President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Ladies and gentlemen,
Esteemed foreign guests,
Let me welcome you to the anniversary 10th Moscow Conference on International Security. Over the past decade, your representative forum has become a significant venue for discussing the most pressing military-political problems.
Today, such an open discussion is particularly pertinent. The situation in the world is changing dynamically and the outlines of a multipolar world order are taking shape. An increasing number of countries and peoples are choosing a path of free and sovereign development based on their own distinct identity, traditions and values.
These objective processes are being opposed by the Western globalist elites, who provoke chaos, fanning long-standing and new conflicts and pursuing the so-called containment policy, which in fact amounts to the subversion of any alternative, sovereign development options. Thus, they are doing all they can to keep hold onto the hegemony and power that are slipping from their hands; they are attempting to retain countries and peoples in the grip of what is essentially a neocolonial order. Their hegemony means stagnation for the rest of the world and for the entire civilisation; it means obscurantism, cancellation of culture, and neoliberal totalitarianism.
They are using all expedients. The United States and its vassals grossly interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign states by staging provocations, organising coups, or inciting civil wars. By threats, blackmail, and pressure, they are trying to force independent states to submit to their will and follow rules that are alien to them. This is being done with just one aim in view, which is to preserve their domination, the centuries-old model that enables them to sponge on everything in the world. But a model of this sort can only be retained by force.
This is why the collective West – the so-called collective West – is deliberately undermining the European security system and knocking together ever new military alliances. NATO is crawling east and building up its military infrastructure. Among other things, it is deploying missile defence systems and enhancing the strike capabilities of its offensive forces. This is hypocritically attributed to the need to strengthen security in Europe, but in fact quite the opposite is taking place. Moreover, the proposals on mutual security measures, which Russia put forward last December, were once again disregarded.
They need conflicts to retain their hegemony. It is for this reason that they have destined the Ukrainian people to being used as cannon fodder. They have implemented the anti-Russia project and connived at the dissemination of the neo-Nazi ideology. They looked the other way when residents of Donbass were killed in their thousands and continued to pour weapons, including heavy weapons, for use by the Kiev regime, something that they persist in doing now.
Under these circumstances, we have taken the decision to conduct a special military operation in Ukraine, a decision which is in full conformity with the Charter of the United Nations. It has been clearly spelled out that the aims of this operation are to ensure the security of Russia and its citizens and protect the residents of Donbass from genocide.
The situation in Ukraine shows that the United States is attempting to draw out this conflict. It acts in the same way elsewhere, fomenting the conflict potential in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. As is common knowledge, the US has recently made another deliberate attempt to fuel the flames and stir up trouble in the Asia-Pacific. The US escapade towards Taiwan is not just a voyage by an irresponsible politician, but part of the purpose-oriented and deliberate US strategy designed to destabilise the situation and sow chaos in the region and the world. It is a brazen demonstration of disrespect for other countries and their own international commitments. We regard this as a thoroughly planned provocation.
It is clear that by taking these actions the Western globalist elites are attempting, among other things, to divert the attention of their own citizens from pressing socioeconomic problems, such as plummeting living standards, unemployment, poverty, and deindustrialisation. They want to shift the blame for their own failures to other countries, namely Russia and China, which are defending their point of view and designing a sovereign development policy without submitting to the diktat of the supranational elites.
We also see that the collective West is striving to expand its bloc-based system to the Asia-Pacific region, like it did with NATO in Europe. To this end, they are creating aggressive military-political unions such as AUKUS and others.
It is obvious that it is only possible to reduce tensions in the world, overcome military-political threats and risks, improve trust between countries and ensure their sustainable development through a radical strengthening of the contemporary system of a multipolar world.
I reiterate that the era of the unipolar world is becoming a thing of the past. No matter how strongly the beneficiaries of the current globalist model cling to the familiar state of affairs, it is doomed. The historic geopolitical changes are going in a totally different direction.
And, of course, your conference is another important proof of the objective processes forming a multipolar world, bringing together representatives from many countries who want to discuss security issues on an equal footing, and conduct a dialogue that takes into account the interests of all parties, without exception.
I want to emphasise that the multipolar world, based on international law and more just relations, opens up new opportunities for counteracting common threats, such as regional conflicts and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and cybercrime. All these challenges are global, and therefore it would be impossible to overcome them without combining the efforts and potentials of all states.
As before, Russia will actively and assertively participate in such coordinated joint efforts; together with its allies, partners and fellow thinkers, it will improve the existing mechanisms of international security and create new ones, as well as consistently strengthen the national armed forces and other security structures by providing them with advanced weapons and military equipment. Russia will secure its national interests, as well as the protection of its allies, and take other steps towards building of a more democratic world where the rights of all peoples and cultural and civilisational diversity are guaranteed.
We need to restore respect for international law, for its fundamental norms and principles. And, of course, it is important to promote such universal and commonly acknowledged agencies as the United Nations and other international dialogue platforms. The UN Security Council and the General Assembly, as it was intended initially, are supposed to serve as effective tools to reduce international tensions and prevent conflicts, as well as facilitate the provision of reliable security and wellbeing of countries and peoples.
In conclusion, I want to thank the conference organisers for their major preparatory work and I wish all participants substantial discussions.
I am sure that the forum will continue to make a significant contribution to the strengthening of peace and stability on our planet and facilitate the development of constructive dialogue and partnership.
Thank you for your attention.
Putin nails it again. I can’t argue against anything he says. Neither can the Russia-haters in USUK: only garbled “novichok, commies, KGB, spies!”.
No comment. Straight to the point.
Ukrainian Attacks on Nuclear Power Plants.
I’m wondering if even a multipolar world that Mr. Putin speaks of can bring in world peace for there has been no peace since mankind rebelled against God in the garden of Eden. Unregenerate man must consider his ways to find true peace, for the natural man is enmity against God. I truly hope that Mr. Putin is up to the challenge for I desire a world at peace.
Thanks for posting that.
Putin is absolutely on point.
The USG and its Neocon leaders go around pretending to do good but always this is done in the framework of arrogance, blindness, imperialism and violence. They know what is best for the world so better to go along or else. We in the USA learn the treasured fallacy that might makes right at an early age and possessing the greatest military in the galaxy means we have the best remedy to the world’s problems, real or imagined.
Here in CONUS we complain about the homelessness, the high taxation, the crazy deficit federal budgets, the loss of standard of living, crime, etc. Corruption is a way of life here and the only way anything gets done. The USG is ever increasing its power and involvement in ordinary citizens lives even up to what can be said in public spaces and the utilization of the so called “cancel culture” to enforce compliance.
I admire our founding fathers here in the USA but this is not their America. The world will have more liberty with the return of international law, national sovereignty, and national interests. God bless Mr. Putin!
Isn’t it amazing… here we have a leader of a major power who opens an international security conference without hyperbole, or propaganda, let alone the standard western litany of bare-faced lies.
No threats either… just facts, reality, a brief summary of the situation on the ground, and a vision of a new cooperative multipolar globe where the previously unaligned countries can gather and trade and flourish as sovereign entities, without being militarily and economically victimised.
Such a novel idea Mr Putin!… little wonder that ~90% of the world’s population are clamouring to join.
The Anglo-American hegemon is gone for all money… literally… it’s little more now than a stumbling zombie… evidenced by both its rhetoric and its flailing actions.
Now we must all wait, fingers crossed, and see just how much more destruction they can rort as their global rampage slowly grinds to a halt.
Bring it on Zone B!
A warning to US lapdog, the UN.
What purpose or rather who’s purpose does it currently serve? Permanent home USA, that must change or a brand new body FN, Friendly Nations should form. In fact as long as USuk have veto rights to any proposed resolution that benefits the whole then the organisation a lame duck.
Cannot wait and I live in the West!
when Putin speaks the collective west better listen. who could have foreseen that Mother Russia would be leading the world to a new paradigm of international relations in just three decades after the historic collapse of the USSR? but miracles are possible from the country of miracles. Putin has announced nothing less than the dawn of a new civilization for mankind. It’s official.
Long time ago, I said, nuke those missile bases in Poland and Romania. What comments were about that? None!!! And what we have today? Escalation toward nuclear war. It is very important to know psychology of bully’s and they reaction.
It is official: Mr VVP is a conspiracy theorist…him and Alex Jones both… 😄
We are witnessing the de-platfoming of them simultaneously.
Whoever said the US can not wage two campaigns at the same time is clearly delusional.
You shall be assimilated!
True, the West is cancelling itself out of the virtual first, and now more and more out of existence – that is the net result of it’s cancel culture – now deflated down to a grotesque arrogant little gnome – still pretending to be the center of the universe – a hilarious and sad story for those watching from the outside.
Anyone who speak Russian and have excess to Night with Solovev should watch today’s discussion about current situation. Penny for your thoughts.
Care to furbish a link? I have some Russian – some…
great speech, shame we don’t have leaders of this caliber in the western natosphere…
I think Putin sounds ‘off” or disoriented. He still talks abut “international law” like he spoke before the SMO. I believe a large percentage of the populations in Zone B, certainly the more educated people, do not differ in their appraisal of the SMO with Zone A or Western populations. Perhaps you – too – know a few such people personally. The “SMO” has lasted more than Putin thought it would (“SMO” is for a brief military operation). I think Zelensky, not Putin, is the most responsible person for this war, but most people in both “Zones” do not blame Zelensky. Western news media is more influential in Zone B than Russian media is. The security arguments for the SMO made by Russia are not understood well, being often mixed with a new world order objective that is proclaimed also; most Zone B people don’t have a sufficient basis to justify in their minds a WWII-type conflict. People go back to the basic image that a stronger nation invaded a weaker one, calling it an “SMO”, and is proceeding in a ‘methodical’ work of destruction, and now saying that it will keep for itself what it has conquered. This big picture of the war crowds out any justifying reasons, which are then taken as being just excuses for war. Most people are apolitical for this (conflict) and mainly focus on a big nation pounding a smaller nation. These are some of the other reasons why the SMO is considered to be unjustifiable:
– Those who said Russia would invade ended up being right, while those who denied that it was about to happen, with the Russian govt. insisting that they were close to Ukraine for a “training” exercise only, ended up being false or wrong.
– Not just the SMO, but Putin in particular is considered in a negative light (without even including the issue of civilian suffering and deaths).
– The words “war” and “invasion” were forbidden in Russia because of Ukraine, plus other like manipulations that people can obviously recognize.
Finally, Russia has logically a big image problem compounded by the fact that the “SMO” has lasted many months and may continue for many more months. Putin does not seem to appreciate that to still call it something other than a war strikes most people as barbaric or brutal in and of itself. To deny that there is an “invasion” also strikes most people as something awful coming from the same people who say it’s not a war either. The lack of coherence in the messaging from Russia has done great damage to Russia’s image across the world – not just in the West. I think Putin speaks sincerely in his speech, but there are realities he does not really address and sounds disoriented by now as the consequence. For example:
– “An increasing number of countries and peoples are choosing a path of free and sovereign development based on their own distinct identity, traditions and values.” He seems to assume that people of the world are onboard with his government’s war on Ukraine, but it’s hard to get onboard with that from far away.
– “These objective processes are being opposed by the Western globalist elites…” Too deep for this moment and time. What is he talking about (this is a war which he can’t even call war).
– “It is obvious that it is only possible to reduce tensions in the world, overcome military-political threats and risks, improve trust between countries and ensure their sustainable development through a radical strengthening of the contemporary system of a multipolar world.” This is a statement that is made after a war is over and not during it (at least he could have come back to the war issue right after or before). When the context is wrong or anomalous, the words and sentences will take on a different meaning than what’s expected.
– “We need to restore respect for international law, for its fundamental norms and principles…” He spoke like this since before the SMO began. Now, this is a speech proper for partisans, not for an audience of “foreign guests.” No one can extricate himself from a war he ordered (no matter the audience). So, I think the leader either tackles the war issue as central to his speech, or he does not speak.
– “We need to restore respect for international law, for its fundamental norms and principles.” Okay, but call things by their name first.
– “I am sure that the forum will continue to make a significant contribution to the strengthening of peace and stability on our planet”. Sounds great, except he’s at war and so it’s not his theme now. Looks like the situation got too complex for the Russian government. Like this, I think the number of detractors inside Russia will grow. A conflict that is unique in many ways calls for simplification; it’s made more unique through head-scratching statements. Usually, it’s indeed best not to speak much in a war, and more so if you struck first (not that it can’t be done, but I believe that’s really hard stuff for a political leader).
Your very first sentence and I literally choked on my drink…
“I think Putin sounds ‘off” or disoriented”.
Just me, but I would say Putin is the most together and focused Statesman on the planet… and by a proverbial country mile!
I would be most interested to hear then how you would go about describing recent statements by the likes of Bidet, Mr Blinky, Stoltenburger and von der Laydown?
“Your very first sentence and I literally choked on my drink…” “Just me, but I would say Putin is the most together and focused Statesman on the planet… and by a proverbial country mile!”
Even Mike Pompeo is most impressed (“genius”) by Vladimir Putin. I did not question the wisdom of the invasion or of the attack, just their insistence that it’s not an invasion and other such secondary issues (by comparison) not worth contesting. The event of February 25 is the most primary fact. I merely focused on secondary issues that are real anyway and part of politics and cumulative in their effect. Even a big mountain of cumulative errors may happen after a right decision, which are secondary to the primary thing. Let’s assume the primary thing – the war – could not be avoided. We did see how Putin tried to avoid it (don’t join NATO, keep the Minsk agreements, NATO go back). Without wishing to repeat myself, here’s three cumulative secondary things that may be perceived as “errors” or “bad” by a majority of people whose negative perception of the war is my main observation: a) Saying again and again that you had troops at the Ukraine border only for training, while your “enemy” said this was humbug and that you would invade (and he is right and you are false on that), 2) banning the words “war” and “invasion” and rejecting them as relevant or true for more than six months and even now, 3) the biggest “secondary” error: Not realizing that the majority of the world sees you as an “invader” who shamelessly denies all (denies invasion, denies war, and whatever else then, right?). Disoriented and “off” as a result of not accepting this “hard” truth regarding the world’s image of Russia, said president gives speeches – as often as is possible, you can fairly say – on the virtues of international law, legitimacy and peace! Do I make myself clear? These are the type of errors and questionable things that are cumulative and important in their own way, and which eventually will leave you “disoriented” and “off” if my comment is correct, and the majority of the world is appalled by the invasion whether anyone likes it or not. If the majority of the world disagrees with the facts I laid out and even explained, and it agrees with your perspective, then I am wrong and it’s the right time to preach about international law-legitimacy-peace, and to encourage the “foreign guests” in their quest for peace and law outside of the conflict he’s in…I hope you at least can see why I said he looks disoriented and “off” (it gets worse as the “SMO” continues indefinitely).
You ask «Do I make myself clear?»
I answer — No! You cannot make yourself clear until you yourself see it clear. The “image of Russia” in the West is the result of the information in the West. Russia isn’t that dumb to fight against its image inside the minds of strangers. As for the rest — as “what is SMO?”, “how long SMO was planned to go on?”, “invasion or operation” — that is all rhetorical nonsense good only for talking the talk (or, if you prefer, like walking to nowhere).
You missed my point that his image in the third world, especially among educated people, is not better than in the West. Why should it be? The PR of Russia is not good, their messaging is all over the place: One day they are fighting against Ukraine, and the next day it can be a world revolution for the sake of everybody. True that the Western media influence is a factor in the third world (Zone B) news coverage too. Judging by this speech and others, I don’t know if Putin knows or cares if Russia and himself have a bad image across the world because of the SMO. Considering the noble thoughts expressed in this speech, I think he cares and is not really aware.
If I’m wrong on my points, and the PR image is “rhetorical nonsense” anyway, then Putin probably shares your point of view.
Russia has a poor image because the US and the UK have blackened the name of Russia from 1945 on. Russia beat Germany single handed with massive casualties. The propaganda spewed out from the US and UK have affected people’s attitude to the Russian People.
Russia is an old country with culture far superior to that of the mongrel US. The US is good for war and murder and plunder. People are up in arms because Russia “invaded” Ukraine.what about the murderous wars initiated by the US: Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Phillipines, Serbia, Libya,Sudan and Syria to name a few.
«If I’m wrong on my points, and the PR image is “rhetorical nonsense” anyway, then Putin probably shares your point of view.»
1. Look for the definition of PR, and how they can be carried on. Then try to give us a precise receipt in which ways can Russia communicate (relate to others).
2. Russia is conquering Ukraine, while West PR are conquering the minds of its citizens (and could be some “middle class” in the third world).
3. So it is not a [question of] Point Of View, but Point Of Facts. Reducing it at what Putin could think won’t change this simple fact.
4. Saker is too kind. (Removed,it violates the blog rules to attack a fellow poster.Please don’t do that.MOD)
Your long and indigestible “reply” to Col… is completely off-topic. I agree with Col: Putin is an unusually clear and intelligent statesman.
I do agree with you, though, that Russia has not been able to demonstrate to the world just how bad Ukraine is and was. We need to be shown thousands of photos of destroyed homes in Donbass from before the “Unprovoked Russian Invasion”.
Here’s weaselly wikipaedia on the “pro-Russian conflict”. Ukrainians bombed a Ukrainian airport to destruction.
“I agree with Col: Putin is an unusually clear and intelligent statesman.”
I think so too. I also think, as I said, that most of the world, in both Zone A and B, or West and the rest, think it’s a barbaric war and Putin, of course, is seen as someone like that, barbaric too (they’re looking at the war not at this speech), and you may think that’s “off-topic”, but I think Putin would like for himself and Russia to have the best image possible. I don’t know how much he cares about that, probably Ukraine is more valuable to him than world opinion, but I think it has its importance for Russia and Russia must have a PR unit or ministry. I don’t think they are very aware of just how much Russia’s and Putin’s image has been deleteriously affected by the brutal SMO (not referring here to civilian suffering and deaths, only to the brutality of war). You found my comment on that “indigestible.” I’m satisfied with my comment.
«I also think, as I said, that most of the world, in both Zone A and B, or West and the rest, think it’s a barbaric war »
They “think”? Sure? Were they “thinking” the same about the other wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, etc)? Would they “think” it is not a barbaric war if they were told it is an operation against evil?
You write «I’m satisfied with my comment.»
To further certificate the rightness of your comment you can also ask your mirror.
“I do not agree with you, but ready to sacrifice my life so that you can express your point”
This one is wrongly attributed to Voltaire. Anyway I would correct it with “…. as long as you say something”. Otherwise we condemn ourselves to listen and read nonsense under the pretext of nonsense dressed as ‘Point Of View’.
@tranquilocomp – great to see V. Putin rattle your tranquility to the core.
As they say, no rest for the wicked!
@ bonbon on August 17, 2022 · at 7:58 am EST/EDT
@tranquilocomp – great to see V. Putin rattle your tranquility to the core.
As they say, no rest for the wicked!
Poor soul lives in a perpetual state of anxiety.
Best way to deal with trolls: do not engage them.
He posts his diatribes, and then he replies to himself because, in general, nobody does.
He is in the wrong blog, but he has to, he’s here to sell news for the NYT/Moscow Times, and similar publications.
Now he’s pushing the innuendo Putin was either sick or on drugs.
His put down are ridiculous, as Col…’the farmer from NZ’ pointed out above.
I think you are definitely pointing to the elephant in the room. Russia continues to lose the PR/info war, at least in the West. This is no small loss. What it does is muddy the waters. Even when clear contradictions arise, Russia’s legitimacy is in question. And indeed, even though for myself and others here, it’s clear that this SMO is provoked by NATO and a last resort on Russis part due to existential threat, genocidal acts against ethnic Russians and ignoring or undermining diplomacy, this isn’t enough. Some argue that if Russia had engaged more in soft power this conflict could have been prevented.
Personally I am glad that “soft power” deliberate political meddling in other states is not something Russia does. But it deserves better press, and it’s also foolish not to attempt to understand the raisin d’etre and culture of “unfriendly” states. It seems like a rather vulnerable blind spot that will keep undermining Russia.it’s like there is a fear that the newly achieved sense of Russian identity would be threatened if they were to practice seeing things from other perspectives. This seems like a weakness.
They can’t win the informational war in the west, because in the western key countries mass media is almost 100% in transatlantic hands in one way or another.
Good points, Gabe Swan.
I think another related point is that Putin has close to absolute power in Russia (right?). A person with that kind of power may be on his own entirely, with few influential advisers who really just play the role of information channels for him. It is written quite a lot that he is “isolated” and that nobody “knows his mind” because of this power factor, and a man is “just a man” in the end, no matter how powerful he may be, with errors and frailties like everybody else. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying having a weak presidency is a solution. Putin is making his nation greater since some twenty-something years ago; his economy is much greater and now his territory is becoming much greater than it already was. “Who let the bears out!” It’s funny to see how the bears are let out and who does it (the political parties and their company) Methinks the “PR/info war” errors reflect not so much the government as a whole but rather the absolute power of the leader, to whom everything tends to cater as often happened in systems with its kind of centralized power. Nobody’s perfect, but the “elephant in the room” is tearing things apart (it’s not like that’s impossible to avoid). A leader can call thing by their real name if he wants to, and see things as they really are too, and not become like a broken record in a highly dynamic & changing reality that a war brings, i.e., for how long can it be only a “Special Military Operation”, and for how long can you deny the words “invasion” and “war”, and who will believe you?
The Biden administration has its own perception problems. They look as if waiting for the impossible day when Bolivia can defeat Brazil in a war, yes, for something close enough to that. To wit, I thought and I think that the two Russian proposals should have been accepted, with amendments, to avoid this reality! ‘Negotiations’ should have been pursued months ago instead of following Zelensky’s requests as if he were the puppet master. Fortunately for Putin, “Among the blind the one-eyed guy is king”, and his are secondary errors. By contrast, not seeing the ‘writing on the wall’ when the two Russian proposal arrived, even if they were surprising or shocking, is a “primary error.” And some can ask: “How much more will you give to Russia?” “After involuntarily gifting Crimea, then the richer Donbass who knows why, must it now be the entire Ukraine – what is not clear?” “Can’t you recognize past errors?” “Why – does it look like the “free membership” principle was worth these growing and uncertain consequences after it’s a mute issue? Was it ‘free membership’ for others and not Ukraine?” “Softly put, is this the job you should have, after all?” The media doesn’t ask the questions, the other party does not ask the questions – nobody asks the questions (somebody should by now).
With regard to your point about centralized power and a lot of power residing with Putin. I think intuitively it hits on something fundamental, about how Russia has achieved greater sovereignty and it’s underlying conceptual framework in forming contemporary Russian identity. It is a vulnerable point, but this also arises from a need to survive and the nature of Russia itself. Somewhat counterintuitively the more horizontal you would like a system to be, the more need there is for centralized decision making, and regulation.
The Russian State provides the basis for coexistence and mutual prosperity of the regions of Russia, it is the referee, a referee and setting the rules of the game are different to dictatorship. Putin has defined the States role as the provider of the material needs of the nation, order and security, a secure basis. Without a referee and some rules to the game, the game turns to chaos, perhaps it is no longer a game at all just degeneracy..
But of course there is the danger of over reach of such centralized power and it needs to be ethical, there is a lot of room for abuse of power intentionally or not. And being blindsided.
Russia is defined by existential threat as a state without natural borders, vulnerable on all sides,it’s very unity and existence has always called for sophisticated internal/external diplomacy but also fundamentally military strength.
Some argue it was the Potroishka, ( probably not spelling that right), the great decentralization of the USSR, and Russia’s regions and power bases that Gorbachev introduced that led to the curruption and weakening of Russia that allowed it to be “colonized” during the nineties and is only now truly beginning to throw off.
So I don’t think Russia can exist without strong central power and leadership. How to find a balance between managing internal and external conflicts? Between defending the people’s interests and mere self delusion? In my mind the existence oRussiaf itself is simply miraculous, a force of will. What Putin has achieved is extraordinary. But there are vulnerabilities.
The western press is largely owned or controlled by Anglo and Israeli intelligence forces. They do not publish Putin’s speeches. Not because they cannot legally do so but because these speeches intelligently address issues of sovereignty and other globally important issues like climate change that transcend the individual conflicts being addressed. The last thing the western media want is public discussion of sovereignty and a multi polar world with equal participation in the large issues of peace, nuclear weapons, ecological issues, economic rights, and democratic process.
Unfortunately RT is not a particularly stellar example of investigative truth-seeking or in-depth journalism in general. Oppositional ideas must be tolerated and turned into truly informed and respectful debates for a truly free society that balances the interests of the most powerful in any society with grass roots freedom of expression. Many here on the Saker blog might relate to this concept via the role of the prophets, who addressed hypocrisy and greed with powerful spiritual truth.
I always felt somewhat unsure about the term Special Military Operation, and as time dragged on uncertainty emerged: may one speak of a war here or not? As the outcome of war is said to be unpredictable in terms of length and development, the ostensible grounds of the SMO to denazify Ukraine became less convincing.
To me this war seems prefabricated and tragic beyond comprehension.
This despite the fact that from a political, military perspective it was inevitable, an unavoidable outcome.
Putin may be isolated, and if so he has become a victim of circumstance. At the outset, from the run up to the SMO, he was visibly in a terrible position, if people don’t agreee that’s fine, but it is how it was.
From February 2022 censorship increased in Russia, it is no longer possible there to question or voice opinions against the SMO. The situation is highly complex, that is the problem
I am on board, and definitely a Putin admirer. I truly understand that the Western MSM is centralized and coopted by intelligence in alliance with neo colonial intetests, ie globalists, neoliberals and the western military industrial complex. But how did they get a hold of this? Lobbies, back door deals, sponsoring political candidates ie soft power.
Soft power can also include grassroots political activism, and I am not talking about the staged stuff that is part of the regime change/ consent for war apparatus. But supporting political decent, legislature etc. More from a position of integrity, that could have strengthened the position of Russia. There seems to have been a hands off attitude.
And in terms of PR, an example the Russian spokesman for the UN. Like every thing the man says is great, spot on. But he mumbles into his chest, while he reads from paper, and only ever speaks Russian, he comes across poorly. Many address the UN in English because it is a form of Esperanto.
And sometimes, the Russian propaganda is just not very slick and honestly cringe worthy. No one buys it. It’s kind of charming in that way. If it were not so tragiic, look what is happening to Russians and Russian culture internationally it’s beyond shocking, it’s horrific. It deserves a better defense.
“I truly understand that the Western MSM is centralized…”
The human factor should be kept in mind, that they’re human too, which means they can be good. Some turn the MSN into demons, demonize them completely, and then become blind to some facts. I think the coverage from the MSN of what Russia has to say has been solid since the SMO began, better than before. It’s easy to find examples, they do it every day. A foxnews report had this quote of Putin:
“They need conflicts to retain their hegemony,” Putin charged. “That’s why they have turned the Ukrainian people into cannon fodder. The situation in Ukraine shows that the United States is trying to drag the conflict out, and it acts in exactly the same way trying to fuel conflicts in Asia, Africa and Latin America.”
Evidently, they quoted that because it’s their profession to do so.
So you suggest Russia should invade the Western MSM centers?
People there watch their MSM for news, and when surfing freely they go after funny tik-tok style news. Since the beginning only few were curious what the heads of the enemy tribes had to say. It is not that difficult to grasp such an obvious dynamics of horde (or “social identity”) behavior. So the only weakness is your believing that major investment in PR would change whatever.
Nothing new really.
The West officially declared an extermination-is-the-objective “War” on Russia. So the gloves are off now.
Probably the only important statement is reg. Taiwan. Some will see this as a support of China. But it is nothing of the sort. Russia has clearly decided to forcely return on the world stage. Great Powers style.
So will take no bull. No matter how far or obscure the issue is.
This also says, semi-officialy:
“If you are attacked – in any way or form – by the West, we will support you. Within our means, so maybe not by much. But we WILL support you. No. Not because/when we like you. But because we are at War with the SYSTEM which is trying you subdue you.”
It is a -literal meaning- “revolutionary” position Russia is taking here. The Bastille moment was in Syria. Now we are in the “battle for Paris” stage. The cards are set. The sides are clear. Pick!
Wait User, you are contradicting yourself. Your first sentence is off. I fully agree with the rest you say!
Beautifully put: “If you are attacked – in any way or form – by the West, we will support you. Within our means, so maybe not by much. But we WILL support you. No. Not because/when we like you. But because we are at War with the SYSTEM which is trying you subdue you.”
This was my sense too.
In fact this is what shocked me about this VVP statement. I don’t remember this degree of assertiveness and forcible acceptance of the mission of global leadership. Before Russian limited itself to SMO and its own domain. Has the worm turned since Lavrov’s Africa tour?? This puts a whole new meaning to upcoming Phase Three..
These parts stood out:
There is cause for increased panic in London and calls to assassinate him. What is Mother cooking up, as the malign Guterres-led structure is ditched or corrected? He gives a few clues:
The problem with President Putin, unlike western politicians, is that when he speaks there’s seldom anything to argue with. If it wasn’t for Russia (and China), the world would now be ruled by American politicians. A frightening thought.
Currently vilified, I think history will prove President Putin as one of the presidential greats of the 21st century.
“…the world would now be ruled by American politicians”
…the world would now be ruled by Global Corporation Cartels – there fixed it for ya.
“…the world would now be ruled by American politicians”
“…the world would now be ruled by Global Corporation Cartels – there fixed it for ya.”
The world would now be ruled by an invisible matrix of multinational Global Corporation Cartels which would use American and NATO lapdog politicians as their public frontmen. – There, fixed it for you fro sure.
How about “…the world would now be ruled by American politicians and by the Global Corporation Cartels”.
They are partners. They both gain from the relationship. You could say they are puppets to each other but that would not be accurate since each knows exactly what they are doing and why.
This is an unique historical moment which most of the world population were waiting for, at least in the past 500 years of oppression, colonialism, racsism and global plundering.
We should enjoy this phenomenon which occur once or two per millinium.
There will be No peace until Washington has been humbled and then China must be kept in check, we cannot let Communist China rule.
In Truss we trust, what?
Was N. Korea, DPRK, mentioned there at all? Because of this :
North Korea’s Siberian Divisions , Declan Hayes , August 16, 2022
North Korea’s offer to send 100,000 peace workers to Eastern Ukraine is as much a game changer as was the appearance of the Red Army’s Siberian Divisions during the 1941-2 Battle of Moscow.
MSM tries to ‘fact check’ this. MSM doth protest too much!
DPRK as been talking to Moscow recently, recognized the Donbass Republics at the get-go, and as the article shows, could work wonders also in Syria, using the basket of currencies, avoiding the $.
“… if we are totally honest, North Korea’s proposal tweaks NATO’s tail in the most delightful of ways….”
That would be a fitting reply to the mad NATO rush to the Pacific!
While NATO-AUKUS flounder there, Russia sends Siberian divisions west and south west!
A fitting use also for the BRI logistics corridors!
Sorry, NATOstan, ye are simply out-maneuvered!
I would love to see this realized as this could be decisive to the death water we have seen in the last decade.
North Korea would get war experience and practice, and participate towards its own final liberation and independency. A win-win for the good cause.
I agree. This story of No Korea fills me with great joy. It is revolutionary, yet without diminishing its defense capabilities on the Korean peninsula. (1) No Korea has the fourth largest standing army on earth at ~ 1.3 million men.
Most sent would be engineers and builders though, sorely needed in Donbas and Syria/Iraq.
(2) Very few nations have the expertise to build hardened tunnels and fortifications while under continual siege as well as reconstruction after a complete war devastation. During 1950s Korea was so devastated they ran out of buildings to bomb.
(3) They have long memories and repaid the US/NATO enemy all around the world, in particular supporting victims throughout West Asia since 1960s. So this is a natural fit for them to assist the Donbas. Russia will gladly take such a valuable and experienced well-wisher. Let’s go team Z
More info here on the DPRK 100,000 troop offer :
if SCO is blocked….
More realistically it was a case of mistranslation and wishful thinking.
“Peace workers” could also mean, literal, WORKERS for “peace” as in non-war. E.g. construction crews for the most part to help rebuild the Donbas.
A mutually beneficial way for DPRK to help while at the same time getting some dough and/or discounted oil etc.
North Koreans were known to be contracted for labor, including in Russia, to help their country get hard currency, natural resources etc. Unlike sending military troops, “offering” such a rebuild-workers-army would make a lot of sense for Kim and would also make (some) sense for Russia.
Here it should also be understood that since LNR/DNR are officially recognized by DPRK, there is nothing preventing them to send/allow “volunteers” to fight in the LNR/DNR forces. Those forces are separate, so there would be no need to “integrate” anything. Should such happen, it is very likely it would take some time as DPRK would want to teach those some basic Russian first, which will take some time. So late 2022 at the earliest.
As Hayes shows, there is a lot of various problems to solve in Syria and Donbass.
And as everyone knows, an Army Corp. of Engineers gets the job done where private outfits flounder.
ZH does a bit of poo-pooing, not enough for Newsweek though.
The very MSM reaction shows this is the way top go!
When V. Putin vowed to help associates within Russia’s means, most westerners read money.
Instead, a real economic swap, where DPRK benefits and the RF also, as well as Syria is what is promised.
Mistranslation is not the problem, rather festering western monetarism.
The mission in a nutshell. Everything that happens in Ukraine is subsidiary to the mission of a multipolar world and must be seen through the lens of this mission. Looking at the war by itself leads to a huge lack of perspective.
Is President Putin preparing his own version of an “October surprise” as the summer season coming to an end???
One can see why they hate Putin so much. He speaks clearly and honestly about world politics. No teleprompters or outrageous lies. Uncle Sam really has his nickers in a knot.
I was just reading an edition of H G Well’s ‘New World Order’, published 1940 and I was surprised to see he writes of British ‘Russophobia’, on page 12. I genuinely had no idea this was a thing even 80 years ago. Perhaps it is because my family is from a peripheral nation which won its freedom from the British empire, (partially) in 1922. It is still odd that I had no idea this seam of hate ran through the British governing trash for hundreds of years, and Wells in this book puts it down to envy of Russia’s natural resources primarily, though there is mention of a defeat Russia inflicted which still rankled with British Generals in 1940.
Hard as it is for me to accept, it may actually be a current in the flow of British imperialist thought. Why is it hard for me to accept? Because I just don’t think like that,
Obviously some people do. Wells wrote that some people are smarter, or more ruthless (I am simplifying), and they tended to end up with all the goods. He seemed to be of the opinion that much of the wealth of the ‘Haves’ is plundered from the ‘Have nots’, who by their nature are unable to compete with the more devious, enterprising, violent, intelligent and predatory ‘Haves’.
Is this true? And if true, does it have to be this way?
I have seen Wells criticised for his Socialistic outlook, and his belief that a world system has to be constructed which will enable all the worlds people a share of the spoils, and a responsibility in the conservation of the planet and its resources. Can a world system which protects our cultures, ethnicities and environments be built without coercion, and is what VV Putin outlines a possible way to begin to move towards it? I say this as an admirer of Russia’s leader, in that I think he has a grasp of the emerging reality that eludes my own country’s politicians.
I also am not inviting those who denigrate the West to vent their childish fantasies of Russia leading a charge to demolish Western hegemony in reply, as I am quite sure VV Putin works in the interest of Russia, as he has quite explicitly said this on numerous occasions. Rather I am hoping people here will outline how they see a workable world framework of law and institutions can be built that ties us all together, including the valuable resources and peoples of the combined West. I accept that the taming of US ambition is a pre-requisite, and the old Imperial network of British influence must utterly exposed and rendered harmless. Again, the manipulation of the EU superstructure to favour the interest of ‘Old Europe’ must also be neutralised, as must the new belligerence of the Baltic states and NATO. But how is this to be achieved without colossal destruction and suffering, and the fracturing of the world into ‘spheres of influence’?
Here is book about Russofobia written by Swiss journalist:
Two unrelated news from EuroUkraine:
1. A talk lealed, allegedly between Ukrainian NCO and Major (Mayor?).
– My soldiers refused to take positions.
– Bring their written refuses to state prosecutor.
– They do not write papers, they just do not go.
– Inspire them to do their duty then.
– You can not? Then shoot them up, for defecting.
– It is not fair. They are just workers, no training, no morale. They know how dangerous is denying orders. But we all know, they can not change frontline situation. They would just get killed.
– We would give you another 10.
– It is not about that. How can i force them to go just die for nothing?
– It is not for nothing. It is for holding the line, for keeping Ukrainian territory. If you are man – make them to trenches. Shoot few to show you mean business. If they all are useless – shoot all; we would give you another ten. You take them, choose the most useless and shoot him at once, to show you mean business. If you are a weakling instead then go shoot yourself. You wasted half hour of time for this trash talk. Any minute (Russians) could had attacked and your unit was without command! We are all soldiers, to follow orders not to evaluate them. So are them, so are you. You got me?
– Yes sir!
2. Kiev regime decided that for authenticating soldiers last will a notary is needed no more. Their immediately commander can do as well.
Free hunt season is open.
In his crystal ball, Putin sees a large part for the UN.
It’s obvious he likes the ideas behind the establishment of the UN and it appears he’s saying, in effect, that once the UN gets its act together, Russian force can be at the disposal of the UN.
“We need to restore respect for international law, for its fundamental norms and principles. And, of course, it is important to promote such universal and commonly acknowledged agencies as the United Nations and other international dialogue platforms. The UN Security Council and the General Assembly, as it was intended initially, are supposed to serve as effective tools to reduce international tensions and prevent conflicts, as well as facilitate the provision of reliable security and well being of countries and peoples.”
Admirable clear and comprehensive presentation. God bless Putin.
Depressing yet paradoxically inspiring. He is right but far too civilized, diplomatic and polite to just say it: the US has turned to sh:t and is a danger to its own citizens, the vast majority just as poor and weak as the recipients of US bombings, and is a grave danger to the planet. Who has the means and the willpower to “put down Ol’ Yeller?” Sad. Depressing. But has to be done. At least the world at large will go on, with good days and occasionally not so good, but existing and progressing nevertheless, free of the threat of being stricken down by a once respected and beloved companion gone mad with a horrible fatal disease. The world will go on. Let us be daily thankful for that!
Great speech by V.P. Direct and to the point
@ D G on August 18, 2022 · at 4:51 am EST/EDT
Great speech by V.P. Direct and to the point
I believe he let Shoigu steal the show, after all the Security Conference is Shoigu’s realm. Shoigu’s speech was twice as long, touching upon and elaborating on everything that needed to be said to the corrupt Collective West.
I wish Vladimir Putin was President of Northern Ireland too.
We are ruled by ARSE-HOLES
Their globalist dream may have failed. But they will be back. They will never give up on Global One World Government.
Putin. When only the best will do.
I’m shocked, seriously. I read President Putin’s address which I agree with, but then I go onto an American political forum and I think I’ve gone into a fantasy world. Some will say I shouldn’t be on those sites and they’re probably right, but I’m shocked by an almost zero level of knowledge. My apologies to the Americans here.
There are no Neo-Nazi militias in the Ukraine, Russia is still communist and the Ukraine is winning? How can these beliefs exist nearly a quarter way through the 21st century in a first-world society? These beliefs came from western politicians and the media and if the politicians believe it, no wonder President Putin has put his nuclear forces on high alert!
I’m just a former teacher, but my advice to President Putin would be to get the Ukraine problem sorted out now! Pick the extent of your buffer zone, warn the civilian population to leave and then go in like NATO would and smash your way through any opposition. Maximum damage, maximum casualties. That’s the only message NATO understands, because if you keep pussy footing around in there bit by bit the US will see it as a sign of weakness and like any predator, they will become emboldened the longer it drags on.
I’ll put it into words for you then. Don’t shed your crocodile tears for the Ukrainians who cheered on the overthrow of Yanukovych and got themselves into this mess. Weep for the ones who are dying cleaning up the mess as they had to do eighty years ago. And whilst you’re weeping, shed a few tears for the thousands murdered by the Ukrainian Nazi militias instead of linking to a useless Pink Floyd You Tube video.