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Every year, Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference where journalists from throughout the Russian Federation and the wider world gather to ask the Russian President questions on anything. Many of the questions are hostile, but Putin gives honest and often lengthy, detailed answers to each.

In 2014 for example, his press conference lasted nearly 4 hours in length.

But Putin  makes himself widely available to journalists from around the world the whole year round, not least at the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Putin is generally one of most widely talkative major world leader when it comes to taking and answering questions from journalists.

At this year’s Economic Forum, Putin fronted a marathon 2 hour session that also featured his ally Prime Minister Modi of India, Moldovan President Igor Dodon, as well as Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern.

Hosting the lengthy Q and A was none other than professional Trump hater Megyn Kelly who has in the past expressed deeply hostile views towards Russia.

READ MORE: Vladimir Putin charms Megyn Kelly in St. Petersburg (Videos)

Her questions to Putin were often a reflection of the western mainstream media Russophobic narrative, yet Putin took it on in stride with his usual calm, collective confidence.

Throughout the duration of the Forum in Putin’s home town, the Russian President answered often difficult questions from journalists of all backgrounds and from all nations.

This may well be the crux of why western media figures and western leaders harbour such a disdain for Putin.

They dislike Putin not because he is bad but because he is so good. Putin is able to seamlessly shift from rattling off statistics about oil and gas production, to talking about regional issues in Russia, to the details of UN reports on the Middle East, to the economy of the EU, to the political situation in America, to China’s trade project One Belt–One Road, all without breaking a sweat.

What’s more is that he does it all without a script, teleprompter or any other ‘guidance’.

Many people in Europe lament that their countries are controlled by an un-elected Council of the European Union. Likewise, many are dismayed that America is now more controlled by the deep state than by elected officials, including the President.

In Russia this is not the case. Putin is in charge, he is democratically elected to be so and his command of Russian and global political issues is apparent. Even his adversaries can scarcely deny that Putin knows his stuff and is able to communicate it clearly and effectively.

Increasingly, western journalists and commentators are no longer able to utter an even semi-cohesive sentence without a script or weeks of preparation.

Putin does it as though it is easy.

Perhaps this is why Putin is hated by the west and loved by those who still are man enough to respect a real leader who can lead wisely and competently….all without a net.

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Isabella Jones

I agree – they hate him because he is good – very very good – at his job and that job has included kicking out the parasites who sought to turn Russia into their vassal in the 1990’s, it has included taking Russia from the edge of the drain to it’s present position on the world stage. But it’s more than that. They hate him because he is good, period. By which I mean a good man, a man of total integrity, high intelligence put to excellent use because guided by that integrity, and of enormous compassion, which means a… Read more »

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In this, of course, Putin reflects the nature of that greatest of all men, the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who experienced exactly the same reaction from the jews, who were, are, and it seems always will be, liars, murderers, and thieves. My own belief is that Putin is hated by these people for precisely this reason; he has wrested control of his great nation from the jews, and has allowed Orthodox Christianity to once again fulfill its central place in the spiritual lives of the Russian people. http://russiafeed.com/putin-goes-to-church-after-meeting-macron/ And because of this, Russia is now the source… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Thank you for those links Tim. I’ll go look at them.

Dave K
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Dave K

Also, he is hated because he doesn’t kiss Zionist Jew ahss like most other western leaders. This is the main reason.

Antonakis Mamas Demetriou
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Antonakis Mamas Demetriou

Very nicely said Isabella you saved me the job of writing exactly the same
You certainly have an intelligent brain the western fake news can’t pull the wool over your eyes.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Thank you Antonakis, you’re very kind. I think all of us here are the same – we’re a group of “no wool pulled” people who come for mutual support and interest. Cheers.

lickeyleaks
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lickeyleaks

Putin is doing to the World what Nigel Farage did to Europe,exposing them for what they really are,CROOKS….

permopin
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permopin

Somehow, I find it hard to believe that western leaders hate Mr Putin. I would rather believe they are frustrated with their own failure to be just like Putin, unable to accept the reality that in the unlikely event they managed to come close, they could not live with being the second best.

Walter Dublanica
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It is simple ,you hate someone who outsmarts you as is the case of Putin outsmarting the western elite. Putin is on the side of PEACE and with that holds the best cards. Nobody ,even the western elites can seriously want war.

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

This “hating” what the western leaders supposed to do is called: Western Values.

thnkfryrslf
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thnkfryrslf

I listened to Putin answer Megyn Kelly’s questions with great interest. Kelly’s questions were derived from the Wests MSM’s narrative and constant propaganda about Russia interfering with the US election, something Hillary is still stating. Putin with patience answered each ridiculous question and in so doing he explained what the real facts were and how and why the US needed to falsely demonize Russia. Now this is a man who has US-NATO military arms and troops throughout Eastern Europe, building up along the Russian border.All of this is being done alledgedly because the Baltic states, fear a Russian invasion.This is… Read more »

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I did notice that, despite her neoliberal indoctrination, Kelly was completely fascinated by Putin.
Given sufficient time, I suspect that she would learn to stand alongside the wonderful Zakharova, but sad to say, she has to return to that nest of thieves, murderers, and liars operating out of the so-called, but clearly no longer, United States.

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

Methinks, at that momen she saw and listened to a real leader of a great nation just answering her questions and leave her in her dignity as she was at that moment.
You could “feel” she was more and more coming in shock about the human being “Putin” in contrast to what the “homefront” is telling about this man, this great leader.
She will be in shock for a while and when she “wakes up”, might radically change her mind. IMO.

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my2Cents

Putin, solely by being himself, holds a mirror up to others and they see their reflection of incompetence or their corruption, and they don’t like it. When I first saw MK I wonder who in God’s name would have invited this former Fox nitwit to interview anyone (Putin) in St. Petersburg….Well in retrospect I believe Putin did it to make a point and to have MK ask the stupid questions as well as the silly accusations doing the rounds in Washington so he (Putin) could answer the West Loud and Clear once and for all.. It gave him a perfect… Read more »

strav
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strav

I vote for Vladimirovich in every australian elections always! Local state and federal! His the only politican and lavrov I’d vote for! Not the western garbage puppets!

Cristiano Barbaro
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Cristiano Barbaro

I love how Megyn Kelly is made to look like a fool. She asks the usual clichè anti Russian questions and Putin plays her like a fiddle with the truth!

rea
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rea

i agree putin the ebst world leader– now trump -putin are the best – make america great again–make rusia always great

dejavutoyou
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dejavutoyou

Just finished watching the interview between President Putin and Miss Kelly. It seems that Kelly was playing checkers, asking obvious questions to illicit a response from President Putin. President Putin on the other hand, appears to be tolerating her and her juvenile questions. Any American that is following the circus that is called an investigation should be able to see right through it. How could Russia effect the outcome of over 120,000,000 voters? The President was also asked if Russia had a dossier on President Trump. Of course they do BUT not the way that Kelly was stating it. It… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

They are afraid if Trump and Putin got together they could take back the would from evil hands.

CumExApostolatus
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CumExApostolatus
LD
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LD

Putin is a good president because he loves his country as only a Russian can. He knows what war can do: 22 million deads in WO II…his father and brother amongst them. His presidency is not a job, it is a mission.

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US continues to try to corner Russia with silence on Nukes

Moscow continues to be patient in what appears to be an ever more lopsided, intentional stonewalling situation provoked by the Americans.

Seraphim Hanisch

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TASS reported on March 17th that despite Russian readiness to discuss the present problem of strategic weapons deployments and disarmament with its counterparts in the United States, the Americans have not offered Russia any proposals to conduct such talks.

The Kremlin has not yet received any particular proposals on the talks over issues of strategic stability and disarmament from Washington, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Sunday when commenting on the statement made by US National Security Adviser John Bolton who did not rule out that such talks could be held with Russia and China.

“No intelligible proposals has been received [from the US] so far,” Peskov said.

Earlier Bolton said in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis aired on Sunday that he considers it reasonable to include China in the negotiation on those issues with Russia as well.

“China is building up its nuclear capacity now. It’s one of the reasons why we’re looking at strengthening our national missile defense system here in the United States. And it’s one reason why, if we’re going to have another arms control negotiation, for example, with the Russians, it may make sense to include China in that discussion as well,” he said.

Mr. Bolton’s sense about this particular aspect of any arms discussions is correct, as China was not formerly a player in geopolitical affairs the way it is now. The now all-but-scrapped Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, was a treaty concluded by the US and the USSR leaders Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, back in 1987. However, for in succeeding decades, most notably since the fall of the Soviet Union, the US has been gradually building up weaponry in what appears to be an attempt to create a ring around the Russian Federation, a situation which is understandably increasingly untenable to the Russian government.

Both sides have accused one another of violating this treaty, and the mutual violations and recriminations on top of a host of other (largely fabricated) allegations against the Russian government’s activities led US President Donald Trump to announce his nation’s withdrawal from the treaty, formally suspending it on 1 February. Russian President Vladimir Putin followed suit by suspending it the very next day.

The INF eliminated all of both nations’ land based ballistic and cruise missiles that had a range between 500 and 1000 kilometers (310-620 miles) and also those that had ranges between 1000 and 5500 km (620-3420 miles) and their launchers.

This meant that basically all the missiles on both sides were withdrawn from Europe’s eastern regions – in fact, much, if not most, of Europe was missile-free as the result of this treaty. That is no longer the case today, and both nations’ accusations have provoked re-development of much more advanced systems than ever before, especially true considering the Russian progress into hypersonic and nuclear powered weapons that offer unlimited range.

This situation generates great concern in Europe, such that the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on both Moscow and Washington to salvage the INF and extend the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, or the New START as it is known.

“I call on the parties to the INF Treaty to use the time remaining to engage in sincere dialogue on the various issues that have been raised. It is very important that this treaty is preserved,” Guterres said at a session of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Monday.

He stressed that the demise of that accord would make the world more insecure and unstable, which “will be keenly felt in Europe.” “We simply cannot afford to return to the unrestrained nuclear competition of the darkest days of the Cold War,” he said.

Guterres also urged the US and Russia to extend the START Treaty, which expires in 2021, and explore the possibility of further reducing their nuclear arsenals. “I also call on the United States and the Russian Federation to extend the so-called New START Treaty before it expires in 2021,” he said.

The UN chief recalled that the treaty “is the only international legal instrument limiting the size of the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals” and that its inspection provisions “represent important confidence-building measures that benefit the entire world.”

Guterres recalled that the bilateral arms control process between Russia and the US “has been one of the hallmarks of international security for fifty years.”

“Thanks to their efforts, global stockpiles of nuclear weapons are now less than one-sixth of what they were in 1985,” the UN secretary-general pointed out.

The Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (the New START Treaty) entered into force on February 5, 2011. The document stipulates that seven years after its entry into effect each party should have no more than a total of 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) and strategic bombers, as well as no more than 1,550 warheads on deployed ICBMs, deployed SLBMs and strategic bombers, and a total of 800 deployed and non-deployed ICBM launchers, SLBM launchers and strategic bombers. The new START Treaty obliges the parties to exchange information on the number of warheads and carriers twice a year.

The new START Treaty will remain in force during 10 years until 2021, unless superseded by a subsequent agreement. It may be extended for a period of no more than five years (that is, until 2026) upon the parties’ mutual consent. Moscow has repeatedly called on Washington not to delay the issue of extending the Treaty.

 

 

 

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Ariel Cohen exposes Washington’s latest twist in anti-Russia strategy [Video]

Excellent interview Ariel Cohen and Vladimir Solovyov reveals the forces at work in and behind American foreign policy.

Seraphim Hanisch

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While the American people and press are pretty much complicit in reassuring the masses that America is the only “right” superpower on earth, and that Russia and China represent “enemy threats” for doing nothing more than existing and being successfully competitive in world markets, Russia Channel One got a stunner of a video interview with Ariel Cohen.

Who is Ariel Cohen? Wikipedia offers this information about him:

Ariel Cohen (born April 3, 1959 in Crimea in YaltaUSSR) is a political scientist focusing on political risk, international security and energy policy, and the rule of law.[1] Cohen currently serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and natural resources and growth. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, within the Global Energy Center and the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.[2] Until July 2014, Dr. Cohen was a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He specializes in Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Cohen has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the Helsinki Commission.[4] He also served as a Policy Adviser with the National Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Deterrence Analysis.[5] In addition, Cohen has consulted for USAID, the World Bank and the Pentagon.[6][7]

Cohen is a frequent writer and commentator in the American and international media. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV and Al Jazeera English, as well as Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He was a commentator on a Voice of America weekly radio and TV show for eight years. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor to the National Interest and a blogger for Voice of America. He has written guest columns for the New York TimesInternational Herald TribuneChristian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, EurasiaNet, Valdai Discussion Club,[8] and National Review Online. In Europe, Cohen’s analyses have appeared in Kommersant, Izvestiya, Hurriyet, the popular Russian website Ezhenedelny Zhurnal, and many others.[9][10]

Mr. Cohen came on Russian TV for a lengthy interview running about 17 minutes. This interview, shown in full below, is extremely instructive in illustrating the nature of the American foreign policy directives such as they are at this time.

We have seen evidence of this in recent statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, and an honestly unabashed bit of fear mongering about China’s company Huawei and its forthcoming 5G networks, which we will investigate in more detail in another piece. Both bits of rhetoric reflect a re-polished narrative that, paraphrased, says to the other world powers,

Either you do as we tell you, or you are our enemy. You are not even permitted to out-compete with us in business, let alone foreign relations. The world is ours and if you try to step out of place, you will be dealt with as an enemy power.

This is probably justified paranoia, because it is losing its place. Where the United Stated used to stand for opposition against tyranny in the world, it now acts as the tyrant, and even as a bully. Russia and China’s reaction might be seen as ignoring the bully and his bluster and just going about doing their own thing. It isn’t a fight, but it is treating the bully with contempt, as bullies indeed deserve.

Ariel Cohen rightly points out that there is a great deal of political inertia in the matter of allowing Russia and China to just do their own thing. The US appears to be acting paranoid about losing its place. His explanations appear very sound and very reasonable and factual. Far from some of the snark Vesti is often infamous for, this interview is so clear it is tragic that most Americans will never see it.

The tragedy for the US leadership that buys this strategy is that they appear to be blinded so much by their own passion that they cannot break free of it to save themselves.

This is not the first time that such events have happened to an empire. It happened in Rome; it happened for England; and it happened for the shorter-lived empires of Nazi Germany and ISIS. It happens every time that someone in power becomes afraid to lose it, and when the forces that propelled that rise to power no longer are present. The US is a superpower without a reason to be a superpower.

That can be very dangerous.

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Even a Vacuous Mueller Report Won’t End ‘Russiagate’

Too many reputations and other interests are vested in the legend for it to vanish from American politics anytime soon.

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Authored by Stephen Cohen via The Nation:


Russiagate allegations that the Kremlin has a subversive hold over President Trump, and even put him in the White House, have poisoned American political life for almost three years. Among other afflictions, it has inspired an array of media malpractices, virtually criminalized anti–Cold War thinking about Russia, and distorted the priorities of the Democratic Party. And this leaves aside the woeful impact Russiagate has had in Moscow—on its policymakers’ perception of the US as a reliable partner on mutually vital strategic issues and on Russian democrats who once looked to the American political system as one to be emulated, a loss of “illusions” I previously reported.

Contrary to many expectations, even if the Mueller report, said to be impending, finds, as did a Senate committee recently, “no direct evidence of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia,” Russiagate allegations are unlikely to dissipate in the near future and certainly not before the 2020 presidential election.

There are several reasons this is so, foremost among them the following:

  1. The story of a “Kremlin puppet” in the White House is so fabulous and unprecedented it is certain to become a tenacious political legend, as have others in American history despite the absence of any supporting evidence.
  2. The careers of many previously semi-obscure Democratic members of Congress have been greatly enhanced—if that is the right word—by their aggressive promotion of Russiagate. (Think, for example, of the ubiquitous media coverage and cable-television appearances awarded to Representatives Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and Maxine Walters, and to Senators Mark Warner and Richard Blumenthal.) If Mueller fails to report “collusion” of real political substance, these and other Russiagate zealots, as well as their supporters in the media, will need to reinterpret run-of-the-mill (and bipartisan) financial corruption and mundane “contacts with Russia” as somehow treasonous. (The financial-corruption convictions of Paul Manafort, Mueller’s single “big win” to date, did not charge “collusion” and had to do mainly with Ukraine, not Russia.) Having done so already, there is every reason to think Democrats will politicize these charges again, if only for the sake of their own careers. Witness, for example, the scores of summonses promised by Jerrold Nadler, the new Democratic chair of the House Judiciary Committee.
  3. Still worse, the top Democratic congressional leadership evidently has concluded that promoting the new Cold War, of which Russiagate has become an integral part, is a winning issue in 2020. How else to explain Nancy Pelosi’s proposal—subsequently endorsed by the equally unstatesmanlike Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, and adopted—to invite the secretary general of NATO, a not-very-distinguished Norwegian politician named Jens Stoltenberg, to address a joint session of Congress? The honor was once bestowed on figures such as Winston Churchill and at the very least leaders of actual countries. Trump has reasonably questioned NATO’s mission and costs nearly 30 years after the Soviet Union disappeared, as did many Washington think tanks and pundits back in the 1990s. But for Pelosi and other Democratic leaders, there can be no such discussion, only valorization of NATO, even though the military alliance’s eastward expansion has brought the West to the brink of war with nuclear Russia. Anything Trump suggests must be opposed, regardless of the cost to US national security. Will the Democrats go to the country in 2020 as the party of investigations, subpoenas, Russophobia, and escalating cold war—and win?

Readers of my new book War With Russia?, which argues that there are no facts to support the foundational political allegations of Russiagate, may wonder how, then, Russiagate can continue to be such a major factor in our politics. As someone has recently pointed out, the Democrats and their media are now operating on the Liberty Valance principle: When the facts are murky or nonexistent, “print the legend.”

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