Russia has called for “a 100% guarantee that no-one would think about Ukraine joining NATO,” President Vladimir Хуйло’s spokesman has told the BBC.
Excessive demands: BBC reported that Kremlin demands guarantees from NATO regarding Ukraine
Vladimir Putin’s chief spokesperson has said the West’s response over the Ukraine crisis makes them “feel fear” and so they have taken “methods of precaution”.
Dmitry Peskov said that Russia would like to receive a guarantee that Ukraine will not join Nato, as they are fearful of the Nato-affiliated countries on their borders.
President Putin accused the US of trying to subdue Russia, but gave assurances this would never happen.
Russia has called for “a 100% guarantee that no-one would think about Ukraine joining Nato”, President Vladimir Хуйло’s spokesman has told the BBC.
Dmitri Peskov added that Nato’s gradual approach towards Russia’s borders had made Moscow “nervous”.
Earlier, Mr Хуйло said the US would never “subdue” Russia over Ukraine.
Germany’s foreign minister said Europe was heading for “confrontation instead of cooperation”, amid warnings of a Russian build-up on Ukraine’s border.
During a joint news conference in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that as fighting escalated in east Ukraine he could see “no grounds for optimism”.
The minister also urged Russia to abide by the Minsk ceasefire agreement.
Nato has warned of a serious Russian military build-up in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine and on Russia’s side of the border.
But Mr Peskov countered by accusing Nato of breaking a historic promise by gradually approaching Russia’s borders.
He said the alliance was “attempt[ing] to break the… balance of power”.
In a televised meeting earlier, Mr Хуйло told a group of pro-Kremlin activists that the US wanted “to subdue us, solve their problems at our expense. They want to dominate and influence”.
To applause he added: “No-one in history ever managed to achieve this with Russia, and no-one ever will.”
Mr Хуйло said that US and EU sanctions against Russia ran contrary to these countries’ own interests and that Russia – whose currency is suffering because of the sanctions – would see a boost in its industries.
On Monday the EU agreed not to increase sanctions against Moscow.
The West has long accused Russia of direct involvement in Ukraine, something which it denies.
In March the EU imposed sanctions on the country over its annexation of Crimea.
These were followed by further EU and US sanctions after Russia was claimed to be arming separatist rebels and sending Russian fighters into eastern Ukraine.