Russian President Vladimir Putin made one of the most stridently anti-Western speeches of his career, Reuters reports.
Putin was speaking before an “informal group of experts” at a mountain resort outside the former Olympic city of Sochi that included Western specialists critical of his rule. The Russian president held little back rhetorically, blaming the US for military escalations in the former Soviet space and accusing the US and its partners of “pushing Ukrain] into chaos.”
“We did not start this,” Putin said before accusing the US of trying to “‘remake the whole world based on its interests”.
But Putin’s speech went beyond critiquing American actions or defending his own. He made several statements that don’t really fall within the realm of policy disagreement. Instead, the Russian president began to attack American society and its system of government.