Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has reminded the world of the West’s colonial policy, the plunder of India and Africa, the slave trade and the use of nuclear and chemical weapons by the US, as he condemned them for their “complete deceit” and “double standards”. At the insistence of a rules-based global order.
Putin made the remarks during a carefully choreographed ceremonial speech in the Kremlin’s grand St. George Hall on Friday, days after so-called referendums in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia in the Ukrainian regions dismissed as shams by Ukraine and the US. – Led by Western countries.
In his address, Putin said, “We hear that the West is insisting on a rules-based order. Where did that come from anyway? Who has ever seen these rules? Who consented to them or approved them? Listen, this is a lot of nonsense. , is totally fraudulent, double standards or even triple standards! They must think we are fools.
Russia is a thousand-year-old power, an entire civilization, and it cannot live by such temporary, false rules, Putin said in his speech in Russian, an English version of which was later uploaded to a Kremlin official. website
Western elites are also forcing everyone to repent for their own historical crimes, demanding that their countries’ citizens and others confess to things they had nothing to do with, for example, the period of colonial conquest, Putin said.
“It is worth reminding the West that it started its colonial policy in the Middle Ages, followed by the worldwide slave trade, the genocide of Indian tribes in America, the plunder of India and Africa… This is against human nature, truth, freedom and justice,” he said.
The European Council in a statement on Friday “resolutely” rejected and condemned Russia’s “illegal annexation” of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions.
By deliberately undermining the rules-based international order and flagrantly violating Ukraine’s fundamental rights to independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, core principles enshrined in the UN Charter and international law, Russia is endangering global security, he said.
Putin, in his speech, emphasized that it is the so-called West that has “crushed” the principle of “inviolability of borders” and is now deciding at its own discretion who has the right to self-determination and who does not, who is unfit for it.
“It’s not clear what their decisions are based on or who gave them the authority to make the decision in the first place. They just assumed it,” he said.
The 15-nation UN Security Council voted on Friday on a draft resolution on the so-called illegal referendum in Ukraine, hours after Putin signed treaties to annex Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia.
However, the resolution failed to pass as permanent UNSC member Russia vetoed it. It was supported by 10 of the 15 council members, while China, Gabon, India and Brazil abstained.
Targeting the US, Putin said that the US is the only country in the world that has used nuclear weapons twice, destroying the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And they set a precedent.
“The United States left a deep scar in the memory of the people of Korea and Vietnam with their carpet bombing and use of napalm and chemical weapons,” he underlined.
US President Joe Biden has strongly condemned Russia’s “insidious attempt” to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory and accused Moscow of “violating international law, trampling on the United Nations Charter and showing its contempt for peaceful nations everywhere”.
“Make no mistake: these actions have no legitimacy…We will continue to support Ukraine’s efforts to regain control of its territory by strengthening its hand militarily and diplomatically…,” he said in a statement on Friday.
Biden said the US would rally the international community to both condemn the move and hold Russia accountable.
“I urge all members of the international community to reject Russia’s illegal attempts at annexation and stand with the people of Ukraine as long as it takes,” he said.
Unlike other leading Western powers, India has yet to criticize Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and has refrained from voting on a UN platform to condemn Russian aggression.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the occupation of a state’s territory by another state as a result of the threat or use of force is a violation of the UN Charter and principles of international law.