“After winning the war of nerves, the United States declared itself to be God’s representative on earth,” Putin said.
And they declared their own interests sacred. It is their one-sided behavior that has destabilized the world. ”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed to reporters that cyber attacks had taken place and that Putin’s speech had been delayed.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the cyber attack. However, it is thought that hackers from the IT department of the Ukrainian army may have caused it.
The world was watching what Putin said at the annual conference of the International Economic Forum after the aggression on Ukraine began four months ago. Analysts hope that Putin’s remarks on the Ukraine war will give him a clear idea of what is going on in his mind.
As soon as Putin stepped on the stage to deliver his speech, he began sharply criticizing the United States and its Western allies.
“They (Westerners) live in their own delusion … they think they have won,” he said. Everything else is a colony, backyard and the people living there are second class citizens. ”
At the time, Putin blamed the West for trying to hurt Russia’s economy. He called the sanctions on Moscow “crazy” and “reckless”.
Putin condemns “crazy, reckless” sanctions on Russia
Putin claims that the Western sanctions have already failed. He says sanctions are more harmful to those who impose them.
Putin noted that the imposition of sanctions on Russia could cost the European Union 400 million. According to him, the EU has lost its political authority in responding to the war in Ukraine.
Putin said inflation was rising in EU countries. Inequality will only increase as a result of sanctions. With this ban, the real interests of the people of Europe have been sidelined.
“We are tough people,” he said. We can continue to face any challenge. ”
“Russia is just beginning its journey as a strong and sovereign nation. We will definitely take advantage of the huge opportunities that are available at this time and become stronger. ”
Russia will be an open economy and will not walk the path of isolation despite sanctions, Putin said. He said Russia would continue to work with Western companies.
Moreover, Putin hopes that the flow of gas on new routes will continue. He also said that Russia would try to increase the range of economic cooperation with those seeking it.
Putin has called for investment in Russia to keep trade and commerce in the country, saying his country has great potential. The West could not pull Moscow down.