The Russian State has been clear about its motivations in the recent Ukrainian conflict. Notably, its objection to NATO expansion. However, much Western media, Western discussion, and even Western politicians disregard Russia's stated motivations as "Russian propaganda".
I can understand that some issues may look different from different points of view. Surely the West would see NATO as not "expanding", but rather as "welcoming new members". But why is the Russian point of view disregarded so easily by Western politicians? Is not the first step of conflict resolution to understand the other side's concerns?
I see these concerns outright dismissed by Western politicians (and media):
To be clear, I am not excusing Russian actions in the current conflict. My question concerns Western politicians' disregard of the Russian point of view, especially voiced Russian concerns before and after the invasion. Could the invasion have been prevented by addressing Russian concerns at the NATO-Russia meeting in January?