8/16, 9:24 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Putin: NATO is moving east

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused on Tuesday the West of trying to extend the system similar to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to the Asia-Pacific region.

Speaking to the 10th Moscow Conference on International Security via a video link, Putin also condemned what he described as the West's collective effort to destroy the European security system. Putin went on to talk about Russia's military operation in Ukraine, claiming that his country began the intervention in "full compliance" with the United Nations (UN) Charter. He also asserted the West has prepared Ukraine to meet the fate of "cannon fodder."

Meanwhile, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu stated at the same event that NATO has increased the number of its troops in Eastern Europe and described the security situation as "worse than at the height of the Cold War."

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / JR