Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unexpected address at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) virtual meeting late last month.
During the speech, Putin warned that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated preexisting global problems and imbalances, and that these could deteriorate to a point where there is a fight of “all against all,” reports CNBC.
“The coronavirus pandemic has become a major challenge to mankind, and it has accelerated structural changes, the preconditions for which were already in place,” the Russian president stated. “We have every reason to believe that the tensions might be aggravated even further.”
Citing various experts who have compared the current state of global affairs to the 1920s and 30s, Putin said the ongoing crisis has increased both right and left-wing radicalism, populism, violent political processes and social stratification.
“All of this cannot but impact international relations, making them less stable and predictable.
“In the 20th century, the failure and inability to centrally resolve such issues resulted in the catastrophic World War II. Of course, nowadays such a heated conflict is not possible, I hope that it’s not possible in principle, because it would mean the end of our civilization. But I would like to reiterate, that the situation might develop unpredictably and uncontrollably if we will sit on our hands doing nothing to avoid it. And there is a possibility that we may experience an actual collapse of global development that might result in a fight of all against all.”
Watch Putin’s full WEF address below:
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