“Renouncing its participation in the North Atlantic alliance is now vital, but it is already insufficient in order to establish peace,” Medvedev told LCI television as reported by Reuters. Even before starting its military operation in Ukraine, Russia opposed its bid for NATO membership.
Till now several rounds of peace talks were held between Russia and Ukraine. However, these talks ended without any progress. Medvedev said that the United States supplying weapons, like HIMARS multiple-rocket launchers, did not pose a substantial threat to Russia. However, he added if the US supplies long-range weapons to Ukraine that then it would be a threat to the territory of the Russian Federation.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. The fighting is now centred in the eastern and some southern parts of Ukraine. Russia is eying to consolidate its position in the Donbas region comprising Donetsk and Lugansk republics in eastern Ukraine.