Moscow, November 1, Interfax - Attempts by certain states to create "featureless protectorates" in the post-Soviet space must be thwarted, President Vladimir Putin said.
"We are witnessing attempts to reconfigure the world, to destroy civilizational values and a cultural and historical space built over centuries. The goal is to create various sorts of featureless protectorates. It is easier and more convenient to govern disconnected people deprived of national memory and downgraded to the level of vassals; they can be used as a bargaining chip in the attainment of one's interests," President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the World Russian People's Council in Moscow on Thursday.
"Unfortunately, we have encountered such practices in many parts of the globe, including in the post-Soviet space," Putin said.
"They are using ignorant nationalism and Russophobia and are rudely interfering with the life of the Church," he said.
"This kind of policy is dangerous and fraught with serious consequences. But I am sure that life will sort things out: you cannot force people to act against their faith, traditions, and family, not to mention law, justice, and common sense itself," Putin said.