Putin: War in Ukraine is the 'result of Soviet collapse'
Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses the West of "working on scenarios to fuel new conflicts" in the post-Soviet space.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that “We are witnessing the formation of a new world order, which is a difficult process.”
In a televised meeting with intelligence chiefs of Member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), he added: “It is enough to look at what is happening now between Russia and Ukraine, and at what is happening on the borders of some other CIS countries. All this, of course, is the result of the collapse of the Soviet Union."
Elsewhere in his remarks, he accused the West of "working on scenarios to fuel new conflicts" in the post-Soviet space.
In a different context, the Russian President advised the intelligence services of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries to strengthen their cooperation in data exchange and training.
"We have long been convinced that combining the efforts of your agencies expands their capabilities, allows you to achieve better results, make use of available resources more efficient. Therefore, it is necessary to actively develop cooperation in the future, from the exchange of information to joint special operations and personnel training," Putin added.
"Your agencies are at the forefront of the fight against the most dangerous threats. You have similar tasks in many respects: to ensure peace and stability in your countries, to strengthen national sovereignty, to promote the course of development of integration ties. Of course, a big role is played by coherence and interaction between intelligence services and security agencies. We have accumulated rich experience in such joint work and we must use it to the maximum," Putin stressed.
The Russian President stressed that it is critical to respond quickly to international terrorists' criminal plans in relation to border countries and to use the potential of the CIS anti-terrorist center.
The president added that it is critical to analyze emerging risks and challenges to the security of CIS countries, determining their nature, scale, and vector of development is the most important condition for effectively neutralizing the threats the countries face.
"The risks of destabilization are still growing, including the risks of destabilization of the entire Asia-Pacific region," Putin concluded.
His statement comes a day before the Russian President will finalize the incorporation regions where the referendums were held.
It is worth noting that the results of the referenda on the accession of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), as well as the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions to the country, have been released by Moscow on Wednesday.
All four regions have said their word; they voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining Russia.