Putin: Only Russia can guarantee Ukraine's territorial integrity

Summit of leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that only Russia can guarantee the territorial integrity of Ukraine, as he repeated Moscow's claim that NATO and the West were to blame for triggering the conflict.

Putin attacked the West for not agreeing to a package of security guarantees put forward by Moscow before it launched what it calls a "special military operation" and sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24.

(Reporting by Reuters; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)