United States unipolar model failed: Putin

United States unipolar model failed: Putin
Fri May 23, 2014 16:45:22

Russian President Vladimir Putin has lashed out at the global influence of the United States, saying: "The unipolar model has failed."

"The model of a unipolar world has failed. Everyone can easily see it today, even those who try to act in the usual manner, to keep their monopoly, to dictate their rules of the game in politics, commerce and finance, to impose their cultural and behavioral norms," Putin said, addressing an economic forum in Saint Petersburg.

"The world is multipolar, people want to decide their own destinies, preserve their cultural and historical identities and civilizations," Putin said.

He said he believed Washington was pushing for sanctions on Russia to try to gain a competitive edge in Europe.

"By insisting on the use of sanctions against Russia, I suspect that our American friends -- maybe, they are subtle -- want to obtain certain advantages in their commercial and economies ties with Europe.

"For now this is not having a negative systemic effect on our economy and I hope that this will not take place," Putin said.

Putin also said that sanctions imposed on Russian officials over the Ukraine crisis would backfire on Western countries.

"In the modern, interconnected world, economic sanctions as an instrument of political pressure can have a boomerang effect, and in the end they have an impact on the businesses and economies of the countries that initiated them," he added.


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