Tensions on the Ukrainian-Russian border: an explanation
Russia has amassed tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border in recent weeks. The West views this as a kind of aggression and fears that Russian President Putin wants to invade Ukraine.
But for Putin, this is a security tactic because Russia feels threatened by NATO, and the Western military alliance has expanded further east in recent years, including countries previously under Russian influence.
Russia is now asking NATO for a written guarantee that countries like Ukraine and Georgia will never join, despite receiving that promise at the NATO summit in 2008. Moscow wants NATO to withdraw from all new member states, such as Poland and the Baltic states. .
Diplomatic talks have been going on at various levels for some time to prevent the escalation of the conflict between the West and Russia. NATO is ready to discuss Russian sentiments, such as disarmament in Europe, but insists that Russia cannot decide who can join the coalition or not.
Are we going to endanger Ukraine on the European continent and go to war? Putin seems to have the key. In the end, he decides how far Russia should go. The West has warned that Russia could face tough sanctions if it increases its military.
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