Russia’s statehood was threatened before Moscow war, says security chief

Russia’s statehood was threatened before Moscow war, says security chief

Prior to Moscow s military operation, the very statehood of Russia was threatened, a security chief insists.

The secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, claimed on Tuesday that Ukraine was being used as a pretext for an undeclared war against Moscow and put Russia in a position in which it had to protect its very statehood.

At a meeting of the Security Council's scientific advisory board, Patrushev said that the current unprecedented geopolitical crisis was caused by the Western-led destruction of the global security architecture and international legal system. He said that instead of engaging in constructive dialogue with Moscow, the US and its allies conducted a military-political expansion toward Russia, built up support for the Ukrainian government and pushed Kiev to carry out a large-scale violent action in eastern Ukraine. The West has been trying to create conditions for the establishment of a Western-controlled regime in Russia, as it has been tested on Ukraine and a number of other states, according to Patrushev. He said Moscow had to take preventive measures because the threats to national security reached a level that threatened the very statehood of Russia and its existence, and that the military operation in Ukraine prevented this. Patrushev argued that Ukraine has become a pretext for war against Russia because of the current sanctions and global anti-Russian campaign launched by the Americans and their satellites. He claimed that the aggression against Moscow has an ideological dimension.

The situation around Russia's special military operation in Ukraine shows that the neoliberal ideology of the collective West is transforming before our eyes into the ideology of neoliberal fascism, aimed at the eradication of the Russian world. Patrushev echoed the statements of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who said earlier on Tuesday that the expression unfriendly states in relation to the West is not entirely accurate. He said they are hostile states because what they do is war.

In late February, Russia attacked the neighboring state after Ukraine failed to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French Minsk Protocol was designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to retake the two republics by force.

Russia is the most sanctioned country in the world, surpassing Iran and North Korea in less than three months.