During a conference in Moscow on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of prolonging the Russia-Ukraine war by providing Russia’s target with arms, whilst condemning their latest actions related to China and Taiwan.

As he went about the opening speech of a conference in Moscow regarding international security, Putin found himself venting more about what he believes is the United States’ unfair role in prolonging the Russia-Ukraine war in an effort to maintain the country’s hegemony with other states, according to CNBC.

“The situation in Ukraine shows that the U.S. is trying to prolong this conflict,” he said.

Putin and Russia’s army had attempted to invade Ukraine in February of this year, expecting to topple the government in Kyiv quickly. Russia found resistance from its citizens, however, and they have been locked in a drawn-out war with Ukraine, who has the United States and the European Union backing them in the conflict, al-Jazeera reported.

Economic sanctions were put on Putin and Russia by the West because of its attempted invasion of Ukraine, and its invasion has also prompted Sweden and Finland to join the NATO alliance, much to Russia’s anger. The United States has also provided US$50 billion worth of arms to Ukraine to help fight Russian forces.

Putin also expressed anger in his speech regarding the recent trip of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, as well as the other NATO-like alliances that the United States is forming with countries in Asia and Australia.

“We also see that the collective West is seeking to extend its bloc system to the Asia-Pacific region similarly to NATO in Europe. For this purpose, bellicose military-political alliances are being formed, such as AUKUS and the others,” he said.

“The American adventure in Taiwan wasn’t just a trip by an irresponsible politician. It was part of a deliberate and conscious U.S. strategy intended to destabilize the situation and create chaos in the region and the entire world, a blatant demonstration of disrespect for another country’s sovereignty and its own international obligations,” Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed frustration at the United States on Tuesday as he bemoaned their continued supply of weapons to Ukraine prolonging the Russia-Ukraine war. Contributor/Getty Images.

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