Russian President Vladimir Putin said the US has no plans to humiliate Russia, but instead wants to subdue it.
The Russian leader said that history was not about to change, and that no one would manage to suppress the country, RT reported.
“Throughout history no one has ever managed to do so toward Russia – and no one ever will,” Putin said, speaking at a forum of the All-Russia Peoples’ Front in Moscow on Tuesday.
Responding to a question about whether America was trying to humiliate Russia, Putin disagreed, saying that the US wanted “to solve their problems at our expense.”
Tensions between Russia and the West heightened after Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula of Crimea joined the Russian Federation following a referendum in March.
Relations were strained further after Ukraine launched military operations in mid-April to silence pro-Russia protests in the country’s mainly Russian-speaking regions in eastern Ukraine.