. to target our missile systems at the objects that, in our view, have become our threats. The situation is getting strained,” he said.


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