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Putin calls on Ukraine to sit down for a dialogue with Moscow-backed separatists

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro in Moscow, Russia February 16, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on Ukraine to sit down for negotiations with Moscow-backed separatists in the east of the country, citing growing tension in the region and calling for the application of the Minsk peace process.

At a news conference in Moscow, Putin also said that Russia was willing to pursue a negotiating track with NATO on its security demands, but that the US-led military alliance was not yet in the mood to compromise on major concerns. from Moscow.

(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh, Mark Trevelyan, Darya Korsunskaya; Editing in Spanish by Javier López de Lérida)

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