Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced his belief that the United States is putting the world at risk with the actions it takes on the global stage. He claimed that the U.S. government is attempting to "remake the whole world" to fulfill its own goals.
As evidence of his claims, Putin pointed to the United States' actions in Middle Eastern nations such as Iraq and Syria. He used the term "unilateral diktat" to describe America's approach to foreign policy. The Russian president also rejected accusations that his nation is attempting to spread its own power through use of force.
"Statements that Russia is trying to reinstate some sort of empire, that it is encroaching on the sovereignty of its neighbors, are groundless."
Putin also went so far as to place blame on Western nations for the current strife in Ukraine, insisting that Western governments fomented rebellion there.
"Instead of a difficult but, I underline, civilized dialogue they brought about a state coup. They pushed the country into chaos, economic and social collapse, and civil war with huge losses."
By this rationale, one would think Russia was forced to annex Crimea from Ukraine earlier this year.
Putin also boasted that the United States is "no threat" to Russia.
"I don't think that the United States poses a threat to us...I think that the policies of the ruling elite are erroneous. I am convinced that they go against our interests, undermine trust in the United States."
Meanwhile, as reported by The Inquisitr, Putin recently rattled his saber by throwing out claims that Russia has 5,000 nuclear warheads. Of course, it can be argued that such a statement could itself be detrimental to world stability. That irony may be lost on the Russian president, however.
The latest anti-Western rhetoric from the Russian leader could be considered a ploy to pander to voters. Putin is most likely making a bid to shore up confidence that he is the only man who can stand up to the United States. His statements can also be seen as yet another attempt to transfer blame for Russia's economic woes on external forces. One of the most recent misfortunes to hit the nation is the drop in global oil prices.
Do you think there is any credence to Vladimir Putin's accusations? Are Western nations, including the United States, doing things around the planet that are detrimental to the world?