Russian President Putin says US is to blame for tensions in Europe

Vladimir Putin

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# 21 December 2021 16:43 (UTC +04:00)

According to the Russian president, the United States has been conducting an anti-Russian policy since the "euphoria" that followed "victory" in the Cold War, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The United States is to be blamed for the escalation of tensions in Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

During his speech at a Russian Defence Ministry board meeting, Putin said that Moscow will take adequate military-technical measures in response to the unfriendly steps by the US and has every right to do so.

Putin additionally suggested that it might have been the "euphoria" from "the so-called victory in the Cold War" that prompted Washington to conduct its "anti-Russian policy". According to him, the United States failed to make proper conclusions after the Cold War.

The Russian president also blasted Washington's actions in other countries such as Iraq and Syria, also recalling the bombing of Yugoslavia in the late 1990s.

Putin pointed at how Washington "did the toughest things without any UN Security Council sanction". With regard to Iraq, he said, the United States has "destroyed the country" and created a "hotbed of international terrorism", later only justifying its mistakes with intelligence failures.

The Russian president also said that Moscow does not require any special conditions for itself and stands for equal and indivisible security in Europe. However, the West's actions continue to prompt concerns in the Kremlin.