- Putin: West is playing a dangerous game
- Putin: The West will have to talk to Russia
- Putin accuses West of nuclear blackmail
- Says his dominance is coming to an end
LONDON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the world faces the most dangerous decade since World War Two as Western elites scramble to prevent the inevitable collapse of global state dominance. States and their allies.
In one of his longest public appearances since sending troops to Ukraine on February 24, Putin signaled he has no regrets about what he calls “a special operation” and blamed the West to incite war and play a “dangerous, bloody and dirty game” role that wreaked havoc across the world.
“The historic period of unchallenged dominance of the West in world affairs is coming to an end,” Putin, Russia’s supreme leader, told the Valdai Discussion Club during a session titled “A post- hegemony: justice and security for all”.
“We stand at a historical frontier: ahead of us is probably the most dangerous, most unpredictable and, at the same time, most important decade since the end of the Second World War.”
The 70-year-old former KGB spy was more than an hour late for the meeting of Russian experts where he gave a typically scathing rendition of what he described as the decadence and decline of the West against rising Asian powers such as China.
He appeared relaxed for more than three and a half hours as he was asked about fears of nuclear war, his relationship with President Xi Jinping and how he felt about Russian soldiers killed in the war in Ukraine. , which he presented “in part” as a civil war, a notion that Kyiv rejects.
Tens of thousands of people were killed during the war, while the West imposed the toughest sanctions in history on Russia, one of the world’s largest suppliers of natural resources.
The Russian leader blamed the West for stoking recent nuclear tensions, citing remarks by former British Prime Minister Liz Truss about her willingness to use London’s nuclear deterrent if circumstances warranted it.
He repeated a claim that Ukraine might detonate a “dirty bomb” containing radioactive material to trap Moscow – a claim dismissed by Kyiv and the West as false and without proof.
A suggestion from Kyiv that the Russian accusation could mean that Moscow plans to detonate such a device itself was false, he said.
“We don’t need to do this. It wouldn’t make sense to do this,” Putin said, adding that the Kremlin had responded to what he saw as nuclear blackmail by the West.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sparked the biggest confrontation with the West since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 in the depths of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union and the United States moved closer to nuclear war.
Asked about a potential nuclear escalation around Ukraine, Putin said the danger of nuclear weapons would exist as long as nuclear weapons existed.
But he said Russia’s military doctrine was defensive and, when asked about the Cuban Missile Crisis, joked that he had no desire to be in the shoes of Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet leader who, with John F. Kennedy, brought the world to the brink. of nuclear war before defusing the situation.
“No way. No, I can’t imagine myself in the role of Khrushchev,” Putin said.
Putin cited a 1978 lecture at Harvard by Russian dissident and novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn, which launched a frontal assault on Western civilization, decrying hollow materialism and “blindness to superiority” in the West.
“Power over the world is what the so-called West has staked in its game – but the game is dangerous, bloody and I would say dirty,” Putin said. “The sower of wind, as they say, will reap the storm.”
“I have always believed and I believe in common sense, so I am convinced that sooner or later the new centers of the multipolar world order and the West will have to start an equal conversation about the future we share – and the the sooner the better,” Putin said. said.
He described the conflict in Ukraine as a battle between the West and Russia for the fate of the second largest East Slavic country which he said ended in tragedy for Kyiv.
Putin said he constantly thought about Russian losses in Ukraine, but avoided going into details of what the West considers huge losses. But only Russia can guarantee Ukraine’s territorial integrity, he said.
Ultimately, Putin said, the West should talk to Russia and other major powers about the future of the world.
Reuters reporting; edited by Guy Faulconbridge/Andrew Osborn
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