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The official ideology of ruling Western elites today is aimed not only against Russian people, but against all the peoples of Russia, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday during a plenary session of the international Russian People's Council.

"The West does not need such a big and multinational country like Russia," the president said, adding that Russia's diversity and unity "simply doesn't fit in with the logic of Western racists and colonizers."

That's why, according to Putin, the West has started playing "the old tune" of calling Russia a "prison of nations," describing the Russian people as "slaves" and even going as far as to call for the "decolonization" of Russia.

"We've heard this all before," he said, adding that what the opponents of Russia really want is to dismember and plunder the country, if not by force, then by sowing discord within its borders.

Putin went on to warn that any outside interference or provocations aimed at causing ethnic or religious conflicts in the country would be regarded as an "aggressive act" and an attempt to once again use terrorism and extremism as a tool to fight Russia.

"We will react accordingly," he declared.

The president stressed that Russia's current fight for sovereignty and justice is "without exaggeration" of a "national liberation nature" because it a fight for the security and the wellbeing of its citizens.

Putin also noted that the Russian people, as they have already done in the past, have once again become a roadblock for those who are striving for global domination and are trying to push forward their "exceptionalism."

"We are fighting today not only for the freedom of Russia, but for the freedom of the whole world," the president said, stating that Moscow is now "at the forefront of creating a more equitable world order" and that "without a sovereign, strong Russia, no lasting, stable world order is possible."