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Putin Seeks Diplomatic Solution Amid ‘Partial’ Troop Pullback

  • Leader says West must take Russian security fears into account
  • Germany’s Scholz warns of consequences if talks fail
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President Vladimir Putin said he hopes for a diplomatic solution to tensions with the U.S. and its allies and announced a partial pullback of thousands of troops massed near the Ukrainian border. But he warned that Moscow won’t wait forever for the West to address its demand that Ukraine never join NATO.

“We want to resolve this issue now, right now or in the near future, through negotiations, peaceful means,” Putin said at a joint press conference in the Kremlin after three hours of talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the latest in an intense series of efforts by western leaders to ease confrontation amid warnings Russia was preparing to invade its neighbor. “We really hope that our partners listen to our concerns and take them seriously,” Putin said.