Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday reiterated his criticism of the United States as a declining force that treats its allies as colonies, while declaring itself an outstanding “messenger of the Lord of the Earth.”
“If they are exceptional, it means that everyone else is second class,” he said. Putin told the United States that the Kremlin had declared it “extremely important” in the church. St. Petersburg International Economic Forum – an annual business conference, once known as “Russia Davos”.
His remarks were delayed by more than an hour after the Kremlin cited “large-scale” widespread cyber attacks denying service to the conference’s computer systems. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry S. Peskov said the attacks had decommissioned the conference participants’ database, complicating the process of vetting guests entering the plenary session. Putin had to speak.
Mr. Putin also said the European Union had imposed sanctions on Russia on Washington’s orders, despite damage to its own economy.
“The European Union has completely lost its political sovereignty. Putin said that “and its bureaucratic elites are dancing to unknown tunes, accepting everything that is said to them from above, while harming their own public and their own economy.”
He also claims that Western politicians falsely blame inflation in their countries for the war in Ukraine in order to divert public attention from what he described as the real reasons: excessive spending by the Western government and loose monetary policy.
“We all hear about Putin’s so-called inflation in the West,” he said. Putin said. “When I see this, I always think: who is this for, this nonsense?” For someone who doesn’t know how to read or write. “
Mr. Putin warned that inflation was threatening to “starve the poorest countries” and said: “This will be entirely on the conscience of the United States and the European bureaucracy.”
He also insisted that the Russian economy would remain open to foreign investment and co-operation. “Russia, while our Western friends literally dream of it, will never take the path of isolation and autarky,” he said. Putin said.
Ukraine’s IT army, a group of “hacktavists” behind many attacks on Russian websites, has previously targeted the economic forum. “St. The International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg starts today, so let’s “visit” it online together, “the group told its Telegram channel.
President Kasim-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan and Margarita Simonyan, editor of the state-run RT television channel, are also expected to appear on stage. Mr. Peskov said Xi Jinping, Chinese leader and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi would address the conference via video.