|Vladimir Putin again denounces Western countries|
This time the criticism was delivered by Putin through the St. International Economic Forum. Petersburg, Friday (17/6/2022). Putin stated, now is the end of the 'era of the unipolar world'. "When they won the Cold War, the United States declared themselves to be God's own representatives on earth, people who had no responsibilities -- only interests." "They have declared that interest is sacred. Now traffic is one-way, which destabilizes the world," Putin said, quoted by CNN.
The widely-acclaimed speech was delayed by more than 90 minutes due to a "massive" cyberattack. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in an impromptu conference call that the speech was delayed due to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the conference system. It is not clear who was behind the attack. The Ukrainian IT Army, a hacking collective, named the St Petersburg Forum as a target earlier this week on its Telegram channel. Putin's speech at the annual conference, one of his more significant since he ordered the invasion of Ukraine nearly four months ago, is seen as an opportunity for the world to gain insight into his thoughts. As soon as the Russian president took to the stage in the western Russian city, he wasted no time in small talk and immediately attacked the United States and its allies. "They live in their own past under their own delusions," Putin said. "They think they have won and then everything else is a colony." "And the people who live there are second-class citizens," Putin continued.
Furthermore, Putin added that Russia's "special operations" - a phrase the Russian government uses to describe its war in Ukraine - have become "a savior for the West to blame all problems on Russia."
After accusing Western countries of blaming their problems on Russia, Putin tried to blame rising food prices on "the US administration and the Euro bureaucracy." Ukraine is a major food producer, but the Russian invasion has affected its entire production and supply chain. The United Nations says the war has a devastating impact on supply and prices, and warns it could push up to 49 million more people into starvation. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said last week that food had become part of the Kremlin's "terror warehouse".
Ukrainian officials have accused Russia of stealing Ukrainian grain, a charge that appears to have been confirmed by satellite images showing Russian ships loading Ukrainian grain. In addition, Russia is blocking maritime access to Black Sea ports held by Ukraine, meaning grain still under Ukrainian control cannot be exported to many of the countries that rely on it. The longtime Russian leader also blamed the West for trying to hurt the Russian economy, calling sanctions against Moscow "crazy" and "reckless." "Their intentions are clear to destroy the Russian economy by breaking the logistics chain, freezing national assets and attacking living standards, but they have not succeeded," he said.
"It hasn't worked yet. Russian businessmen have united to work diligently, conscientiously, and step by step, we are normalizing the economic situation," he added.
The Russian president has long framed his decision to launch an invasion of Ukraine in response to Kyiv's developing diplomatic and security ties with the West. Last week, he hinted that his goal in Ukraine was the restoration of Russia as an imperial power. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that his country and Russia were at war with the same enemy, the United States (US). He said the US controls terrorists and neo-Nazi groups. "Russia and Syria are fighting against the same enemy. Both terrorists and neo-Nazis are controlled by the same country: the US," Assad said, at a meeting with Dmitry Sablin, deputy chairman of the State Duma defense committee and delegation of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), according to SANA report. The Syrian leader views the West (US and its allies) as trying to rule the world.
"The main and biggest battle is being fought against the policy of hegemony, implemented by the West, which regards itself as the center and seeks to rule the world according to its interests," Assad was quoted as saying by Russian media, TASS. He called on "countries that defend their sovereignty" to build "strong relationships with one another to help strengthen their own positions and realize the interests of their people." Dmitry Sablin traveled to Syria as part of the State Duma delegation.
According to a Fox News report, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on that occasion allegedly also called for recognition of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) which broke away from Ukraine.
According to the Telegram channel for the DPR, Assad met with the DPR's Foreign Minister, Natalia Nikonorova, and expressed her support for Russia's war against the US and its NATO allies. "The president of the Syrian Arab Republic noted the country's readiness to recognize the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics," the DPR ministry said. The group claimed Assad announced "the official start of the recognition procedure and noted that the (Syrian Arab Republic) Foreign Ministry will soon receive relevant instructions from him." Fox News was unable to independently verify this House claim.
Assad is also said to have echoed Putin's claims that NATO poses a threat to Moscow. Syria is one of five countries, including Russia, that opposed a UN General Assembly resolution condemning Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. The Assad regime also voted against suspending Russia's membership on the UN Human Rights Council one month later in April.