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Putin criticizes US, West over NATO

Jan 17, 2019 - The Boston Globe

BELGRADE — Vladimir Putin has accused the United States and the West of destabilizing the Balkans with NATO expansionist policies as Serbia prepares a hero's welcome for the Russian president.

Putin arrives in Serbia on Thursday for his fourth visit since 2001. A fountain on Belgrade's main square has been lit in the colors of the Russian and Serbian flags.

Serbia has maintained close links with traditional Slavic ally Russia even as the country formally seeks European Union member...