Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has accused the US of trying to draw his country into a war in Ukraine.
He said America’s goal was to use a confrontation as a pretext to impose more sanctions on Russia.
Putin also said the US was ignoring Russia’s concerns about the European expansion of NATO – the Western military alliance.
Speaking after talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Moscow, Putin said: “It seems to me that the United States is not so much concerned about the security of Ukraine… but its main task is to contain Russia’s development. In this sense Ukraine itself is just a tool to reach this goal.”