Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his urge to stop eastern expansion by NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) eastward, in order to ensure security. He welcomed upcoming talks with the USA in Geneva and at the same time kept forward his demand against the deployment of weapons to neighbouring countries at the marathon annual news conference in Moscow.
Russia has placed its demands against granting Ukraine NATO membership already last week. While the presence of Russian troop build-up along the border has invoked invasion fears already in its neighbours. on the other hand, United States President, Joe Biden, has warned Vladimir Putin that Russia will have to face severe consequences if it plans to attack Ukraine whereas Putin has denied any such allegations of planning attacks.