MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of trying to encourage extended hostilities in Ukraine as part of what he called Tuesday to maintain his global hegemony. described as Washington’s alleged efforts.
Addressing a security conference attended by military officials from Africa, Asia and Latin America, Putin reaffirmed his long-held claim that he had sent troops into Ukraine in response to Washington’s rebranding of the country as “anti-Russian.” have done.
Putin charged that “they need conflict to maintain their hegemony. That’s why they have turned the Ukrainian people into cannon fodder. The situation in Ukraine shows that the US is trying to drag out the conflict.” is doing, and he is doing exactly the same, trying to foment conflict in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The speech represents the latest attempt by the Russian leader to drum up support for Moscow’s action in Ukraine amid Western sanctions targeting the Russian economy and finances, as well as its government structures, top officials and businesses.
Putin also drew parallels between pro-Ukraine Ukraine and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan, alleging that both were part of an alleged US effort to foment global instability.
“The US adventure in Taiwan was not just the trip of an irresponsible politician. It was part of a deliberate and conscious US strategy to destabilize the situation and spread chaos in the region and the world, unlike any other. It is a clear display of disrespect for the country’s sovereignty and its own international obligations,” Putin said.
The Russian leader claimed that “Western globalist elites” are “trying to blame Russia and China for their failures,” adding that “however tightly the beneficiaries of the current globalist model try to cling to it Do it, it’s doomed.”
“The era of unipolar world order is nearing its end,” he added.
Speaking at the same conference, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu alleged that in addition to supplying Ukraine with weapons, Western allies had also provided detailed intelligence and instructors to help the Ukrainian military operate weapons systems. have been appointed.
“Western intelligence agencies have not only provided the target coordinates to launch the attacks, but Western experts have also overseen the input of these data into weapons systems,” Shoigu said.
He dismissed allegations that Russia could potentially use nuclear or chemical weapons in the conflict as “absolute lies.”
“From a military point of view, achieving the stated goals in Ukraine does not require the use of nuclear weapons,” Shoigu said. “The primary mission of Russian nuclear forces is to provide a deterrent against nuclear attack.”
Shoigu added that claims of a possible chemical attack by Russia were equally “ridiculous”, saying that Moscow had completely eliminated its stockpile of chemical weapons in compliance with the International Treaty on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. have done.