Russia President Vladimir Putin touched on a wide array of issues during his speech and Q&A session at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
His clarity of thought, candour, and unscripted realpolitik are qualities many EU “poodle” leaders could take note of, and learn from.
How about leaders in Washington D.C.? Perhaps they can get better scripts posted up onto their teleprompter.
Putin’s best came in response to a question whether he felt that the Ukrainian armed conflict was pushing Russia and the US towards a Cold War-like confrontation (via RT)…
Putin warned the US against trying to use the language of ultimatums in its relations with Russia.
“The problem is that they are constantly trying to impose their standards and decisions on us with no regard to our interests,” he explained. “In essence they say: ‘we are better’ as if the US knows better what is good for us. Well, let us decide for ourselves what our interests and needs are as dictated by our history and culture.”
He accused Washington of meddling in Russia’s internal affairs and sticking to an arrangement that pits Russia either with America or against it.
“This is no dialogue. It’s an ultimatum. Don’t speak the language of ultimatums with us.”
Ukraine is another example of how the US is causing trouble by maintaining its arrogant approach to international politics, Putin said.
“They should not have supported the anti-constitutionalists’ armed coup that in the end led to a violent confrontation in Ukraine, a civil war in fact,” he said. “We are not the cause of all those crisis events that Ukraine is experiencing.”
Red pill truth that will undoubtedly be hard for the blue pill west to stomach.
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