Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States (US) of prolonging the Ukraine crisis and trying to “destabilize” the world with the recent visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.
Speaking at the International Security Conference in Moscow, the Russian leader said, “The situation in Ukraine shows that the United States is trying to prolong this conflict. And it does the same by nurturing the possibility of conflict in Asia, Africa and Latin America.”
“A carefully crafted provocation”
Speaking harshly about Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Putin said, “The US adventure in Taiwan is not just an irresponsible politician’s trip, but part of a conscious and deliberate strategy to destabilize and chaotic the situation in the region and the world.”
Claiming that the visit was an “arrogant indication” that the US did not respect the sovereignty and international obligations of other countries, Putin described the situation as a “carefully prepared provocation”.
Russia, which has occupied Ukraine since February 24, condemns Washington’s continued military aid to Kiev. The attacks targeting the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in the south of Ukraine during the most tense periods between the two countries also increased the concerns about a nuclear disaster.
Shoigu: The goal is deterrence
While Kyiv and Moscow blamed each other for the attacks on the campus, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu emphasized the deterrent feature of nuclear weapons.
“The main purpose of Russia’s nuclear weapons is to deter a nuclear attack,” said Minister Shoigu at the International Security Conference.
Russia, which has been subjected to a series of heavy sanctions by the West due to the Ukraine crisis, is in an effort to strengthen its relations with African and Asian countries, especially with China.
Moscow described Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in early August as a “provocation” that caused China’s anger, and said Beijing had the right to take “necessary measures to preserve its sovereignty”.