Putin: NATO's Expansion Strategy is Short-sighted
The United States and its NATO partners lead short-sighted policies, building up their military capabilities and expanding the alliance, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Le Figaro.
"For us this is a sign that our partners in both Europe and the United States are pursuing a short-sighted policy, they do not look a step forward - our Western partners have already lost this habit", Putin stressed.
Putin said that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, American and European politicians assured Moscow that the alliance would not expand. Furthermore, there were proposals to create a common new security system. However, Western countries have chosen a different path. NATO was pushed closer to the borders of Russia. USA unilaterally withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and construction of missile defense elements in Europe. These steps of the West violated strategic balance and create risks for international security.