SOCHI, October 21. /TASS/. Mankind has still failed to find a new balance of forces that it started to look for after the end of the Cold War, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a session of the Valdai International Discussion Club on Thursday.
"Humankind entered a new period more than three decades ago when basic conditions were created for the end of military-political and ideological confrontation," the Russian leader pointed out.
"At that time, a search began for a new balance and stable relations in the social, political, economic, cultural and military spheres as a support for the global system and the search was for that support. It has to be admitted that the efforts to find it have failed so far," Putin said.
"The entire international community has not yet adapted itself to changeable and unpredictable current developments," the head of state pointed out.
"Meanwhile, those who felt themselves the victors after the end of the Cold War … although it seemed to them that they had climbed Olympus, they soon realized that they were now losing ground themselves on this top spot. And no one can stop this moment, no matter how beautiful it may seem," the president added.
The transformations ongoing in the world "are of a different scope than those that happened in the history of mankind on many occasions," Putin said.
"This is not simply a shift in the balance of forces or a scientific and technological breakthrough, although both processes are certainly taking place as well. Today we have been confronted with simultaneous systemic changes in all the directions: from the complicating geophysical state of our planet to increasingly paradoxical interpretations of what a human is and what the essence of a human existence is," the Russian president said.