Putin Declares End to Unipolar International Order

Efforts to create a unipolar international world order have failed, a fact obvious to everyone, even those still trying to dictate the terms of global politics, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his keynote speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Friday.

"The world really is changing rapidly," Interfax quoted Putin as saying. "We see enormous geopolitical, technological and structural changes," he continues, adding that the 2008 global economic crisis showed the deep systemic crisis faced by a global development model based on uniformity and dominance.

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