June 30, 2022 09:41 GMT
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Wires carrying comments attributed to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Putin states that Russia is open to dialogue on strategic stability and nuclear non-proliferation.
- Says there is 'no other definition for Kyiv regime's actions than crimes against humanity'.
- Comes a day after Sweden and Finland were officially invited to join NATO. Putin in response stated that “We don’t have problems with Sweden and Finland like we do with Ukraine...We don’t have territorial differences...If Finland and Sweden wish to, they can join. That’s up to them. They can join whatever they want.”
- However, warned that “if military contingents and military infrastructure were deployed there, we would be obliged to respond symmetrically and raise the same threats for those territories where threats have arisen for us”.