Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of the possibility of Ukraine joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), considering that the alliance’s proximity to his country’s borders is critical to the security of Russia and its people.
During an interview on Russian state television on Wednesday evening, Putin referred to NATO’s strengthening of its military infrastructure on his country’s borders, adding that “western partners” even at the stage of good relations with Russia did not care about Moscow’s interests when expanding the alliance to the east. Read also Ukraine crisis strains relations between Turkey and Russia Military industries in Ukraine.. Strengths and weaknesses The reality of the life of the residents of the Don bass region in Ukraine under the atmosphere of war
Putin believed that at least 50% of the people of Ukraine do not want to join NATO, and that these are smart people.
The German news agency cited a March poll that showed that 57% of Ukrainians support joining NATO, while 36% oppose it.
Putin’s warning came two days after US President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a staunch supporter of NATO membership, in which Biden affirmed US support for his country.
Relations between Kiev and Moscow have been witnessing escalating tension for nearly 7 years, due to Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea to its territory, and its support for the separatists loyal to it in the Donbass region, where clashes are renewed in the region at intermittent periods.
Biden and Putin are scheduled to hold their first summit on June 16 in Geneva, and the Ukrainian file will be at the top of the issues for discussion.