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Putin responds to imperialism accusations

By Ailis Halligan | RT | February 23, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the accusation that he is plotting to restore his country to the borders of the Russian Empire, insisting that Moscow recognizes the independence of post-Soviet states.

In an exchange held with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday, Putin assured that, while he had anticipated Western backlash over his decision to formally recognize the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, the return of the Russian Empire was not on the cards.

“I want to say right away: we see and foresaw speculation on this topic that Russia is going to restore the empire within the same imperial borders. This is absolutely not true,” the Russian president explained to Aliyev.

Putin stressed that, rather than seeking to recolonize countries previously under Moscow’s control, his government has, in fact, “recognized all the new geopolitical realities” in a quest for cooperation with independent states which have emerged since the fall of the USSR.

“Even in very acute situations … we have always acted very carefully,” he said, referring to Russia’s treatment of issues of state sovereignty, “… proceeding from the interests of all the states involved … and have always tried to achieve mutually acceptable solutions.”

The West has accused Russia of being imperialistically motivated after Putin opted to formally recognize the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics on Monday, putting an end to their limbo status inside Ukraine. According to the US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Putin wants to “travel back in time … to a time when empires ruled the world,” something she stressed would have “dire” consequences both for Ukraine and across the globe.

February 23, 2022 - Posted by | Aletho News | ,

2 Comments »

  1. Viva Russia and its President Putin!

    What the hell has happened to the country I served in its Army and federal civil service? I guess I have some inkling but can’t articulate it properly and with enough outraged passion…I hate “exceptionalism”; I hate imperialism; I hate colonialism ergo I hate Zionism; I hate a lust for “full-spectrum global dominance”; I admire reasoned, respectful diplomacy over bellicosity, bombast, and bombs….

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    Comment by roberthstiver | February 23, 2022 | Reply

  2. Biden regime lackeys pay lip service to ‘diplomacy’ while being belligerent and uncompromising. Calling the kettle black, deep state dominance and threats of aggression ignore sovereignty concerns of Donetsk and Lugansk.

    Imagine that. ZOG (the US of Israel) accusing Russia of exactly that which the ZOG is being and doing. Pure projection. Pure evil.

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    Comment by rediscover911com | February 23, 2022 | Reply


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