Sat Feb 7, 2015 4:6PM
Russian president says his country will never accept a world order which is headed by one single government.
Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Moscow will oppose a unipolar world order where an undisputed leader imposes his own will on the world.
“There’s an attempt to disguise the current world order that has taken shape over the past few decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a world order that is headed by one undisputed leader who wants to remain such,” Putin told a congress of the Independent Trade Unions Federation of Russia in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.
Putin was clearly lashing out at the United States, which is currently at loggerheads with Russia over the armed conflict in east Ukraine.
He said that Russia will never be satisfied with a world system in which only things are allowed that meet the interests of an “undisputed leader.”
“A leader who assumes that everything is allowed to him but others only need what he allows them and what meets his own interests. Russia will never be satisfied with this kind of world order,” Putin added.
Sanctions will fail
Meanwhile, Putin admitted that the current US-led sanctions on Russia have harmed the country but added that such measures will never achieve their goals. Emphasizing that sanctions will ultimately benefit no one, Putin said, “They definitely can’t be effective against a country such as ours, though they do cause us certain damage and harm, and we should realize this.”
Putin added that Russia is not at war and does not want a war, adding that attempts have been made to curb the development of Russia.
“We don’t plan to fight a war with anyone, we plan to cooperate with everyone,” he said.
Russia has been hit by several rounds of Western sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine, although the restrictive measures have backfired on the economy of the European countries.
The armed conflict in east Ukraine has claimed the lives of more than 5,300 people according to the estimates made by the United Nations. Western governments keep accusing Russia of supporting the armed militancy against the Ukrainian government. Moscow denies the charges, saying Kiev must stop the suppression of the ethnic Russian population in the area.