The West unleashed a hybrid war against Russia, and a special military operation in Ukraine is used only as a pretext for an anti-Russian campaign, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev believes at the 17th meeting of the secretaries of state security councils— members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
“The special military operation launched by our country in Ukraine is used only as a pretext for launching an unprecedented global anti-Russian campaign”,— said Patrushev (TASS quote).
According to Patrushev, Moscow's proposals “to form long-term legally binding security guarantees were rejected.” “Instead of searching for mutually acceptable ways to dialogue, attempts are being made to isolate Russia in the international arena, illegitimate sanctions are being introduced,” — said the Secretary of the Security Council.
Earlier, Patrushev called the military operation forced. He argued that “the spread of neo-Nazism in Ukraine, the functioning on its territory of biological laboratories involved in the US military biological program, as well as the plans announced by the Kyiv authorities to create nuclear weapons and join NATO” created threats to the security of not only Russia, but the whole world.
At the same time, the Security Council Secretary called the neutral status of Ukraine, “denazification”, as well as the prevention of “genocide” as the goal of the special operation. residents of Donbass.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation on February 24th. After that, Western countries imposed sanctions against Russian individuals and legal entities. The sanctions list includes, among others, Vladimir Putin and Nikolai Patrushev. Industrial sanctions affected Russian energy resources, as well as export restrictions in the field of technology and defense.