Putin Admits Decision to Annex Crimea Was Linked to Concerns That Ukraine Will Join NATO


<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday acknowledged that the
decision was also prompted by strategic concerns about Ukraine joining
NATO. “When the infrastructure of a military bloc is moving towards our
borders it makes us also take steps in the opposite direction and this
is our right as well,” he said. “Our decision on Crimea was partially
connected to that.”</p>

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