Putin Slams West's Attempts For 'Dominance By Any Means' — 'They Deliberately Multiply Chaos'

Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Friday, hinted at the increasing risk of global conflict, blaming the West for deliberately causing the ‘chaos' amid the Ukraine war.

What Happened: Putin, in a recorded message to a summit of defense ministers from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and a group of ex-Soviet countries, said the West’s desire to maintain its dominance on the world stage was the reason behind aggravating global tensions. 

“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.

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“They deliberately multiply chaos and aggravate the international situation,” he added.

Putin accused the U.S. and its European allies of “exploiting” Ukraine and turning it into a “colony.” He said the West was using Ukrainians as “cannon fodder” in a conflict against Moscow.

Putin has repeatedly criticized the West for providing military and financial backing to the war-torn nation, which, according to him, has led to prolonged conflict in the country. 

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Putin denied having "gone mad" over the Ukraine war and said he was not planning to use nuclear weapons. "We haven't gone mad, we realize what nuclear weapons are," he said.

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