Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused the West of seeking to impose a unipolar world order that prevents nations from “choosing their own path” and risks plunging humanity into “stagnation”, “sectarianism” and a state. of “neoliberal totalitarianism”.
“More and more states and nations are choosing [to pursue] their own path of free and sovereign development… These processes are opposed by Western globalist elites [that] cause chaos and spark old and new conflicts,” Putin said. said Tuesday during the inaugural address of the 10th annual Moscow conference on international security.
Putin claimed that Western elites work tirelessly “to preserve hegemony and power that eludes them” and keep countries in thrall to the “neo-colonial order” that serves their interests.
“Their hegemony means stagnation for the whole world, for all civilization; [it means] bigotry and culture cancellation, [it means] neoliberal totalitarianism,” Putin said.
Putin has repeatedly accused the West of trying to ‘cancel’ Russia and encroach on Moscow’s sphere of influence in Ukraine, which he invaded in February after months of demanding that the NATO withdraws from the pro-Western country.
He also justified the invasion with baseless claims that Kyiv was taken over by the Nazis and that Russian speakers in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine are being subjected to “genocide”.
In his comments on Tuesday, Putin accused Western countries of needing conflict “to maintain their hegemony”.
“That’s why they prepared the fate of being cannon fodder for the Ukrainian people, implemented the ‘anti-Russia’ project, closed their eyes to the spread of neo-Nazi ideology, to the massacres of Donbas residents,” he said.
The Russian president said Washington’s alleged interference in Ukraine had caused Russia “to carry out a special military operation…in full compliance with the United Nations Charter.”
“The goals of this operation are clearly and precisely defined – it is about ensuring the safety of Russia and our citizens, protecting the people of Donbass from genocide,” Putin said.
Putin added that the United States was “trying to prolong” the war in Ukraine and also aimed to sow further “chaos” by provoking a conflict between China and Taiwan.
“The US affair with Taiwan is not just the journey of an irresponsible politician, but part of a deliberate and conscious US strategy to destabilize…the region and the world,” he said, referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan that rocked Beijing.