Putin offers more talks between Russia, US, allies over Ukraine tensions
Gwen Baumgardner: RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN — SIGNALING HE’S READY TO RETURN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AMID ONGOING TENSIONS IN UKRAINE.
AT A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF HUNGARY TUESDAY — PUTIN SAID MOSCOW REMAINS OPEN TO MORE TALKS WITH THE U-S AND ITS ALLIES.
THIS — DESPITE CLAIMING THE WEST HAS IGNORED RUSSIA’S TOP SECURITY DEMANDS.
HIS COMMENTS COME ON THE SAME DAY RUSSIA’S AMBASSADOR TO THE U-N ATTEMPTED TO EASE FEARS OF A QUOTE “MILITARY SOLUTION” TO THE TENSIONS.
Vassily Nebenzia // Russian Ambassador to the United Nations: “Everybody says, including my colleagues in the Security Council, there is no military solution because military solution is deadly. There is a political solution and the political solution is framed within the Minsk agreements.”
Gwen Baumgardner: WASHINGTON EMPHASIZED THIS MESSAGE TUESDAY — WITH WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JEN PSAKI SAYING QUOTE “THE DOOR TO DIPLOMACY REMAINS OPEN.”
HOWEVER — SHE ALSO TOOK ISSUE WITH HOW PUTIN IS FRAMING THE TENSIONS.
Jen Psaki // White House Press Secretary: “So when we talk about mutual de-escalation. Russia has 100,000 troops on the border. They are the aggressor. We are working with NATO countries to make sure they feel secure in this moment. NATO is a defensive alliance. It is not the same thing, and I think we need to be careful about comparing them as the same.”
Gwen Baumgardner: THIS ALL COMES A DAY AFTER THE U-S AND UKRAINE TRADED ACCUSATIONS AT A U-N SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING.
RUSSIA ACCUSED THE U-S OF WHIPPING UP TENSIONS OVER UKRAINE — AND THE U-S ACCUSED RUSSIA OF FABRICATING A PRETEXT FOR A UKRAINE INVASION.