Putin says Russia has different options in response to NATO

TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (MNA) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that the response to NATO's eastward expansion can vary, depending on recommendations of the country's military experts.

"It can be most diverse. This depends on the suggestions that our military experts will give me," Putin told Russian broadcaster Rossiya 1, according to Sputnik news agency.

The president also stated that Moscow had proposed its strategic security guarantees to the United States and NATO to achieve a diplomatic result.

"We did not suggest [those guarantees] to blackball or stop something, in the context of this diplomatic process, but to achieve a diplomatic negotiations result that is legally set, as I said already, within the framework of the documents that we proposed. And we will work toward it specifically," Putin stated.

On 17 December, Russia released draft security proposals that it wants to sign with the US and other NATO countries. The proposals include mutual security guarantees in Europe, non-deployment of short- and intermediate-range missiles within reach to each other's territory and NATO's non-expansion eastward onto former Soviet republics surrounding Russia, the Russian media said.

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