Mumbai: Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of trying to crush Russia with “stupid” sanctions. However, Putin said that the “economic blitzkrieg had no chance of success from the very beginning”.
Petersburg International Economic Forum, he reaffirmed his commitment to the conflict with Ukraine, saying that the purpose of the war was to protect “our” people in the country’s Donbass region.
Putin said Russian troops in the Donbas – which has been the scene of the deadliest fighting in recent months – were also fighting to defend Russia’s “rights to secure development”.
“The West has basically refused to meet its earlier obligations, making it impossible to reach any new agreements with it,” he said.
“In the current situation, against the background of increasing risks and threats to us, Russia’s decision to conduct a special military operation was forced – difficult, of course, but forced and necessary.”
“We are strong people and can cope with any challenge. Like our ancestors, we will solve any problem, the entire thousand-year history of our country speaks of this,” he said.
Putin also vented his anger for the United States, which he said considered itself “God’s messenger on earth” and that Washington and its allies were trying to “change the course of history” and weaken a sovereign Russia by sanctions.
He also said the US was raising food prices by printing money and “snapping” global markets.
Putin turned to Russia’s ailing economy and called on Russian enterprises to boost their domestic investments to help them realize the country’s “huge potential” and thwart Western attempts to destroy the Russian economy.