Biden-Putin meeting will delve into whether Russia plans to invade Ukraine
MAYNES: Well, yeah, peace in the Donbas is only part of it. He really – he’s worried about Ukraine joining NATO and he’s looking for a guarantee from the U.S. and its allies that it’s not going to happen. And this is really about Putin trying to renegotiate NATO’s march eastward after the fall of the Soviet Union. He’s always seen that as a threat to Russia’s national security, and in fact, he’s called NATO’s presence in Ukraine a Kremlin red line. And on that point, I spoke with Tatiana Stanovaya, a Russian analyst with R.Politik, who argues Putin isn’t bluffing.
TATIANA STANOVAYA: (Speaking Russian).
MAYNES: And what Stanovaya here is saying is that Putin believes things have gotten to the point where either the West has to finally take Russia’s security concerns seriously or he’s ready to go to war.