Putin says Russia has ‘right to defend its security’

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking publicly for the first time since his high-profile talks with US leader Joe Biden, said Wednesday that Moscow reserves the right to “defend its security” but refused to say if he planned to invade Ukraine.
“Russia has a peaceful foreign policy, but has the right to defend its security,” Putin said at a news conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, adding that simply watching NATO move closer to Russia’s borders would amount to “criminal inaction.” Putin hailed his talks with Biden as “constructive