Speaking at an international summit in Samarkand, the Russian president blasted plans to create a unipolar world. The leader has in the past, on numerous occasions, accused Washington and its allies of such ambitions.
“Attempts to create a unipolar world have recently taken totally hideous and absolutely unacceptable forms for the overwhelming majority of countries in the world”: this is one of the public statements by Vladimir Putin which marked this first day of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which is being held in Uzbekistan on September 15 and 16.
The Russian president made the remarks during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping – one of the many leaders he is due to meet in Samarkand. During the same exchange, Vladimir Putin made it known that Russia “welcomes[ait] from the balanced position [de la Chine] on the Ukrainian crisis. He also recalled that Moscow was “firmly resolved to adhere to the principle of one China” and, therefore, condemned “the provocations of the United States and satellites in the Taiwan Strait”.
Attempts to create a unipolar world have recently taken totally hideous and absolutely unacceptable forms for the overwhelming majority of countries in the world.
The Russian president regularly castigates the American hyperpower and the hegemonic ambitions he attributes to Western leaders, conversely praising the emergence of a multipolar world. This year’s edition of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, had the theme: “On the way to a multipolar world”.
Regarding the Chinese position on the “special military operation” carried out by Russia in Ukraine since February 24, and denounced by the West as a war of invasion: Beijing calls for the resolution of this crisis through peaceful dialogue , while accusing the United States of having added fuel to the fire on this issue.
Finally, with regard to the tensions between Washington and Beijing around Taiwan – an island that China considers to be an integral part of its territory – they have increased in magnitude in recent weeks with the controversial visit to Taiwan by the Speaker of the House of Commons. American representatives Nancy Pelosi, as well as with the American announcement of the sale of 1.1 billion dollars of arms to Taipei.