As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, Putin said this delivering speech to the State Duma today.
"The main lesson of the most recent war is well known: it (the war) could have been prevented. The Nazis and their allies had to be timely and resolutely curbed, but it did not happen. The direct proposals of the Soviet Union - our country - on joint efforts, on collective defense were either given outright refusals or were just outtalked," Putin said indignantly.
"The leaders of certain Western countries gave preference to the policy of deterrence of the Soviet Union, strived to bring it to the international isolation. However, the actual terrible global threat was posed by Nazis then. This threat was underestimated, omitted. They were reluctant to recognize that the criminal regime was emerging and getting stronger in enlightened Europe," he stressed.
"What other lesson is needed in order to unite for the sake of struggle against international terrorism today, rejecting the outdated ideological differences and geopolitical games?" the Russian president wondered.
"We witness the rapid growth of the risk of this common threat proliferation. It is necessary to create a modern, non-aligned collective security system, equal for all states. Russia is open to discuss this important issue and has repeatedly declared its readiness for dialogue. But we do not see a positive reaction again so far, as it was before the World War II. On the contrary, NATO escalates its aggressive rhetoric and its aggressive actions right at our borders. In these conditions, we must pay special attention to the issues of enhancing the defense capability of our country," Putin emphasized.
As known, Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in March 2014, following deployment of its troops and started destabilizing the situation in the Donbas. The Russian Federation supplies "DPR" and "LPR" terrorists with weapons and deploys mercenaries and its regular troops in the Donbas. Hostilities have been underway in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions since mid-April 2014.
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