President of Russia Vladimir Putin took part in the 19th Annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club. The plenary session was held by Valdai Club Research Director Fyodor Lukyanov.

The meeting was attended by 111 experts, politicians, diplomats, and economists from 41 countries, including Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the United States, Uzbekistan, and others.

Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia, Dr.  Dayan Jayathilaka presented a question directly to Putin. Dr. Dayan  Jayathilaka has always argued that Putin’s act of advancing into Ukraine is justified.

In a recent newspaper article, he said  “,

the map does not show Russia moving towards the West but a hostile military alliance NATO moving t/wards Russia, even in periods where Russia had a policy and leaders soft on the West. Putin’s latest move is tactically offensive but strategically defensive. It is not the initiation of a process but a response to it. Putin didn’t start it. He means to contain it.”

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