Putin warns of ‘consequences’ if Nato develops closer ties with Georgia and Ukraine

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Russian president says Moscow will ‘respond appropriately to such aggressive steps’

  • Tom Embury-Dennis
  • Independent

Vladimir Putin has warned Nato of “consequences” if the western military alliance cultivates closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia.

Theat 1aThe Russian president said such a policy, which he branded “aggressive” and “irresponsible”, was a direct threat to the country’s national security.

Speaking to Russian diplomats in Moscow, Mr Putin condemned what he said was Nato’s attempts to deploy new bases and military infrastructure near Russia’s borders, adding there was a…

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