Western countries have been preparing Ukraine for a big war long before the start of Moscow’s military operation there and have admitted it, according to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Putin who said this in his address to Russia’s Federal Assembly on Tuesday, added that the West had been preparing Ukraine for the conflict “without restraint”.
“The U.S. and NATO rapidly established their military bases and secret biological laboratories near the borders of our country.
“They were learning to act on the theatre of future military operations during manoeuvres, preparing the Kiev regime, which is controlled by them, Ukraine, which they had enslaved, for a big war, and they admit it today.
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“They publicly admit this without restraint,” Putin said.
The Russian leader also stated that the West had trained Ukrainian troops, and shipped weapons and military equipment to Kiev long before Russia started the military operation in Ukraine.
“And I want to specifically emphasise that Kiev and the West had negotiations on deliveries of air defense systems, fighter jets, and other military equipment to Ukraine long before the start of the special military operation,” Putin added.
According to him, Western elite were not concealing the goal to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia and “once and for all” end the country.
“The Elite of the West are not concealing their goal to inflict like they are saying – it is a direct quote – a strategic defeat on Russia.
“It means to end us once and for all. So they intend to turn a local conflict into a global confrontation,” the president said.
Putin also stated that the West had been trying to accelerate the process of turning Ukraine into “anti-Russia” since 2014, indoctrinating Kiev with Russophobia and aggressive nationalism.
“People who used to dive into history for a little bit know well that this project (‘anti-Russia’) dates back to the 19th century.
“It was nurtured in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in Poland, and other countries for a single purpose, which is to strip our country of historic territories that are called Ukraine today,” the president added.
He insists that following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the West is not abandoning attempts to “incite” the former Soviet countries.
“What else is the key is that after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the West is not abandoning attempts to ‘incite’ the former Soviet countries, and the main thing, of course, is to completely put an end to Russia as one of the largest remaining parts of our historic state territory,” Putin said