“Western globalist elites are causing chaos by reigniting old conflicts and inciting new ones, implementing a policy of so-called containment, while in fact undermining any alternative and sovereign path to development. Thus, they are desperately trying to preserve hegemony and power that is slipping away from them, trying to keep countries and peoples in the grip of a neo-colonial order,” Putin said.
The Russian president stressed that this “hegemony” was synonymous with stagnation for the whole world, for the whole civilization.
“All means are used. The United States and its vassals grossly interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign states by staging provocations, coups and civil wars. Threats, blackmail and pressure are used to force independent states to submit to their will.
According to the Russian president, all of this is done for one purpose: to maintain world dominance, Sputnik reported.
“The so-called collective West is deliberately destroying the European security system, setting up new military alliances. The NATO bloc is expanding to the East, strengthening its military infrastructure, deploying missile defense systems and increases the striking capabilities of its offensive forces,” Putin said. underline.
The Russian President pointed out that these actions are hypocritically justified by the need to strengthen security in Europe, but in reality, the exact opposite is happening. At the same time, proposals on mutual security measures put forward by Russia in December last year were once again ignored, he said.
According to the Russian leader, the collective West needs conflict to maintain its hegemony. That is why the Ukrainian people were assigned the fate of “cannon fodder”.
“By implementing the ‘anti-Russia’ project, they turned a blind eye to the spread of neo-Nazi ideology, the massacres of Donbas residents, while continuously bombarding the Kyiv regime with weapons, including heavy armaments,” Vladimir Putin said.
Under these conditions, the Russian President stressed, the decision was taken to launch a special military operation in Ukraine in full compliance with the United Nations Charter.
“The objectives of this operation are clearly and precisely defined: to ensure the security of Russia and our citizens, to protect the inhabitants of Donbass from genocide.
Referring to current developments, the President pointed to the stark evidence that the United States was trying to prolong the conflict in Ukraine.
Weighing in on spiraling tensions around Taiwan, the Russian president said the United States had once again intentionally tried to “add fuel to the fire”.
“The American reckless gamble on Taiwan is not just the visit of an irresponsible politician, but part of a deliberate and conscious American strategy to destabilize…the situation in the region and the world, a shameless demonstration of disrespect for the sovereignty of other countries and for its international obligations. We see this as a carefully planned provocation,” Putin said.
Vladimir Putin told the assembly that Russia will continue to strengthen its armed forces, safeguard national interests and protect its allies, while taking other steps to build a more democratic world.
Putin stressed that only a multipolar world based on international law opens up new opportunities to fight common threats, reduce global tensions and ensure the sustainable development of all countries. To achieve this, it is necessary to restore respect for international law, its fundamental norms and principles, and to strengthen the positions of universal structures such as the United Nations and other platforms for international dialogue, Putin concluded.