November 21, 2016 / 12:58 PM / a year ago

Putin says Russia will respond to NATO expansion: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia would take countermeasures in response to NATO expansion, RIA news agency quoted him as saying on Monday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Lima, Peru, November 19, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Mikhail Klimentyev via REUTERS

“Why are we reacting to NATO expansion so emotionally? We are concerned by NATO’s decision making,” Putin was quoted as saying in an interview to be broadcast on Russian TV later on Monday.

Reporting by Polina Devitt; writing by Maria Tsvetkova; editing by Jack Stubbs

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