Putin: West ignores Russia’s interests in Ukraine


ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he doesn’t believe there’ll be a new Cold War with the United States, which he says Moscow doesn’t want.

But he warns that Russia’s interests must be taken seriously and accuses the West of having ignored Russia’s concerns over Ukraine. He also calls Britain’s Prince Charles’ reported recent remarks comparing him to Hitler as “unacceptable” and “not royal behavior.”

Speaking Saturday to representatives of major news agencies on the margins of a major economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Putin accused Western politicians of interfering in Ukraine without taking into account how important Russia sees its neighbor to its own security and economic interests.

Russia fears the new Western-leaning government in Kiev would try to take Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, into the U.S. dominated Atlantic Alliance. When Russia annexed Crimea in March, Putin said the decision was driven in part by the need to prevent NATO ships from ever being based on the Black Sea peninsula.

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