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Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of trying to encourage widespread 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 longstanding claim that he sent troops to Ukraine in response to Washington turning the country into an “anti” bulwark. -Russia”.

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

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The speech represented the Russian leader’s latest attempt to garner support amid heavy Western sanctions that have targeted the Russian economy and finance along with its government structures, senior officials and business 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 both of them being part of an alleged American attempt to foment global instability.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) vowed to strengthen Russia’s military cooperation with its allies at the 2022 Army International Military and Technical Forum at Patriot Park outside Moscow, Russia on August 15, 2022.
(Sputnik, photo of the Kremlin pool via AP)

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

The Russian leader said that “Western globalist elites” were trying to “shift the blame for their failures to Russia and China”, adding that “no matter how hard the beneficiaries of the current globalist model try to cling to it, it is doomed. . “

“The era of the unipolar world order is nearing its end,” he added.

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

“Western intelligence agencies not only provided the coordinates of targets for launching attacks, but Western specialists also supervised the entry of such data into weapon systems,” Shoigu said.

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

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“From a military point of view, it is not necessary to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine to achieve the stated objectives,” said Shoigu. “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 has completely liquidated its chemical weapons stocks in accordance with an international treaty banning chemical weapons.

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