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Russian President Vladimir Putin lambasted the United States in a Friday speech in St. Petersburg, accusing Washington of believing he is the “messenger of God” and warning that the world order is changing.
“After declaring victory in the Cold War, the United States proclaimed itself God’s messengers on Earth,” Putin said. “They seem to ignore the fact that over the past few decades powerful and increasingly assertive new centers have been formed.”
Putin’s speech, which was delayed for more than an hour due to a suspected cyberattack, focused almost solely on attacking the United States and its Western allies.
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Russia has been the subject of immense international condemnation following the illegal and deadly invasion of Ukraine four months ago – an incursion that resulted in the greatest threat to European security since World War II. world.
But Putin, who has long relied on propaganda to raise the political temperature in Russia, suggested that Moscow had been harshly punished because of Western fears that the world order was changing.
“Our colleagues are not just denying reality. More than that, they are trying to reverse the course of history,” Putin said. “They think of themselves as exceptional. If they’re exceptional, that means everyone else is second-rate.”
The Kremlin leader accused the United States of trying to “cancel” states that do not accept Western values.
Putin claimed Moscow was just the latest victim to be hit with “crazy” and “senseless” sanctions and said Western efforts would not prevent the world order from changing.
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“Nothing lasts forever,” he said. “When planning their economic blitzkrieg, they didn’t notice, they just ignored the real facts about how much our country has changed over the past few years.”
The United States, Europe and other Western allies not only slapped Russia with harsh sanctions in an attempt to thwart its war efforts, but also decided to block the sale of Russia’s most important sources of revenue. Russia – oil and natural gas.
The European Union, which imported 40% of its energy needs from Moscow before its invasion of Ukraine, said it would cut 90% of its Russian oil imports by the end of the year.
Moreover, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised earlier this month to tackle the remaining 10% as well.
But despite high inflation, his weakened ability to supply his armed forces in Ukraine and growing internal frustrations over economic difficulties in his country, Putin said on Friday that the West’s efforts were not working.
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The Russian president has said efforts to stop his “special military operation” in Ukraine will not work.
He once again claimed his invasion was a response to alleged human rights abuses by Kyiv – a charge the United Nations has repeatedly denied – and said he was “forced” to invade Ukraine.