Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed on Friday that the West has “plundered” nations like India in violation of the values of “truth, freedom, and justice,” accusing the West of inciting colour revolutions in any country for geopolitical gains.
“The West … began its colonial policy back in the Middle Ages, and then followed the slave trade, the genocide of Indian tribes in America, the plunder of India, of Africa, the wars of England and France against China … What they did was hooking entire nations on drugs, deliberately exterminate entire ethnic groups,” said Putin in the St George’s Hall at a Kremlin ceremony as per Reuters translation.
“For the sake of land and resources, they hunted people like animals. This is contrary to the very nature of man, truth, freedom, and justice,” he added as he condemned West for stirring up new conflicts.
Putin asserted that the West is prepared to incite unrest in any nation. According to Reuters’ translation of Putin’s speech, which he gave in Russian, “Following their goals, our geopolitical opponents – our opponents as we called them until quite recently – are prepared to put anyone, any country, in the line of fire; to turn it into the epicenter of a crisis; to provoke a “color revolution” and unleash a bloodbath.”
“We have seen all this on more than one occasion. We also know that the West works on scenarios to stir up new conflicts in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) area. But we have enough of them as it is. You need but look at what’s happening now between Russia and Ukraine, what’s happening on the borders of some other CIS countries,” he added.
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At the ceremony, Putin officially proclaimed the annexation of four regions—Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhia—in an all-out attack on the West, saying that “this is the will of millions of people.”
He praised “traditional” Russian principles and denounced the West as “satanic.”
“Do we really want in our schools, from the elementary grades, that children were imposed perversions that lead to degradation and extinction? That they were taught that besides a man and a woman there were some other genders and were offered sex-change operations? Do we really want this for our country, for our children? All this is unacceptable for us, we have our own, different future,” he said as he slammed western values, according to a Reuters translation of Putin’s speech.
In a lengthy address at a Kremlin event announcing the acquisition of Ukrainian territory, Putin stated, “There are four new regions of Russia.” According to Al Jazeera, the address was filled with harsh criticism of Ukraine and its Western backers.
According to Putin, those living in the four annexed regions will now be Russia’s citizens forever.
Putin criticised Western nations, which have imposed severe sanctions on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, while simultaneously denying that he was trying to revive the Soviet Union through the aforementioned annexation.
Putin went on to say that Russia would now protect its new territory “with all the means at its disposal” in a resounding declaration.
According to Al Jazeera, the Russian President defended his country’s choice to hold the referendum and declare the annexation of the area by saying that the residents of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhia had a “integral right” to become a part of Russia.
Putin went on to say that the residents of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine were “victims of inhumane terrorist attacks conducted by the Kyiv regime.”
Additionally, he referred to the referendum’s outcome as “the will of millions of people.”
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, took a significant step by signing a proclamation acknowledging the purported “independence” of the Ukrainian provinces of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson.
Additionally, a resolution that would seek to criticise Russia for holding referenda in four territories that it controls but that Ukraine claims, according to media reports, would be voted on by the UN Security Council on Friday.
According to CNN, the US-sponsored resolution would urge all nations to oppose the change in the status of the four regions. The resolution, which is also supported by Albania, would reiterate the UN’s support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
Any acquisition of a state’s territory by another state brought about by a “threat or use of force,” according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, is against international law and the UN charter.
Additionally, after Moscow proclaimed the independence of the occupied Ukrainian areas and rebel regions, the US imposed new sanctions on Russia.