Putin: Russia trying to tell West that construction of dividing walls should stop

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called Moscow's firm position in various international crises, including the crisis in Ukraine, right, and that this is bound to tell foreign partners about the need to build a common humanitarian and security space.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called Moscow's firm position in various international crises, including the crisis in Ukraine, right, and that this is bound to tell foreign partners about the need to build a common humanitarian and security space.

"The rather firm position of ours in the known crises, including the one in Ukraine, is bound to let our partners know that the most correct way is to stop building these [dividing] walls and start building a common humanitarian space, a space of security and economic freedom," he said at an annual press conference.

The Russian president thus commented on the statement of a journalist who said that a wall of mistrust, suspicion and alienation between Russia and a number of other states had been built up in a few weeks this year.

"You said that the Berlin Wall fell and we are now witnessing the construction of some other walls. We are not witnessing this now. Weren't we told after the fall of the Berlin Wall that NATO would not be expanding towards the East? But that [process] was launched immediately. There were two waves in that enlargement. Isn't that a wall?" Putin asked.

"What about the missile defense [network] being deployed near our borders? Isn't that a wall either? No one stopped and that is the main problem of present-day international relations. Our partners did not stop. They decided that they were victorious, they were an empire and all the others were vassals and needed to be pressured," the Russian president said.

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