U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that one of the goals of Russian President Vladimir Putin is to restore the order in the world that existed under the Soviet Union. He stated this in an interview with CNN.
"I think this is one of the goals of President Putin. And this means restoring a sphere of influence over countries that were previously part of the Soviet Union," Blinken said, answering a question about Moscow's desire to restore the world order that existed during the Soviet Union.
Blinken stressed that this is unacceptable for the United States.
Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia continues to gradually build up its forces near the borders of Ukraine. At the same time, Stoltenberg criticized the point of view that Ukraine could be a threat to Russia.