Blinken announced Putin’s desire to regain influence over the countries of the former USSR

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to restore spheres of influence over the countries of the former Soviet Union. This option is unacceptable and leads to conflicts, he said in an interview with CNN.

“I think this is one of the goals of President Putin, and it is to restore a sphere of influence over countries that were previously part of the Soviet Union,” Blinken said.

The return to the world of spheres of influence is unacceptable, said the US Secretary of State. “We cannot return to the world of spheres of influence. It was a recipe for instability, a recipe for conflict, a recipe that led to world wars, ”Blinken said.

In December, US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland raised concerns that Putin was planning to recreate the Soviet Union.

“There are fears that he is trying to recreate the Soviet Union as a project of his legacy, and then who knows if his appetite will be satisfied with what he has eaten or will he decide to go further?” – said Nuland (quoted by RIA Novosti).

She warned Russia against the implementation of her alleged plans to invade Ukraine and noted that the war would be extremely difficult and bloody for both countries.

Reconstruction of the USSR in modern conditions is impossible, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded to Nuland’s statement, TASS reported. According to him, the Deputy Secretary of State knows that integration processes with different rates of development have long appeared in the space of the former USSR. Among them are the Commonwealth of Independent States, the EAEU and the Union State of Russia and Belarus.

Putin previously called the creation of the CIS on December 8, 1991, a justified step. According to him, the connections that have survived since the times of the USSR have played a positive role in the work in many areas.

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