Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said the West's desire to maintain its dominance on the world stage was increasing the risks of conflict, APA reports citing US news.
"The potential for conflict in the world is growing and this is a direct consequence of the attempts by Western elites to preserve their political, financial, military and ideological dominance by any means," Putin said.
The Russian leader was speaking in a video message to a summit of defence ministers from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and a group of ex-Soviet countries that was published by the Kremlin.
"They deliberately multiply chaos and aggravate the international situation," Putin said.
He also accused the West of "exploiting" Ukraine and using its people as "cannon fodder" in a conflict against Russia.