Watch in full: Russian president Vladmir Putin holds annual news conference

Watch in full: Russian president Vladmir Putin holds annual news conference

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Vladimir Putin has urged the West to move quickly to meet Russia's demand for security guarantees precluding Nato's expansion to Ukraine and the deployment of the military alliance's weapons there.

Speaking during a marathon annual news conference on Tuesday, the Russian president welcomed talks with the US that are set to start in Geneva next month, but warned the discussion focused on Moscow’s demand needs to produce quick results.

“We want to ensure our security,” Mr Putin said. “We put it straight: there must be no further expansion of Nato eastward.”

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