President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Tuesday that what was at stake in Ukraine was Russia’s very existence as a state.
Talking at size to employees at an aviation manufacturing facility in Buryatia, some 4,400 km (2,750 miles) east of Moscow, Vladimir Putin expanded on his acquainted argument that the West was bent on pulling Russia aside.
“So for us this isn’t a geopolitical activity, however a activity of the survival of Russian statehood, creating situations for the long run growth of the nation and our youngsters,” he mentioned.
Vladimir Putin has accused the West of utilizing Ukraine as an device to wage battle in opposition to Russia and inflict on it a “strategic defeat”. America and its allies say they’re serving to Ukraine to defend itself from an imperial-style invasion that has destroyed Ukrainian cities, killed 1000’s of civilians and compelled tens of millions to flee their houses.
Vladimir Putin mentioned in a response to a query that he had been nervous concerning the financial system when the West imposed unprecedented waves of sanctions final 12 months however it had proved stronger than anticipated.
“We’ve got elevated our financial sovereignty many instances over. In spite of everything, what did our enemy rely on? That we might collapse in 2-3 weeks or in a month,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the enemy had been anticipating that factories would grind to a halt, the monetary system would collapse, unemployment would rise, protesters would take to the streets, and Russia would “sway from inside and collapse”.
“This didn’t occur,” Vladimir Putin mentioned. “It turned out, for many people, and much more so for Western nations, that the elemental foundations of Russia’s stability are a lot stronger than anybody thought.”
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