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Putin accuses United States of damaging world order Ru ssia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, October !, #!$ BY ALEXEI ANISHCHUK-Fri Oct 24, 2014 %Reuters& ' Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on (rida) of endangering global securit) b) imposing a *unilateral diktat* on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis onto the +est$ ,n a ! 'minute diatribe against the +est that was reminiscent o
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  Putin accuses United States of damaging  world order Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, October !,  #!$ BY ALEXEI ANISHCHUK- Fri Oct 24, 2014  %Reuters&  Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on (rida) of endangering global securit) b) imposing a *unilateral diktat* on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis onto the +est$n a ! minute diatribe against the +est that was reminiscent of the Cold +ar and underlined the depth of the rift between -oscow and the +est, Putin also denied tr)ing to rebuild the So.iet empire at the e/pense of Russia's neighbours$*+e did not start this,* Putin told an informal group of e/perts on Russia that includes man) +estern specialists critical of him, warning that +ashington was tr)ing to *remake the whole world* based on its own interests$  *Statements that Russia is tr)ing to reinstate some sort of empire, that it is encroaching on the so.ereignt) of its neighbours, are groundless,* the former 012 sp) declared in a speech deli.ered standing at a podium, without a smile, in a ski resort in mountains abo.e the 2lack Sea cit) of Sochi$3isting a series of conflicts in which he faulted U$S$ actions, including 3ib)a, S)ria and ra4, Putin asked whether +ashington's policies had strengthened peace and democrac)$*5o,* he declared$ *6he unilateral diktat and the imposing of schemes %on others& ha.e e/actl) the opposite effect$*Putin, 7, has stepped up anti+estern rhetoric since returning to the 0remlin as president in  #, helping push up his popularit) ratings since the anne/ation of Crimea from Ukraine in -arch$8.en so, the speech was one of the most hostile Putin has deli.ered against the +est and it appeared partl) intended to show Russian .oters he will stand up to the rest of the world and defend their interests$6he criticisms of a world order dominated b) +ashington, more than two decades after the Cold +ar, recalled a  9 speech in -unich in which Putin shocked the +est b) lambasting +ashington's *unipolar* world .iew$ 6he speech prompted man) +estern leaders to reassess their .iew of Putin$S:(651 6:8 23;-86he annual meetings of what is known as the Valdai Club ha.e rarel) featured such open, direct and tough language in their debates on Russian polic)$Critics sa) the meetings ha.e become a showcase for 0remlin polic), with the session attended b) Putin shown li.e on state tele.ision and little discussion of Russia's record on human rights and democrac), which is criticised in the +est$Putin re<ected criticism o.er the Ukraine crisis, in which -oscow has sided with proRussian separatists in eastern Ukraine, and threw the +est's criticisms of -oscow back in its face$Repeating accusations that +estern go.ernments helped pro+estern groups stage a coup d'etat that ousted a pro-oscow president in 0ie. in (ebruar), Putin said= *5o one wanted to listen to us and no one wanted to talk to us$**nstead of a difficult but,  underline, ci.ilised dialogue the) brought about a state coup$ 6he) pushed the countr) into chaos, economic and social collapse, and ci.il war with huge losses,* he said$  Dismissing U$S$ and 8uropean Union sanctions imposed on -oscow as a mistake, he said= *Russia willnot be posturing, get offended, ask someone for an)thing$ Russia is selfsufficient$*:e made onl) passing references to the decline of Russia's > trillion econom), which is in danger of sliding into recession as its currenc) tumbles along with the price of oil, its main e/port item$2ut he said in a 4uestion and answer session after his speech that Russia would not burn though its gold and foreign currenc) reser.es thoughtlessl) to prop up the econom)$Putin has increasingl) sought to shift blame for the economic crisis onto global problems, the sanctions and the oil price$ :e and other Russian officials, including (oreign -inister Sergei 3a.ro., ha.e also used increasingl) tough language to blame the +est for the Ukraine crisis$ ; ceasefire has been in force in Ukraine since Sept$ ?, but it has been .iolated dail) and the +est sa)s -oscow continues to ha.e troops and weapons in east Ukraine$ Russia denies this$%;dditional reporting b) 3idia 0ell), Vladimir Soldatkin, ;le/ander +inning, @ason 2ush and 1abriela2acA)nskaB +riting b) 6imoth) :eritageB 8diting b) 1iles 8lgood&Posted b)  6ha.am
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