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Vladimir Putin says US is trying to drag Russia into war

By Polina Ivanova in Moscow, Roman Olearchyk in Kyiv and Laura Hughes in London

01 Feb 2022 · 3 min read

Vladimir Putin has accused the US of seeking to hold Russia back by dragging it into a conflict over Ukraine, while insisting he wanted talks with Washington and Nato to continue to avoid a “negative outcome” such as war.

In his first public comments in several weeks since the US warned that Moscow was massing over 100,000 troops on the Ukraine border, the Russian president said Ukraine was being used as a “tool” by Washington.

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