Putin denounces American “hegemony” and predicts the end of a “unipolar” world

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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of trying to encourage protracted hostilities in Ukraine as part of what he described on Tuesday as Washington’s alleged efforts to maintain its global hegemony.

Addressing a security conference attended by military officials from Africa, Asia and Latin America, Putin reaffirmed his long-held statement that he had sent troops to Ukraine in response to the transformation of the country by Washington into an “anti-Russian” bulwark.

“They need conflict to retain their hegemony,” Putin charged. “That’s why they turned the Ukrainian people into cannon fodder. The situation in Ukraine shows that the United States is trying to prolong the conflict, and it is acting in exactly the same way by trying to fuel conflicts in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The speech represented the Russian leader’s latest attempt to rally support amid deadly Western sanctions that have targeted Russia’s economy and finances as well as its government structures, senior officials and businesses for Moscow’s action in Ukraine.

Putin also drew parallels between US support for Ukraine and a recent visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accusing the two of being part of an alleged US attempt to foment global instability.

“The American adventure in Taiwan was not just a trip by an irresponsible politician. This was part of a deliberate and conscious strategy by the United States to destabilize the situation and create chaos in the region and around the world, a flagrant display of disrespect for the sovereignty of another country and its own international obligations,” Putin said.

The Russian leader claimed that the “Western globalist elites” were trying to “put the blame for their own failures on Russia and China”, adding that “no matter how much the beneficiaries of the current globalist model try to cling to it , it is doomed to failure. ”

“The era of the unipolar world order is coming to an end,” he added.

Speaking at the same conference, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu claimed that in addition to supplying arms to Ukraine, Western allies had also provided detailed intelligence information and deployed instructors to help the Ukrainian army operate the weapon systems.

“Western intelligence agencies not only provided target coordinates to launch strikes, but Western specialists also oversaw the input of that data into weapons systems,” Shoigu said.

He dismissed claims that Russia could potentially use nuclear or chemical weapons in the conflict as an “absolute lie”.

“From a military point of view, it is not necessary to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine to achieve the stated goals,” Shoigu said. “The main mission of the Russian nuclear forces is to provide a deterrent against a nuclear attack.”

Shoigu added that claims of a possible chemical attack by Russia were equally “absurd”, saying that Moscow had completely liquidated its stockpiles of chemical weapons in accordance with an international treaty banning chemical weapons.

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