Russia's Putin says 'best' if Ukraine drops Nato bid, adopts neutrality

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MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (Feb 22) that the "best" solution to the Ukraine crisis would be for Kyiv to drop its Nato membership ambitions and stay neutral.

"The best solution to the issue would be if the current Kyiv authorities themselves refused to join Nato and maintained neutrality," Putin said after upper house of parliament granted him permission to use the Russian army abroad.

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