It is very easy to demonise Putin and, indeed, much of what he says & does is worthy of demonisation.
However one bit of what he said yesterday I mostly agree with:
“Our western partners ….. have come to believe in their exclusivity and exceptionalism, that they can decide the destinies of the world, that only they can ever be right. They act as they please: here and there, they use force against sovereign states, building coalitions based on the principle “If you are not with us, you are against us.”
We ignore this bit of Putin’s speech at our own peril. Too great a part of our foreign policy is imperialism, dressed up in 21st century clothing. The West should not then be surprised if their pursuit of particular interests invites actions of other Powers in pursuit of their own.
The full text of Putin’s speech, is worth reading. It can be found here
* Heart Of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)