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Putin’s recent speech..


Don’t know if anyone who drops in here has read Vladimir Putin’s recent speech, but after hearing it discussed on a program which aired on PBS this evening, I decided to read it. 

You might find this section of his speech interesting. 

Colleagues,

Like a mirror, the situation in Ukraine reflects what is going on and what has been happening in the world over the past several decades. After the dissolution of bipolarity on the planet, we no longer have stability. Key international institutions are not getting any stronger; on the contrary, in many cases, they are sadly degrading. Our western partners, led by the United States of America, prefer not to be guided by international law in their practical policies, but by the rule of the gun. They have come to believe in their exclusivity and exceptionalism, that they can decide the destinies of the world, that only they can ever be right. They act as they please: here and there, they use force against sovereign states, building coalitions based on the principle “If you are not with us, you are against us.” To make this aggression look legitimate, they force the necessary resolutions from international organisations, and if for some reason this does not work, they simply ignore the UN Security Council and the UN overall.

This happened in Yugoslavia; we remember 1999 very well. It was hard to believe, even seeing it with my own eyes, that at the end of the 20th century, one of Europe’s capitals, Belgrade, was under missile attack for several weeks, and then came the real intervention. Was there a UN Security Council resolution on this matter, allowing for these actions? Nothing of the sort. And then, they hit Afghanistan, Iraq, and frankly violated the UN Security Council resolution on Libya, when instead of imposing the so-called no-fly zone over it they started bombing it too.

There was a whole series of controlled “color” revolutions. Clearly, the people in those nations, where these events took place, were sick of tyranny and poverty, of their lack of prospects; but these feelings were taken advantage of cynically. Standards were imposed on these nations that did not in any way correspond to their way of life, traditions, or these peoples’ cultures. As a result, instead of democracy and freedom, there was chaos, outbreaks in violence and a series of upheavals. The Arab Spring turned into the Arab Winter.

A similar situation unfolded in Ukraine. In 2004, to push the necessary candidate through at the presidential elections, they thought up some sort of third round that was not stipulated by the law. It was absurd and a mockery of the constitution. And now, they have thrown in an organised and well-equipped army of militants.

We understand what is happening; we understand that these actions were aimed against Ukraine and Russia and against Eurasian integration. And all this while Russia strived to engage in dialogue with our colleagues in the West. We are constantly proposing cooperation on all key issues; we want to strengthen our level of trust and for our relations to be equal, open and fair. But we saw no reciprocal steps.

On the contrary, they have lied to us many times, made decisions behind our backs, placed us before an accomplished fact. This happened with NATO’s expansion to the East, as well as the deployment of military infrastructure at our borders. They kept telling us the same thing: “Well, this does not concern you.” That’s easy to say.

It happened with the deployment of a missile defense system. In spite of all our apprehensions, the project is working and moving forward. It happened with the endless foot-dragging in the talks on visa issues, promises of fair competition and free access to global markets.

Today, we are being threatened with sanctions, but we already experience many limitations, ones that are quite significant for us, our economy and our nation. For example, still during the times of the Cold War, the US and subsequently other nations restricted a large list of technologies and equipment from being sold to the USSR, creating the Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls list. Today, they have formally been eliminated, but only formally; and in reality, many limitations are still in effect.

In short, we have every reason to assume that the infamous policy of containment, led in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, continues today. They are constantly trying to sweep us into a corner because we have an independent position, because we maintain it and because we call things like they are and do not engage in hypocrisy. But there is a limit to everything. And with Ukraine, our western partners have crossed the line, playing the bear and acting irresponsibly and unprofessionally….

Russian president gave his reasons for the annexation of a region of Ukraine – March 18, 2014, The Kremlin, Moscow

16 comments on “Putin’s recent speech..

  1. Reblogged this on The Diary of a Slave.

  2. Wow! Who wants to move to Russia? I would have never thought that I would look at this country and smile. Good on Putin.

    • When i read his comments about America (and the iraqi afghan wars) my first thought was ‘our chickens have come home to roost’. We have no defense to what Putin accuses us of, for he is right.

    • Yeah, he is totally right. But it sure is strange to hear these reforms and truths coming out of “Mother Russia”. My how times have changed.

    • Amen, times have certainly changed.

      I think he only voiced what many, in other nations, have been thinking for a long-time.

      Our western partners, led by the United States of America, prefer not to be guided by international law in their practical policies, but by the rule of the gun. They have come to believe in their exclusivity and exceptionalism, that they can decide the destinies of the world, that only they can ever be right. They act as they please: here and there, they use force against sovereign states, building coalitions based on the principle “If you are not with us, you are against us.”

      I’ve been saying for years that this idea of “America’s exceptionalism” which has led leaders of this nation to wrongly believe we do (and rightfully should) ‘rule the world’, would be America’s eventual downfall. Pride does come before a fall.

    • Well it’s like the bully who’s had it easy for a number of years with no one to challenge him. Without being challenged and pushed, he will get soft. The USA has gotten soft and has relied on it’s reputation and military and now with allowing homosexuals to run things, and persecuting Christians, the dam has developed many leaks. Eventually all it will take is a shove by someone and the States will fall.

      History proves this out.

      I personally have always liked Russia/USSR for their power and discipline. Their communism and humanistic ways were destorying them from the inside out and now they seem to be on the right track. One wonders what it would be like to live there…

    • I don’t see the US as becoming soft, only changing it’s policy of allowing the world to depend upon us to police the world. Obama ran on this platform in 08 and enough people agreed with him to get him elected.

      Over the years (since WW2) America took on a role which i for one, have always felt was wrong, dangerously wrong. That was always depending (only) upon military strength & threats, in order to control world events. It resulted in many of the nations of the world hating us…looking at us as a bully. Our unprovoked invasion of Iraq was the icing on the cake Master’s Slave.

      Franky i don’t want to see this nation go back to that status: one of being looked upon as the “imperialistic” new “Roman empire”. We know from history how that ended. (see: 8 striking parallels between the U.S. and the Roman Empire)

  3. I’ve been thinking about this as it pertains to the current situation. The Ukraine had a democratically elected government. The nation was divided politically. Some wanted closer ties to the EU and some wanted closer ties to Russia. Deals were offered by both parties and the Ukraine president decided to accept Putin’s deal. Next thing you know there are riots in the streets and calls for the removal of the president. We don’t really know who all was behind the unrest but the US is suddenly on the side of the rioters and anarchists. Since when did the US become the champion of street gangs and rebels calling for the overthrow of a democratically elected government? Why are we reflexively backing another group of rebels? In the middle east our excuse was supposedly tyrannical leaders like Ghadafi and Mubarek. Here we have a stable democratic government and we’re calling for regime change.

    I wonder what the war hawks will say when the Occupy Wall Street types begin to riot in the streets for the overthrow of our own government. If we don’t reign in the perpetual war party we will eventually reap what we have sown.

    • Since when did the US become the champion of street gangs and rebels calling for the overthrow of a democratically elected government?

      Steve, you guys are a lot smarter then i am about world affairs, etc. but it’s seemed to me the US has been doing such things for decades. I base this on articles i’ve read, reports, and a few interesting books on US polices and actions (taken) which the common every day US citizen is not aware of.

      This entire idea of pushing our way of governing upon other nations and people, has failed.

    • None of it really makes a whole lot of sense, UNLESS one looks at the business climate in the country in question. The US NEVER promotes revolution in any country where there is a stable business environment for multinational corporations. But in countries where multinational businesses face what the US sees as heavy regulation or restrictions, everything is on the table. Look at countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. They are hardly models of democracy, but the US coddles them. In Saudi Arabia, its all about oil. With Pakistan its a bit more complicated but even the fact they were sheltering bin Ladin wasn’t enough to seriously endanger their chummy relationship with the US in the long term. But any country that dares to defy large multinational business interests, no matter how democratic is instantly at risk in terms of its relationship with the US. And when a country has a bad relationship with the US, bad things happen to its government.

      At heart, I am a very conservative person who believes in capitalism and free enterprise marketplace. But the extremes to which these concepts have been taken and the amount of money behind them totally freaks me out at times. We have come to the point that socialism in the most minute amounts is the devil and the worst of capitalist corruption is, at most, a minor inconvenience. And a whole lot of the US population has accepted this frame of thinking hook, line and sinker. At this point I’m really not sure which side in our totally fragmented political system scares me the most. Of course, in the long term, my hope is rooted in Christ and not in the institutions of this world. But I do think there are really dangerous (and evil) forces at work (wolves in sheep’s clothing, if you will), forces that I don’t want to be in any way associated with. It just surprises me how many fellow Christians are swallowing this stuff unquestioned.

  4. I thank God for Russia and even for China at times because I really can’t imagine the evil the USA would be engaging in if it were not for the fact that God Himself has placed limits in the form of countries that are a thorn in the side of those who would dominate and control the whole world. Germany and Japan attempted that once before and failed, but the strategy employed by Americans is much more subtle and concealed. Unlike the Axis powers who were after overt domination whenever possible, the US prefers to always employ quasi democratic puppet governments that remain safely under the control of multinational corporate powerhouses in a worldwide capitalist Utopia. And, unfortunately, this is sort of scenario that much of the electorate could be very satisfied with. As long as corporate power is slightly restrained domestically, all too many Americans would be unconcerned what terrors might be unleashed on the rest of the world in the name of American security. And without the opposition of somewhat responsible countries like Russia, that evil would be unrestrained. Fortunately, much of the rest of the world is acutely aware of this danger and is therefore blocking its advance as best they can. In the mean time the USA is repeatedly rewarding its enemies and destroying its friends. God help us!

    Example: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/31/enforcement-crisis-documents-show-68000-criminal-aliens-released-last-year/

    I can easily believe from individual cases I have seen go by that many of these individuals are felons. In my opinion, illegal aliens should be performing as model citizens if they really want to remain in our country. What other country would tolerate such a thing?

    Example: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/25/world/asia/afghans-visas-us.html?smid=fb-share&_r=2

    Those heroic guys are fought alongside our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are being abandoned to the wolves in a typical American syndrome of using and abusing our friends in foreign lands. Its shameful!

    • I thank God for Russia and even for China at times because I really can’t imagine the evil the USA would be engaging in if it were not for the fact that God Himself has placed limits in the form of countries that are a thorn in the side of those who would dominate and control the whole world.

      George, i admit to never seeing it like this but after reading it, i can sure see your point–and agree.

      Interesting points George and a very over-all thought-provoking comment.

  5. Keep in mind, this is the same Putin who butchered Georgians in (2008?) under the pretext of defending Russians in SO. They sent Spetznas troops in advance, had their army in waiting conducting “drills” along the border, and had their agents shoot rockets into Georgia hoping to provoke a military response… which it did. I remember seeing photos of Georgians chopped to pieces from helicopter fire. And it’s not just the Georgians. If it’s not them getting killed, it’s Chechens, and if it’s not Chechen’s, it’s citizens of Russia, journalists, dissidents, whatever, who find themselves getting beaten to death on Subways or on their front door, or being thrown out of windows, or else poisoned or shot.

    This is also the same Russia where homosexual rape in the military is the norm, and protected by the Russian regime; and the same Russia where the election was entirely stolen, and where political figures who aren’t Putin are always getting charged for one thing or another, and where, little by little, more and more important offices once subject to the vote, are now simply filled by appointment.

    There is a lot of disinformation from the Russian side and from media outlets on this matter. The fact is, the former “leader” had campaigned on the exact opposite of what he ended up doing, and had robbed billions from the Ukrainian people. He was very much in bed with Russian organized crime (but who isn’t over there?) and with massive, massive corruption. I am aware of the Pro-Democracy groups that operate and are supported by the U.S., and I am totally with them. Though it is fantasy to imagine that we are somehow the Illuminati controlling everything. A group like Democracy Now! might get a grant of 20,000 from us, whereas actual Russian spies rake in a lot more than that. And on the former side, Democracy Now! is opposed to totalitarianism and are in favor of free elections. You can’t really say the same thing for the Russians who have Neo-Nazis like Aleksandr Dugin providing political advice to Putin.

    • I don’t believe this ‘tiger’s changed his stripes’ either. But he’s sure spending a lot of time and energy trying to convince the world he has.

      The only thing about his speech is, many of the things he said concerning America’s behavior, is true.

      Hope you’re doing well Ricardo! Studying hard?

    • Sorry for the delay in the response. Yes, sweet sister, I am doing quite well! And, unfortunately, I am quite busy too😦. I sent you a note, by the way, in the prayer section, though I imagine it may be buried in your emails perhaps. Sent it probably the same night or day that I commented on this thread. Anything to do with Russia tends to jump out at me!

    • Ricardo, i didn’t receive it, if it’s been in the last couple weeks. But will be praying for you little brother.

      Yes! i usually think of you when posting concerning Russia because of your interest.🙂

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