Russian President Vladimir Putin targeted the United States during a speech delivered in St. Petersburg on Friday, blasting the U.S. for believing itself to be “God’s messenger.”
Putin also warned that the world order was changing and not in favor of the U.S.
Putin began his speech by saying, “After declaring victory in the Cold War, the United States proclaimed itself to be God’s messenger on Earth. They seem to ignore the fact that in the past decades, new powerful and increasingly assertive centers have been formed.”
Putin’s propaganda certainly contains a grain of truth. The sphere of influence that the U.S. has been leading is on the decline in favor of China’s growing power.
Putin continued saying, “Our colleagues are not just denying reality. More than that, they are trying to reverse the course of history. They consider themselves exceptional. If they are exceptional, that means everyone else is second rate.”
Unfortunately for us, we have discovered that the rest of the world is not second rate. China is countering our influence and Russia’s war in Ukraine threatens to shift the balance of power in Europe. There are real problems that must be addressed if we are to stand up to Vladimir Putin and defend the free world.
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