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Russian Perspectives on Western Military Activities, November 8 – November 17, 2021

Putin speech discusses Western relations In a wide-ranging November 18, 2021, speech to the expanded meeting of the Foreign Ministry Board, Russian president Vladimir Putin discusses Russia’s relations with the West. He notes the continued importance of the Ukraine situation, Western “indulgence” of Ukraine and “provocations,” Western disregard of Russian red lines, and a two-step Russian approach that includes both the continuation of tensions and efforts to secure long-term security guarantees for Russia. He further discusses the situation in Belarus and challenges in Russia’s relations with the EU, NATO, and the United States.

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  • Pages: 20
  • Document Number: DOP-2021-U-031274-Final
  • Publication Date: 11/30/2021