According to TASS, on the 18th local time, Russian President Putin said at the expanded meeting of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the behavior of Western countries in the Black Sea was out of line, and strategic bombers flew 20 kilometers away from the Russian border and carried strategic weapons.
Putin said that Western countries are not only in the Black Sea region, but also in other areas close to the Russian border. Russia has been expressing concern about this and drawing a red line, but our partners still go their own way. To put it bluntly, they shrugged down on our warnings and red lines.
Putin also mentioned in particular the history of NATO’s eastward expansion. He said that Russia’s relationship with Western partners, including the United States, was once unique and almost became an ally, but Russia’s warnings and concerns about NATO’s eastward expansion were completely ignored, and it is well known that NATO has expanded several times.
Now NATO’s military bases are located near the Russian border, and anti-missile systems have been set up in Romania and Poland, which can be converted into offensive weapons every minute. Putin stressed that NATO has broken all dialogue mechanisms, and Russia should fully respond to NATO’s military activities near the border.