Russia is forced to take countermeasures in response to NATO expansion. The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said in an interview in the film by American Director and producer Oliver stone’s “Ukraine in the fire”, which the TV channel REN TV is Monday, November 21.

As transfers RIA “Novosti”, commenting on the events in Ukraine and accession of Crimea to Russia, Putin said that the consequences in the case of the US and NATO naval base in Sevastopol could be very heavy.

“Very heavy, because it is itself a base means nothing. But what I would like to note one caveat. Why are we so sensitive to NATO expansion? We are concerned about the practice of decision-making. I know how decisions are made. When a country becomes a member of NATO, it is already very difficult to resist the pressure from such a large country, the leader of NATO, as the United States,” said Putin in the film directed by Igor Lopatenko, the Executive producer is Oliver stone.

Putin noted that after the accession to the Alliance in these States, may receive “anything”, including missile defense system and a new base, and if required a new attack weapon.

“And what shall we do? We should therefore take countermeasures, that is to jeopardize our missile systems those objects which, in our opinion, begin to threaten us. The situation is annoying,” said the Russian leader.

“I don’t always understand the logic of our partners. Sometimes it seems that you need to keep in subjection and to establish discipline in my own Western so-called Atlantic camp. This requires an external enemy. With all the fear of Iran is not really felt,” – said Putin.

The topic of countermeasures Russia in response to NATO expansion Vladimir Putin in recent months has repeatedly raised. So, in June, speaking at the St. Petersburg international economic forum, he saidthat Russia faced at the time with disregard for their position, including the situation with the missile defence system (BMD) of the USA and NATO enlargement. “For some reason need to constantly expand NATO infrastructure and move to the Russian border. That was yesterday or what emerged? Here again, take Montenegro, Montenegro (NATO). Who is threatening Montenegro? I mean, you know, completely disregard for our position. In all things,” – said Putin.

During a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in July, Putin said that Moscow will try to start a dialogue with NATO, despite the expansion of the Alliance to the borders of Russia. Then he recalled that the Russian Federation withdrew from the Finnish-Russian border for 1,500 km, while “on our borders in the Baltic States, NATO troops increase.” However, Putin warned that if Finland joins NATO, the Russian military may be in the same positions.

“Imagine that Finland joins NATO, it means that Finnish troops would cease to be independent, will cease to be sovereign in the full sense of the word, they will become part of the military infrastructure of NATO, which at once will be at the borders of the Russian Federation. Do you think we will continue to act? Fifteen hundred troops withdrew and just leave it?” – said Putin.

In October, the plenary session of the discussion club “Valdai”, the President said that he believes the statements about the military threat from Russia, fictional and mythical. He noted then that it is a profitable activity as it is possible to break the military budgets in their own countries, “bend of the allies in the interests of one superpower”, to expand NATO, and to bring military units of the Alliance to the border with Russia.

“Very nice, and sometimes profitable to pretend to be defenders of civilization from the new barbarian,” said Putin, stressing that Russia does not intend to attack any country. “Yes, funny it”, he added. Russia does not aspire to global dominance, nor expansion, but only in favour of equal and indivisible security for all, assured the head of state.

Putin explained the sharp Russian reaction to NATO expansion 21.11.2016

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