Vladimir Putin makes all-out attack on West, cites 'plundering of India'

Hitting out at the US, he said that it is the only country in the world that has twice used nuclear weapons, destroying Japan's Hiroshima and Nagasaki cities, and setting a precedent.

Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday fulminated against the West's record, singling out the US use of nuclear weapons in the closing days of the Second World War, and then western nations' centuries of "colonialism", "slave trading" and the "plundering of India".

In his speech after signing treaties on the inclusion of four former Ukrainian regions into the Russian Federation - the start of the formal process of their accession - after the Russian-conducted referendums, he asserted that Russia is ready for talks with Ukraine, but "will defend our land with all the powers and means at our disposal".