Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow has the opportunity to partner not only with India and China, but also with Latin America and Africa, saying it is impossible to ‘fence off’ a country like Russia from the outside.
Putin, in a meeting with young entrepreneurs here on Thursday, said the world is big and diverse.
“You have just mentioned China and India. Why only China and India? It is also Latin America. Perhaps, today’s Africa is still sleeping, but it is waking up, 1.5 billion people live there. What about Southeast Asia? he said, quoted by Russian news agency TASS.
Bilateral relations with Russia are a key pillar of India’s foreign policy, and India regards Russia as a long-standing and proven friend who has played an important role in its economic development and security.
Apparently referring to economic sanctions imposed by the West on Moscow following its military operation in Ukraine, Putin said that “it is impossible to fence off a country like Russia from the outside.”
Russia’s current mission is to “recover and strengthen” its sovereignty and territories, he said.
“It seems that our mission is also to return and strengthen, and if we proceed from the fact that these fundamental values are the basis of our existence, we will certainly succeed in achieving the goals that await us,” Putin said.
Amid calls from the European Union to seek alternatives to Russia’s energy supply, Purin said abandoning Russian energy resources is unlikely in the coming years.
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The rejection of Russian energy resources in recent years seems unlikely, he said.
“As for the abandonment of our energy resources, the probability is low in several years to come and no one knows what will happen for several years. Nobody will put concrete plugs in the wells, it is not necessary,” Putin said.
The Russian President visited a multimedia exhibition at the All-Russian Exhibition Center, dedicated to the 350th anniversary of the birth of Peter I, the first Russian emperor.
He praised Peter the Great’s role in building the Russian state.
Drawing an analogy to the time of Peter the Great, Putin said that Peter I did not seize any Swedish territory during the Great Northern War, but “recovered it”.
When Peter the Great founded Russia’s new capital, none of the European countries recognized Russia’s right to the area, he said.
“Everyone considered it part of Sweden, but the Slavs lived there from time immemorial together with the Finno-Ugric peoples, and the region was controlled by the Russian state. The same goes for the western direction” , Putin said.
Putin said Peter I was “a leading statesman and military leader”, a patriot who was fully committed to serving his country.
According to him, Peter I’s ambitious reforms in state management, economy, science, culture and education “contributed to strengthening Russia’s authority on the international scene and largely determined the development of the country as a strong and sovereign power for centuries to come”.
In October 2018, Putin signed a decree on the celebration of the 350th anniversary of the birth of Peter I this year.
Peter I was the last tsar of Russia (1682-1721) and the first emperor (1721-1725) under whose reign a regular army and navy were created in Russia, the city of St. Petersburg was founded, the country was proclaimed empire and undergoes important reforms.
On February 24, Putin announced a “special military operation” in Ukraine, resulting in a series of sanctions by the West as well as condemnation from the UN, EU and others. Many multinational companies suspended their activities in Russia following the invasion.