Putin accuses NATO of trying to entangle Russia in confrontation

Moscow [Russia], Feb. 16 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin has said on Thursday that NATO has been trying to embroil Moscow in confrontation by constant provocative actions.
According to TASS, at a board meeting of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Putin pointed out that "NATO has declared restraining Russia its new official mission."
"For this purpose, the bloc has been expanding as it did before but now they seem to have found new serious reason to justify the bloc's expansion and have sped up the process of deploying conventional and strategic weapons beyond the member states' borders," he stressed.
Putin added that "they (NATO) have been constantly provoking us in order to embroil us in confrontation."
He noted that at the NATO Summit held in 2016 in Poland's capital of Warsaw, "Russia was declared the main threat for the Alliance's security for the first time since 1989." (ANI)