Putin says the West does not take Russia’s ‘red lines’ warnings seriously enough

MOSCOW, NOVEMBER 18 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the West did not take Russia’s warnings not to cross its “red lines” seriously enough and that Moscow had to obtain serious security guarantees from the West.

In a speech to foreign policy officials in Moscow, Putin said negotiations to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine were moving towards a dead end and accused the West of using a migrant crisis in Belarus against Moscow’s ally Minsk.

He said NATO – with which Moscow severed ties last month – had destroyed all mechanisms for dialogue.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Tom Balmforth; Editing Mark Trevelyan

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