“The West, for the sake of its ambitions, is practically destroying the Ukrainian people, forcing the active generation to die on the battlefield and bringing the rest of the population to poverty.”
He added the West sees “no place” for Russia in the modern world, insinuating it was jealous of the nation’s “rich resources, vast territory and smart and self-sufficient people”.
Asked about Patrushev’s remarks, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said NATO and the United States were part of the Ukraine conflict.
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev is regarded by diplomats as one of the major hardline influences on Putin, who has promised victory in Ukraine despite a series of battlefield setbacks.
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