MOSCOW: Accusing the West of provoking colour revolution for geopolitical gains, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said that the West has “plundered” countries like India in contradiction to the values of “truth, freedom and justice”, according to Reuters translation of Putin’s annexation speech in Russian.
In an all-out attack on the West, Putin formally announced the annexation of four regions of Ukraine – Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia — and claimed that “this is the will of millions of people.”
“The West … began its colonial policy back in the Middle Ages, and then followed the slave trade, the genocide of Indian tribes in America, the plunder of India, of Africa, the wars of England and France against China … What they did was hooking entire nations on drugs, deliberately exterminate entire ethnic groups,” said Putin at a Kremlin ceremony in St George’s Hall.
“For the sake of land and resources, they hunted people like animals. This is contrary to the very nature of man, truth, freedom and justice,” he added as he condemned the West for stirring up new conflicts.
Putin said that the West stands ready to provoke revolution in any country. “Following their goals, our geopolitical opponents – our opponents as we called them until quite recently – are prepared to put anyone, any country, in the line of fire; to turn it into the epicenter of a crisis; to provoke a “color revolution” and unleash a bloodbath,” Putin said in his Russian speech.
“We have seen all this on more than one occasion. We also know that the West works on scenarios to stir up new conflicts in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) area. But we have enough of them as it is. Look at what’s happening now between Russia and Ukraine, what’s happening on the borders of some other CIS countries,” he added.
He also attacked the West as being ‘satanic’ and hailed ‘traditional’ Russian values.
“Do we really want in our schools, from the elementary grades, that children were imposed perversions that lead to degradation and extinction? That they are taught that besides a man and a woman there are some other genders and are offered sex-change operations? Do we really want this for our country, for our children? All this is unacceptable for us, we have our own, different future,” he said as he slammed western values, according to Reuters translation of the speech.
“There are four new regions of Russia,” Putin said in a lengthy speech declaring the annexation of Ukrainian territories in the St George’s Hall at a Kremlin ceremony. The speech was filled with highly critical rhetoric about Ukraine and its Western allies, reported Al Jazeera.
Putin said the residents in the four annexed regions will now be Russia’s “citizens forever” while denying seeking revival of the Soviet Union by the said annexation.
Moreover, in a strong statement, Putin also added that Russia would now defend its new territory “with all the means at its disposal”.





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