During a speech Thursday to Russian diplomats, Mr. Putin signaled more openly than before that he was using his military to coerce the West to respect Russia’s interests in the region.
He said that Western countries were finally recognizing that Russia was serious about defending its “red lines” that relate to the presence of NATO forces near its borders.
“Our recent warnings have indeed been heard and are having a certain effect: tensions have risen there, after all,” Mr. Putin said.
“It’s a regional security situation which is very worrying at the moment,” said Asta Skaisgiryte, the foreign policy adviser to the president of Lithuania, an E.U.
and NATO member that has faced a wave of migration from neighboring Belarus in recent months.
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