Russian President Vladimir Putin ruled out any chances of using nuclear weapons in Ukraine on Thursday. However, he said, the fight is against the West's aspirations to gain global dominance, which are bound to fail.
At a conference of international foreign policy experts, Putin said that using nuclear weapons against Ukraine is foolish. "We don't see the point, it serves no purpose, neither political nor military,” he added.
Putin accused the US and its allies of seeking to dictate their terms to other nations in a "dangerous, brutal and ugly" game to dominate.
He contended that the world has reached a tipping point where "the West is no longer able to impose its will to people but continues to try and the majority of nations are no longer willing to tolerate it."
"Humanity today faces a choice, create a load of problems that will inevitably kill us all, or strive to discover answers that may not be ideal but work and could make the world more stable and secure," Putin said.
He also said that Russia is not an adversary of the West but will continue to reject the Western neoliberal elites, accusing them of attempting to subjugate Russia. Their goal is to make Russia more vulnerable and transform it into a tool for carrying out their geopolitical responsibilities, they have failed and will never succeed.
Putin said he thinks all the time about the casualties that Russia has suffered in Ukraine, but insisted that NATO's refusal to rule out prospective Ukraine membership and Kyiv's refusal to adhere to a peace deal for the country's separatist conflict in the east have left Moscow with no other option.
He denied underestimating Ukraine's fighting ability and asserted that his "special military operation" went as planned. However, he acknowledged the difficulties caused by Western sanctions but claimed that Russia has become more resilient to external pressure and more united.