President of Russia Vladimir Putin:
Citizens of Russia, friends,
I consider it necessary today to speak again about the tragic events in Donbass and the key aspects of ensuring the security of Russia.
I will begin with what I said in my address on February 21, 2022. I spoke about our biggest concerns and worries, and about the fundamental threats which irresponsible Western politicians created for Russia consistently, rudely and unceremoniously from year to year. I am referring to the eastward expansion of NATO, which is moving its military infrastructure ever closer to the Russian border.
It is a fact that over the past 30 years we have been patiently trying to come to an agreement with the leading NATO countries regarding the principles of equal and indivisible security in Europe. In response to our proposals, we invariably faced either cynical deception and lies or attempts at pressure and blackmail, while the North Atlantic alliance continued to expand despite our protests and concerns. Its military machine is moving and, as I said, is approaching our very border.
Why is this happening? Where did this insolent manner of talking down from the height of their exceptionalism, infallibility and all-permissiveness come from? What is the explanation for this contemptuous and disdainful attitude to our interests and absolutely legitimate demands?
The answer is simple. Everything is clear and obvious. In the late 1980s, the Soviet Union grew weaker and subsequently broke apart. That experience should serve as a good lesson for us, because it has shown us that the paralysis of power and will is the first step towards complete degradation and oblivion. We lost confidence for only one moment, but it was enough to disrupt the balance of forces in the world.
As a result, the old treaties and agreements are no longer effective. Entreaties and requests do not help. Anything that does not suit the dominant state, the powers that be, is denounced as archaic, obsolete and useless. At the same time, everything it regards as useful is presented as the ultimate truth and forced on others regardless of the cost, abusively and by any means available. Those who refuse to comply are subjected to strong-arm tactics.
What I am saying now does not concerns only Russia, and Russia is not the only country that is worried about this. This has to do with the entire system of international relations, and sometimes even US allies. The collapse of the Soviet Union led to a redivision of the world, and the norms of international law that developed by that time – and the most important of them, the fundamental norms that were adopted following WWII and largely formalised its outcome – came in the way of those who declared themselves the winners of the Cold War.
Of course, practice, international relations and the rules regulating them had to take into account the changes that took place in the world and in the balance of forces. However, this should have been done professionally, smoothly, patiently, and with due regard and respect for the interests of all states and one’s own responsibility. Instead, we saw a state of euphoria created by the feeling of absolute superiority, a kind of modern absolutism, coupled with the low cultural standards and arrogance of those who formulated and pushed through decisions that suited only themselves. The situation took a different turn.
There are many examples of this. First a bloody military operation was waged against Belgrade, without the UN Security Council’s sanction but with combat aircraft and missiles used in the heart of Europe. The bombing of peaceful cities and vital infrastructure went on for several weeks. I have to recall these facts, because some Western colleagues prefer to forget them, and when we mentioned the event, they prefer to avoid speaking about international law, instead emphasising the circumstances which they interpret as they think necessary.
Then came the turn of Iraq, Libya and Syria. The illegal use of military power against Libya and the distortion of all the UN Security Council decisions on Libya ruined the state, created a huge seat of international terrorism, and pushed the country towards a humanitarian catastrophe, into the vortex of a civil war, which has continued there for years. The tragedy, which was created for hundreds of thousands and even millions of people not only in Libya but in the whole region, has led to a large-scale exodus from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe.
A similar fate was also prepared for Syria. The combat operations conducted by the Western coalition in that country without the Syrian government’s approval or UN Security Council’s sanction can only be defined as aggression and intervention.
But the example that stands apart from the above events is, of course, the invasion of Iraq without any legal grounds. They used the pretext of allegedly reliable information available in the United States about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. To prove that allegation, the US Secretary of State held up a vial with white power, publicly, for the whole world to see, assuring the international community that it was a chemical warfare agent created in Iraq. It later turned out that all of that was a fake and a sham, and that Iraq did not have any chemical weapons. Incredible and shocking but true. We witnessed lies made at the highest state level and voiced from the high UN rostrum. As a result we see a tremendous loss in human life, damage, destruction, and a colossal upsurge of terrorism.
Overall, it appears that nearly everywhere, in many regions of the world where the United States brought its law and order, this created bloody, non-healing wounds and the curse of international terrorism and extremism. I have only mentioned the most glaring but far from only examples of disregard for international law.
This array includes promises not to expand NATO eastwards even by an inch. To reiterate: they have deceived us, or, to put it simply, they have played us. Sure, one often hears that politics is a dirty business. It could be, but it shouldn’t be as dirty as it is now, not to such an extent. This type of con-artist behaviour is contrary not only to the principles of international relations but also and above all to the generally accepted norms of morality and ethics. Where is justice and truth here? Just lies and hypocrisy all around.
Incidentally, US politicians, political scientists and journalists write and say that a veritable “empire of lies” has been created inside the United States in recent years. It is hard to disagree with this – it is really so. But one should not be modest about it: the United States is still a great country and a system-forming power. All its satellites not only humbly and obediently say yes to and parrot it at the slightest pretext but also imitate its behaviour and enthusiastically accept the rules it is offering them. Therefore, one can say with good reason and confidence that the whole so-called Western bloc formed by the United States in its own image and likeness is, in its entirety, the very same “empire of lies.”
As for our country, after the disintegration of the USSR, given the entire unprecedented openness of the new, modern Russia, its readiness to work honestly with the United States and other Western partners, and its practically unilateral disarmament, they immediately tried to put the final squeeze on us, finish us off, and utterly destroy us. This is how it was in the 1990s and the early 2000s, when the so-called collective West was actively supporting separatism and gangs of mercenaries in southern Russia. What victims, what losses we had to sustain and what trials we had to go through at that time before we broke the back of international terrorism in the Caucasus! We remember this and will never forget.
Properly speaking, the attempts to use us in their own interests never ceased until quite recently: they sought to destroy our traditional values and force on us their false values that would erode us, our people from within, the attitudes they have been aggressively imposing on their countries, attitudes that are directly leading to degradation and degeneration, because they are contrary to human nature. This is not going to happen. No one has ever succeeded in doing this, nor will they succeed now.
Despite all that, in December 2021, we made yet another attempt to reach agreement with the United States and its allies on the principles of European security and NATO’s non-expansion. Our efforts were in vain. The United States has not changed its position. It does not believe it necessary to agree with Russia on a matter that is critical for us. The United States is pursuing its own objectives, while neglecting our interests.
Of course, this situation begs a question: what next, what are we to expect? If history is any guide, we know that in 1940 and early 1941 the Soviet Union went to great lengths to prevent war or at least delay its outbreak. To this end, the USSR sought not to provoke the potential aggressor until the very end by refraining or postponing the most urgent and obvious preparations it had to make to defend itself from an imminent attack. When it finally acted, it was too late.
As a result, the country was not prepared to counter the invasion by Nazi Germany, which attacked our Motherland on June 22, 1941, without declaring war. The country stopped the enemy and went on to defeat it, but this came at a tremendous cost. The attempt to appease the aggressor ahead of the Great Patriotic War proved to be a mistake which came at a high cost for our people. In the first months after the hostilities broke out, we lost vast territories of strategic importance, as well as millions of lives. We will not make this mistake the second time. We have no right to do so.
Those who aspire to global dominance have publicly designated Russia as their enemy. They did so with impunity. Make no mistake, they had no reason to act this way. It is true that they have considerable financial, scientific, technological, and military capabilities. We are aware of this and have an objective view of the economic threats we have been hearing, just as our ability to counter this brash and never-ending blackmail. Let me reiterate that we have no illusions in this regard and are extremely realistic in our assessments.
As for military affairs, even after the dissolution of the USSR and losing a considerable part of its capabilities, today’s Russia remains one of the most powerful nuclear states. Moreover, it has a certain advantage in several cutting-edge weapons. In this context, there should be no doubt for anyone that any potential aggressor will face defeat and ominous consequences should it directly attack our country.
At the same time, technology, including in the defence sector, is changing rapidly. One day there is one leader, and tomorrow another, but a military presence in territories bordering on Russia, if we permit it to go ahead, will stay for decades to come or maybe forever, creating an ever mounting and totally unacceptable threat for Russia.
Even now, with NATO’s eastward expansion the situation for Russia has been becoming worse and more dangerous by the year. Moreover, these past days NATO leadership has been blunt in its statements that they need to accelerate and step up efforts to bring the alliance’s infrastructure closer to Russia’s borders. In other words, they have been toughening their position. We cannot stay idle and passively observe these developments. This would be an absolutely irresponsible thing to do for us.
Any further expansion of the North Atlantic alliance’s infrastructure or the ongoing efforts to gain a military foothold of the Ukrainian territory are unacceptable for us. Of course, the question is not about NATO itself. It merely serves as a tool of US foreign policy. The problem is that in territories adjacent to Russia, which I have to note is our historical land, a hostile “anti-Russia” is taking shape. Fully controlled from the outside, it is doing everything to attract NATO armed forces and obtain cutting-edge weapons.
For the United States and its allies, it is a policy of containing Russia, with obvious geopolitical dividends. For our country, it is a matter of life and death, a matter of our historical future as a nation. This is not an exaggeration; this is a fact. It is not only a very real threat to our interests but to the very existence of our state and to its sovereignty. It is the red line which we have spoken about on numerous occasions. They have crossed it.
This brings me to the situation in Donbass. We can see that the forces that staged the coup in Ukraine in 2014 have seized power, are keeping it with the help of ornamental election procedures and have abandoned the path of a peaceful conflict settlement. For eight years, for eight endless years we have been doing everything possible to settle the situation by peaceful political means. Everything was in vain.
As I said in my previous address, you cannot look without compassion at what is happening there. It became impossible to tolerate it. We had to stop that atrocity, that genocide of the millions of people who live there and who pinned their hopes on Russia, on all of us. It is their aspirations, the feelings and pain of these people that were the main motivating force behind our decision to recognise the independence of the Donbass people’s republics.
I would like to additionally emphasise the following. Focused on their own goals, the leading NATO countries are supporting the far-right nationalists and neo-Nazis in Ukraine, those who will never forgive the people of Crimea and Sevastopol for freely making a choice to reunite with Russia.
They will undoubtedly try to bring war to Crimea just as they have done in Donbass, to kill innocent people just as members of the punitive units of Ukrainian nationalists and Hitler’s accomplices did during the Great Patriotic War. They have also openly laid claim to several other Russian regions.
If we look at the sequence of events and the incoming reports, the showdown between Russia and these forces cannot be avoided. It is only a matter of time. They are getting ready and waiting for the right moment. Moreover, they went as far as aspire to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not let this happen.
I have already said that Russia accepted the new geopolitical reality after the dissolution of the USSR. We have been treating all new post-Soviet states with respect and will continue to act this way. We respect and will respect their sovereignty, as proven by the assistance we provided to Kazakhstan when it faced tragic events and a challenge in terms of its statehood and integrity. However, Russia cannot feel safe, develop, and exist while facing a permanent threat from the territory of today’s Ukraine.
Let me remind you that in 2000–2005 we used our military to push back against terrorists in the Caucasus and stood up for the integrity of our state. We preserved Russia. In 2014, we supported the people of Crimea and Sevastopol. In 2015, we used our Armed Forces to create a reliable shield that prevented terrorists from Syria from penetrating Russia. This was a matter of defending ourselves. We had no other choice.
The same is happening today. They did not leave us any other option for defending Russia and our people, other than the one we are forced to use today. In these circumstances, we have to take bold and immediate action. The people’s republics of Donbass have asked Russia for help.
In this context, in accordance with Article 51 (Chapter VII) of the UN Charter, with permission of Russia’s Federation Council, and in execution of the treaties of friendship and mutual assistance with the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic, ratified by the Federal Assembly on February 22, I made a decision to carry out a special military operation.
The purpose of this operation is to protect people who, for eight years now, have been facing humiliation and genocide perpetrated by the Kiev regime. To this end, we will seek to demilitarise and denazify Ukraine, as well as bring to trial those who perpetrated numerous bloody crimes against civilians, including against citizens of the Russian Federation.
It is not our plan to occupy the Ukrainian territory. We do not intend to impose anything on anyone by force. At the same time, we have been hearing an increasing number of statements coming from the West that there is no need any more to abide by the documents setting forth the outcomes of World War II, as signed by the totalitarian Soviet regime. How can we respond to that?
The outcomes of World War II and the sacrifices our people had to make to defeat Nazism are sacred. This does not contradict the high values of human rights and freedoms in the reality that emerged over the post-war decades. This does not mean that nations cannot enjoy the right to self-determination, which is enshrined in Article 1 of the UN Charter.
Let me remind you that the people living in territories which are part of today’s Ukraine were not asked how they want to build their lives when the USSR was created or after World War II. Freedom guides our policy, the freedom to choose independently our future and the future of our children. We believe that all the peoples living in today’s Ukraine, anyone who want to do this, must be able to enjoy this right to make a free choice.
In this context I would like to address the citizens of Ukraine. In 2014, Russia was obliged to protect the people of Crimea and Sevastopol from those who you yourself call “nats.” The people of Crimea and Sevastopol made their choice in favour of being with their historical homeland, Russia, and we supported their choice. As I said, we could not act otherwise.
The current events have nothing to do with a desire to infringe on the interests of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. They are connected with the defending Russia from those who have taken Ukraine hostage and are trying to use it against our country and our people.
I reiterate: we are acting to defend ourselves from the threats created for us and from a worse peril than what is happening now. I am asking you, however hard this may be, to understand this and to work together with us so as to turn this tragic page as soon as possible and to move forward together, without allowing anyone to interfere in our affairs and our relations but developing them independently, so as to create favourable conditions for overcoming all these problems and to strengthen us from within as a single whole, despite the existence of state borders. I believe in this, in our common future.
I would also like to address the military personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Your fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers did not fight the Nazi occupiers and did not defend our common Motherland to allow today’s neo-Nazis to seize power in Ukraine. You swore the oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian people and not to the junta, the people’s adversary which is plundering Ukraine and humiliating the Ukrainian people.
I urge you to refuse to carry out their criminal orders. I urge you to immediately lay down arms and go home. I will explain what this means: the military personnel of the Ukrainian army who do this will be able to freely leave the zone of hostilities and return to their families.
I want to emphasise again that all responsibility for the possible bloodshed will lie fully and wholly with the ruling Ukrainian regime.
I would now like to say something very important for those who may be tempted to interfere in these developments from the outside. No matter who tries to stand in our way or all the more so create threats for our country and our people, they must know that Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences will be such as you have never seen in your entire history. No matter how the events unfold, we are ready. All the necessary decisions in this regard have been taken. I hope that my words will be heard.
Citizens of Russia,
The culture and values, experience and traditions of our ancestors invariably provided a powerful underpinning for the wellbeing and the very existence of entire states and nations, their success and viability. Of course, this directly depends on the ability to quickly adapt to constant change, maintain social cohesion, and readiness to consolidate and summon all the available forces in order to move forward.
We always need to be strong, but this strength can take on different forms. The “empire of lies,” which I mentioned in the beginning of my speech, proceeds in its policy primarily from rough, direct force. This is when our saying on being “all brawn and no brains” applies.
We all know that having justice and truth on our side is what makes us truly strong. If this is the case, it would be hard to disagree with the fact that it is our strength and our readiness to fight that are the bedrock of independence and sovereignty and provide the necessary foundation for building a reliable future for your home, your family, and your Motherland.
I am certain that devoted soldiers and officers of Russia’s Armed Forces will perform their duty with professionalism and courage. I have no doubt that the government institutions at all levels and specialists will work effectively to guarantee the stability of our economy, financial system and social wellbeing, and the same applies to corporate executives and the entire business community. I hope that all parliamentary parties and civil society take a consolidated, patriotic position.
At the end of the day, the future of Russia is in the hands of its multi-ethnic people, as has always been the case in our history. This means that the decisions that I made will be executed, that we will achieve the goals we have set, and reliably guarantee the security of our Motherland.
I believe in your support and the invincible force rooted in the love for our Fatherland.
You could not have a more clear statement of the facts.
Compare this to Biden’s speech on-going now.
“Empire of Lies” is very angry. Their billions wasted, their nazis on the run, their project in ruins.
Putin beat them to the punch.
What to say. I love putin and I am from Italy. Thank you to all russian
i share your sentiments and I am from Iran.
Agreed Larch: It is truly masterful politics. Many thanks to Andrei and all here for this precious news. Pepe Escobar points me toward what I most admire about this. Putin is so well prepared, as a chess master and Judo master. Clearly he has mapped out his moves well in advance and is reading the energy of his opponent very skillfully. So he is making it take down time for the global “empire of lies” Here Putin has done so much more than simply detoxify Ukraine. His masterful political move includes a form of global psychological warfare. Russia’s calm expression of its own autonomous authority has punctured, and potentially destroyed the mirage of omnipotent authority, and exceptional invincibility so vital to the sustainment of the “Empire of Lies.” He has snapped the fear ridden master-slave narrative that exists between the crime network’s empire of lies and its captive peoples. And they cannot touch him, for whatever the empire tries to do to harm Russia causes even more harm to itself. What do we call Judo mastery in politics?
Putin cleans out the scum in Ukraine and the whole empire starts to crack open. Time to cherish.
Chess master indeed. Putin is only advancing a pawn , no need to use his pieces. In short order , the pawn will reach the back row and become a second Queen in Putins arsenal !!
Powerfull statement that sum up all my beliefs kept inside for years.
Putin is great man. A giant engraved into History.
Well said, Jack. Yes, Putin’s speech is perfect.
Finally someone who takes up the gauntlet thrown by the NATO Empire (i.e. the NAZI Empire – the Nazis merely changed uniform – aka the AngloZionist Empire, or also very apt; “the Empire of Lies”) at the rest of the world.
Besides, the Evil Empire left Russia no other choice. And who else than Russia to take on the same old Nazis?
Compliments to The Saker for amazingly accurate predicting, as well as reporting the whole thing. Very good.
Putin keeps talking about the role of the UN and the Security Council and how that must be strengthend. But the reaction of the Secretary General has shown that even he is not neutral. Is this a vain approach?
Awesome speech,Glory to Russia:
New update from Donbass:
What a moving speech by a REAL leader, not some idiot tool of Uncle $hmuel.
Да! здравствует ПУТИН
Lol. Very nice.
A very clear, forceful and important speech, as we expect from VVP. If only the West, in its histrionic reaction to the “Russian invasion” it has spent months enticing, would listen and learn, the world would be a better and more peaceful place.
Professor John Mearsheimer speaks of the historical agenda behind the U.S.-NATO eastward expansion that culminated in President Putin’s decision to unleash the Russian Armed Forces and set a new security directive for the Russian Federation going forward.
See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbj1AR_aAcE .
please give up on these losers! The academics are worse than the politicians. And we are talking about Mayor Daley’s and Obama’s Chicago too. Snake City. He is trying to shape narrative. Full stop. There are no good guys among them at this point. It is terminal phase of Empire..
With all due respect, Mearsheimer is a tool (pun intended) of the war-monger AZE. He was in Oz not too long ago, making mafia-like offers to Aussies to cut ties with Chinese businesses.. Absolutely shameless. The guy is yellow. You could see it a few years ago by how he sweated under the soft-ball questions of Karaganov at [Valdai?]. He tried to justify the unjustifiable.
These are flailings in trying to evade Nuremberg II which is in unofficial deliberations even I as I type! The guy is neck-deep in the conspiracies, among the “high intelligentsia” or should I say nomenklatura of AZE. All the new self-serving sweet singing in the world will not change this. We have YouTube clips downloaded and triple backed-up Baby!
I listened to Dr. Mearsheimer’s video I provided (did you?) and I found it to be historically accurate relative to the Russia’s security concerns in Eastern Europe.
I have no knowledge or interest in the other issues you mentioned. Perhaps you could provide URL links to the YouTube videos you have access to so I can review them.
I couldn’t listen to more than his introduction; he nauseates me at this point, like listening to CNN or other MSM. Here’s one of the clips:
But not to detract from this thread, I know my fellow academics when they are full of BS. I am a “Prof” too and titles do not impress me. And more relevantly, VVP’s making this speech and guiding his nation to a New New World Order and clean break (no pun intended) with the West, which is what these moves herald, he and Russians indicate they no longer buy such smooth BS either.. Nor do they need the justifications of an enemy. Did you know he is an implacable enemy of Russians? He spoke too openly in that conference clip above..
However, I sense you have yet to reconcile and make such an emotional break yourself, as per your prior comments, you still think the US political system is reformable and because Mearsheimer tells 85% of the Truth, he should be respected.. so we can agree to disagree. Our struggle against demonic Hegemony and for human dignity everywhere supersedes local affinity. Saker maintains, and he is correct Scripturally, we shouldn’t trust in any human, especially in these treacherous days.
Another President Putin speech that will go to the history books. This changes all and forever. Nothing is stronger than a simple truth! The empire of lies is now officially called it’s true name and that’s another entry for the history books.
The clearest, most concise and superior speech one could expect from one of the greatest leaders of all time. Thank you Mr. President.
“all brawn and no brains” Not too much brawn left in the U$ woke lgbtq military.
Thank you for posting this.
Having read it a couple of times, there is nothing i can disagree with, or add. VVP points out the hypocrisy of the west, (this really going to make them angry as they know it’s true).
Finally the morons that run my county in cohorts with their masters have pushed over the final red line. Why are they surprised that there has been a reaction…..
God help us if their arrogance makes them think that they can continue to ignore what is being said here and continue to push or intervene.
“No matter how the events unfold, we are ready. All the necessary decisions in this regard have been taken. I hope that my words will be heard.”
If they are it will be the decision makers in Washington, London, Brussels etc that will be in the crosshairs
A very important old piece and a must watch!!!
Without need to add anything to Putin, I will take liberty to shamelesly presume aftermath of “denazification”.
After dismantling CIA brainwasher in Kiev, and purge of Nazi terror squads, fair election can be organized in Ukraine. In the meantime captured shills will be given prime time to unravel all methods that were used to terrorize Ukraine for 8 years. Most of Ukrainians remember nothing but misery and false promises since fall of USSR. While oligarchs and Hunters ravaged their country.
With God’s help, after elections, Russians will be officially seen as liberators, not occupiers. Ukraine could have similar status as Belorusia.
“Russians will be officially seen as liberators”
Im not sure if that can be the case with all ukr, but at least some, and in particular tactical strategic regions of south and east.
One option would be some kind of partition, e.g. the banderistan west to one side of the line, the russian aligned south east to the other, and some kind of amnisty and truce to allow this conflict to fast heal.
after reading ze at last is willing to negociate neutrality, i could not help but think that progress of talks is much faster when talking directly to shoigu than lavrov.
methinks that shoigu is going to keep the meat on the tenderizer further. clearly russia has a plan on what to do and doesnt need ze’s or anyones approval to acomplish it. no point on handling back the meat to lavrov until its ready to cook gourmet style.
west plan seem to be propaganda, the personal demonization of putin, blaming him for what many expect to be a very hard landing on whatever scenario is required for the great reset wef crowd. if thats really the plan, unfortunately i must say it seems to also be progressing fast.
at first glance one would say that the diplomatic options are off the table. but otoh given the brinksmanship and high stakes of the game, a judo like maneuver allowing diplomacy back into the game wouldnt suprise me either.
in particular if it suited the fraternal interests of the russians, and the russian aligned ukranians.
that would allow a quick fix for the internal ukraina solution.
the external one is now such a mess that i dare not even try to contemplate!
Vladimir Putin has been very clear in his speeches about his intent about the Russian security and sovereignty. Also, he seems to have concluded well that he will have to use force to take on the Empire and has prepared Russia for this eventuality. This is the beginning of the challenge to the Empire. De-dollarize & demilitarize to dismantle the Dollar Empire.
Russians would do better by uniting and boycotting the goods of nations that put sanctions on Russia. No more buying iPhone, Mercedes, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, foreign banks,…
‘Overall, it appears that nearly everywhere, in many regions of the world where the United States brought its law and order, this created bloody, non-healing wounds….’
That is what is politely described as being ‘almost off the Richter scale’ in diplomatic insults….
Once again, like him or hate him, agree with him or disagree with him, you cannot but say that Putin has shown himself to be an extremely impressive President.
It’s a true shame that Western media has reduced itself to the levels it has now reached…..
I can’t read this speech anywhere on the MSM in the UK: so I come to a website run by one lone journalist who provides a service to anyone willing to learn about Slavic lands without being bludgeoned into believing what the Western MSM ram down your throats….
You know; I still remember President Putin stating that he was not the world’ policeman. Yet his actions, while in defence of Russia certainly produce the effect of adversely affecting the criminal governments of the Euro-Atlantic region. President Putin has taken the only actions left to him with a courage that is devoid of deceit.
I hope history recognises President Putin as a leader of great stature.
Putin achieved miracles in Syria with a small force of only 28 aircraft.
This operation will come to a successful conclusion in only a few days.
I won’t link here article from Kyiv Post, but they are spreading some fakes about whole Russian reconaissance platoon, which was captured near Kyiv. It saddens me, that Russia falls to responds immediately to those fake news making headlines in the Western press.
BTW. Good news is they can’t cut off Russia from SWIFT, because some countries in EU refuse to take such messure.
It’s called Unity. They stand united, one for all, all for one, except when it affects them.
Trade. Imports and exports. Russia is a market and it produces things they want and buys things they sell.
The US and Russia have very little trade except for oil and diesel of late, nickel and titanium, neon gas, and a few other items. It’s very easy on the US. But several EU countries see Russia as vital for trade.
With the enormous threat Putin has added to the situation, fear of retribution by Russia has the vassals rattled.
V.V. Putin’s speech today should go into history books: succinct, historically accurate, addressing all, the world, friends and enemies with due respect.
I also liked his and RF’s true motivations for actions that are currently happening and the likely ones to happen in the future (criminal courts for those who had committed atrocities) .
For the last 20+ years that I followed him closely, V.V. Putin never lied. At least I have never caught him. He may not have said the entire truth, a prerogative which any head of a state must exercise with full diligence, but lying he did not do. In many ways this already makes him unique among other statesman. (Perhaps, there are others, like Xi Jinping, but I don’t have sufficient info).
Coming from the family of old fashion physicians, I felt that he was talking today as one, stating that he has done a thorough examination of a patient and his environment and that a surgery is necessary step, asap, together with pathology lab-work and a workout for behavioral changes afterwords.
This medical analogy, I think, is more appropriate than the zoological one of an irritated bear
Best regards, Spiral
@ AndrewK on February 24, 2022 · at 3:14 pm EST/EDT
“…BTW. Good news is they can’t cut off Russia from SWIFT, because some countries in EU refuse to take such messure.”
That is called self-preservation, it is done out of self-interest, otherwise, how could the US continue to import oil from Russia, and pay for it, in the middle of a war?
Call it the ultimate hypocrisy, while they force the Germans to face an industrial crisis out in the cold, literally. Old bastard Europe (Trotsky) will soon look for a way to save face, and Russia is good to provide them with that, old fox Lavrov knows how to save idiots like la Truss, Bojo, Macron, la von der Leyen, la Baerbock, full time idiot Olaf “there-is-no-genocide-in-Donbass” Scholz, et al, from their own stupidity.
The war on Ukraine will be swift (no pun intended), patching up butthurt West will start soon after. Russia’s intentions were clearly defined, as per The Saker,
Official goals of the special military operations according to Putin:
1) disarm the Ukraine
2) denazify the Ukraine
3) punish all those who are guilty of warcrimes.
Shortly after Russia will show its magnanimity, as she is right now, saving the world from a nuclear cataclysm, nipping things in the bud. Eurostan will come to terms with Russia, like “petty Tabaquis” (Putin) they will line up at the Kremlin doors showing their credentials, “as you know, I voted against cutting you off from SWIFT.” “Really? Thank you, we are oh so grateful…sucker.”
Europe has not seen real statesmen for very long time; I can think that Putin is in the league with Gen. DeGaulle.
Clown is having trouble getting the EU to agree to the cutting off from Swift apparently
While the the Foreign Office will not rest until the Russian Economy is destroyed. Isn’t that an act of war destroying a countries economy? So once again rank hypocrisy.
The idea behind cutting off Swift? Russia will not be able to get paid for the oil & gas she exports, well that’s simple, you cut off the method of payment, we stop supplying the product and start selling it to countries that do want to and can pay for it, (even better as it will be with long term contracts and we will sell it in Rubles).
Great address by Putin.
Sets out the dishonest, piratical activities and agenda of the west since 1991.
The situation is particularly dangerous because we have mentally unstable drug addicted people running the US and not much better in the EU and UK. None of them can be trusted. They are devil worshipers too.
Russia must stand firm otherwise the remainder of the world is in danger of getting fully under their evil clutches.
In this the UK is not setting the moral example it did in WW2 principally due to the fool who is in charge of it.
He must go.
This is the Stalingrad or Leningrad for the world. A pivotal moment in world history.
A clear signal must be sent to the EU devils and their running dog the US and NATO over this otherwise everyone is doomed.
And this address also is not much different in substance to the US and UN’s justification for police action in Korea in 1950, and involvement in Vietnam in 1964. Intervention to stop further attacks.
Also Bay of Pigs (Cuba) in 1961.
Putin should point that out to Biden.
This may be the finest speech of the 21st Century to date. I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a historic speech, speaking in the language of history, speaking in the moment of history – and with so much clear truth, so compassionately and righteously told.
This speech will go down in the books that describe this age.
President Putin has poured an enormous amount of sanity and political stability into the world these last few days. Yes, Kremlin writers and staff have undoubtedly helped to craft the messages, but what a mind and what a character. What clear seeing.
What a people are these Russians, to be able to articulate their situation so flawlessly, and to act so cleanly in accord with this articulation.
The implications of the realism that Russia demonstrates right now are stunning. Russia will destroy the military capacity of the United States if that country makes a large enough foolish move. She will fight with any country on the planet, directly, and to win, if pushed.
This is beyond admiration. This is the role model for all nations to aspire to.
Putin masterclass is in session. Long Live Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin! Viva la Rossiya, DPR, LPR!!!
God bless Putin!
Mr. Putin knows his position in International relations will be forever diminished, not because of wrong doing, but he had to sacrifice himself politically for the security of Mother Russia, as he well explains specifically in this very moving document, there was no other way left for Russia but to react to those mounting threats from the Empire of lies, as he put it, and of course many questions will have to get an answer in the following days/weeks, what is going to happen after Ukraine ?
Re: Putin “sacrifice”.
Had some similar thought. I thought VVP is trying to create a good post-VVP environment. Then he’ll retire. He personally cannot be part of the international politics affairs any more simply because western media/politicians now portray him in colors of Assad/Kim.
I think it is very well thought out.
One thing from Vladimir Vladimirovič Putin’s speech needs to be emphasized, because it almost completely absent in the West:
In Yugoslavia, the North Atlantic Terrorist Organization deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure.
“This brings me to the situation in Donbass. We can see that the forces that staged the coup in Ukraine in 2014 have seized power, are keeping it with the help of ornamental election procedures and have abandoned the path of a peaceful conflict settlement. For eight years, for eight endless years we have been doing everything possible to settle the situation by peaceful political means. Everything was in vain.”
The term “cosmetic election procedures” also works here. In English we note “putting lipstick on a pig”, etc..
What an astonishing speech.
“Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens
Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page
Each of four theoretical traditions in the study of American politics—which can be characterized as theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy, Economic-Elite Domination, and two types of interest-group pluralism, Majoritarian Pluralism and Biased Pluralism—offers different predictions about which sets of actors have how much inﬂuence over public policy: average citizens; economic elites; and organized interest groups, mass-based or business-oriented. A great deal of empirical research speaks to the policy inﬂuence of one or another set of actors, but until recently it has not been possible to test these contrasting theoretical predictions against each other within a single statistical model. We report on an effort to do so, using a unique data set that includes measures of the key variables for 1,779 policy issues. Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent inﬂuence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic-Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism. “
One of the most poignant, important speeches in history. May it be conserved forever for this and future generations.
I was looking for the latest news on British TV channels – for some reason the RT channel had interference and i had to hold my nose and go to the BBC channel…Knowing the whole history and the reasons for the current ‘clean-up’ operation, it was totally depressing to listen to all the western politicians and the journalists reinforcing all the lies and distortions and omissions and the ever louder villification of Russia and ignoring any of the legitimate demands of Russia.
My fear is that the West has gained some resolve which gives it more energy to create more mischief and continue to undermine Russia’s interests. i see the only solution in the complete change of government in Kiev and the adoption of a new Constitution and accession to the Union State, which is the only way to seal off the borders to any repeated western encroachment. Will The Ukraine have sufficient people of any quality, who can help create a better place for Ukrainians?
The one positive issue is how the journalists are now asking “what next, after sanctions? will Russia turn off the tap?…what will we do then?” As Aeroflot has now been banned from flying into the UK, it is time for Russia to close its airspace to all US and Western European and Japanese carriers….or to raise the cost to painful levels.
TYPO: white pow*D*er
PS: what a speech from a great stateman, especially compared to the inarticulate mumblings of the senile US puppet-president!
I fear the world without statesmen like Putin and Lavrov
Long, but we’ll said, even beautiful at times.
Sounds logical and correct
“We had to stop that atrocity, that genocide of the millions of people who live there . . . ”
Yes, millions live there.
JAMES CHARLES…. total population of Donbass is 4.5 millons …..
Putin has the admiration and respect of many informed thinking people in the west. It is the western media, mainly under the control of a few big corporations, that keeps the sheep ill-informed and blind to the injustices their own governments commit that are at fault.
What a great speech
Very good speech by Putin, This helped me to understand what and why Russia is acting now. I have not seen anything like this from our leaders or mass media. I understand and see the “bias” everyday.
Could our leader/ leaders write and explanation for their actions so and truthfully? The answer is obvious, NO.
I’m American and I stand with Putin and the Russian people. I have never been so ashamed of my government and the puppet in the White House. There are millions more in the US who feel the same way.
I am an American and am disgusted at what the western elites are doing to the world. Thank you Putin and Russia!
Hey all, I am from Australia and I would like to say thank-you Mr Putin. If only other Politicians where half as good, the world would be a better place.
“Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said his nation will have every right to become a nuclear power, citing a document signed by leading world states back when Kiev agreed to get rid of Soviet nuclear weapons in exchange for security assurances.”
“If we look at the sequence of events and the incoming reports, the showdown between Russia and these forces cannot be avoided. It is only a matter of time. They are getting ready and waiting for the right moment. Moreover, they went as far as aspire to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not let this happen.”
Can’t really argue with what he says, the west are massive hypocrites and run by lightweight idiots. It is to my shame that my government acts like it does.
Frankly, Putin’s comments give me more, not less hope for the future. His clarity flies in the face of the liberal clownshow put on by Europe, the WEF, and unfortunately Canada and the U.S.
The poor Ukrainian people are immersed in the battle between CIA, corruption, oligarchs, clownshow, and geopolitics.
I’m was born under Communism, taught to hate Russia BUT I admire Putin and Russia as the last standing fortress against Zionist degeneracy spreading so clearly in the West with helps from rats like Soros, Klaus Schwab, Davos crowd.
The WEF puppet Zelensky has his days fooling the Ukrainian population numbered. Let’s hope the WEF will be turned to dust next.
Neonazis are persecuted in every western country as is obvious and anyone who would try to display a swastika flag in a public area we all know what will happen. This entire nazi charade is absolute rubbish in the regard it is alleged as the very construct of the new world order is based on communism and that is clear to see for anyone with open eyes. Neonazis have been in opposition against the new world order ever since the calculated destruction of Europa as a whole post world war two. If these allegations were true of this order being forced the neonazis would be open in public and wearing their colours upon the streets going about daily business but this happens absolutely nowhere. It is staggering how so many are being deceived with this utter nazi bullsh¡t regarding a world takeover. The coup in Ukraine eight years ago was the obvious plan of cabalist globalists using and funding ultra nationalists as their useful idiots to achieve a takeover of which happened turning the Ukraine into an epicenter of deep state corruption for their foreign overlords to use and abuse at the expense of the Ukrainian people duped into thinking any link to the western sphere would bring prosperity of which it has obviously not. Ukraine is a breadbasket of wealth with its fertile earth and natural resources yet so much of the modern day Ukraine is still stricken in poverty. NATO has by intention pushed the R.F. into a corner using the Ukraine a poisonous influence and more so ignoring the horrific persecution of the people in the Donbass.
Each to their own research of course. At the end of every day may we pray for peace and for common sense to prevail.
Alot of people in America both U.S. and Canada, and also around the world know that; Nato, and the current
leaders in North America and World Econ. Forum, etc. etc. want to take over the world for their own benefit.
To satisfy their lusts. They care nothing for people or the santity of a country. Russia does not want to be a
part of that, and that is why the nwo criminals are taking their cruel and evil measures and pummeling
people with their relentless deception through the media all around the world. It’s great that a large
majority of people now know what they’re up to, and don’t believe a word they say.