Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that the coming decade will be the “most dangerous” since the end of World War II, while accusing the West of seeking world domination.
“Coming is probably the most dangerous, unpredictable and at the same time most important decade since the end of World War II,” Putin told members of the annual Valdai discussion club, adding that the situation was “ to a certain extent revolutionary”.
The Ukrainian offensive is only part of “tectonic shifts in the entire world order”, Putin said.
“The historic period of unchallenged dominance by the West in world affairs is coming to an end. The unipolar world is becoming a thing of the past,” he said.
“We are at a historic border,” he added.
Putin added that the West is not capable of “single-handedly ruling humanity” but is “desperately trying to do so”.
“Most people in the world don’t want to put up with it anymore,” he said.
Putin also said Moscow was trying to “defend its right to exist” against Western efforts to “destroy” his country.
“Russia is not challenging the elites of the West, Russia is just trying to defend its right to exist,” he said.