Aug 16, 2022 15:03 UTC
  •  Putin charges US with 'trying to prolong Ukraine war, destabilize region'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has charged the United States with attempting to prolong the conflict in Ukraine and seeking to destabilize the Asia-Pacific region, in a reference to the US interference in Taiwan.

"The situation in Ukraine shows that the US is trying to prolong this conflict. And they act in exactly the same way, fueling the potential for conflict in Asia, Africa, and Latin America," Putin said at the opening ceremony of the Moscow international security conference on Tuesday.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements and Moscow’s recognition of the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in east Ukraine.

At the time, Putin said one of the goals of what he called a “special military operation” was to “de-Nazify” Ukraine.

Russia has repeatedly warned that the Western supply of weapons to Ukraine accompanied by crippling sanctions on Moscow would prolong the ongoing war, which is already into its sixth month. 

Putin also denounced US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent controversial visit to Taiwan, calling it “a carefully planned provocation”.

"The American adventure in relation to Taiwan is not just a trip of an individual irresponsible politician, but part of a purposeful, conscious US strategy to destabilize and make chaotic the situation in the region and the world," he said.

China has long opposed US interference in the self-ruled island as well as regular visits to the territory by US officials despite Washington's formal recognition of the “One-China” policy under which nearly all countries recognize Beijing’s sovereignty over Taiwan.