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Putin BLASTS the US approach to North Korea and diplomacy with Russia–warns against “planetary catastrophe” (VIDEO)

Putin BLASTS the US approach to North Korea and diplomacy with Russia–warns against “planetary catastrophe” (VIDEO)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has addressed journalists at the BRICS conference in Xiamen China where he offered harsh words about the current state of political culture in the United States and warned of the dangers which are implicit in a bellicose approach to North Korea.By contrast, Vladimir Putin praised China’s hosting of the BRICS summit and spoke warmly of the atmosphere at the Xiamen based summit which closes today.

After strongly condemning North Korea’s recent nuclear test, the Russian President explained that after seeing how Iraq and Libya were unilaterally decimated by US forces, North Korea has determined that a nuclear deterrent is the only thing which will spare Pyongyang a similarly grim fate.

Rather than play games of nuclear chicken Putin warned that a dialogue based approach to de-escalation on the Korean peninsula is the only rational approach. He stated,

“Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless; it’s a dead end. It could lead to a global, planetary catastrophe and a huge loss of human life. There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue”.

He continued,

“It is necessary to push the issue to a dialogue between all interested parties. All participants in this process, including North Korea, should not have any of these considerations that are associated with the threat of destruction, but, on the contrary, all parties to the conflict should get on the path of cooperation”.

Putin echoed the previous words of his Foreign Ministery Sergey Lavrov who cautioned that “starving” North Korea with sanctions will only create a humanitarian disaster on top of a tense military stand-off. Putin said,

“As I told my colleagues yesterday, they (North Koreans) will eat grass but will not stop their program as long as they do not feel safe. What can restore their security? The restoration of international law“.

Turning to Donald Trump’s Tweet threatening to instigate US trade embargoes against any nation which has any trade with North Korea, Putin joined China in condemning the ridiculous proposal.

He stated,

“Of course, it is ridiculous to put us on one sanctions list with North Korea and then to ask to help them with sanctions exercises against North Korea”.

Putin further explained that while Russia does trade with North Korea, the turnover if “virtually zero”. Putin proceeded to explain that while many countries, including US allies trade with North Korea, no country in the world is making any significant amounts of money from such trade.

READ MORE: Trump in bizarre threat to nations who trade with North Korea

Putin again affirmed that North Korea should not have to fear for its survival and security prior to the commencement of talks but rater, all parties should enter discussions with an aim for peace between nations.

The Russian President re-emphasised,

“It is necessary to take steps to be engaged in a dialogue with all the concerned parties. It is necessary that all the participants of the process, including North Korea would not have any fears related to the threat of the devastation, but instead all the parties to the conflict should take the path of cooperation.

Warmongering would not bring any positive result in such conditions. It could result in a global catastrophe and to a huge number of casualties“.

Turning to the increasingly bizarre US actions which saw Russian diplomats and officials kicked out of their properties in Washington D.C., New York and San Francisco, Putin said that Russia plans to sue the United States over this actions. As I explained in The Duran, the Russian Federation will have to sue the US Federal Government in US courts as under George W. Bush, the US withdrew from provisions allowing the International Court of Justice to hear cases involving violations of the Vienna Conventions to which the US is a party.

READ MORE: US actions against Russian diplomatic and consular property are illegal–here’s why

To this end, Putin stated,

“First of all, I will instruct the Foreign Ministry to go to court, we’ll see how effectively the vaunted American judicial system works”.

Putin discussed further direct retaliatory measures against the US in the following way,

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“We have agreed with our partners that there should be parity of the number of diplomatic staff in Russia and the United States. There were some 1,300 diplomats from the US; we had 455. We corrected this.

But among those 455 diplomatic staff working in the United States there are 155 people working at the United Nations. Strictly speaking, they are not part of the diplomatic corps accredited by the US State Department. So true parity would be the US having not 455 diplomats in Russia, but 155 fewer”.

When it comes to the US political culture and wider American political attitudes, Putin spoke for most of the world when he slammed the US, saying,

“It is difficult to have a dialogue with people who confuse Austria with Australia. You can do nothing about it. That seems to be the level of political culture of a certain part of the American establishment.

….the American nation, the American people, America is really a great country, a great nation… of such people with such a low level of political culture”.

While Vladimir Putin said he would hope for a future restoration of relations with Donald Trump, he clearly does not see this as something which can happen in the immediate future.

The Russian President also confirmed he has accepted an invitation to Egypt by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who has been attending the BRICS summit as a representative from an observer state. As one of the major Muslim majority countries at the summit, Russia and Egypt offered a joint statement on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

The Russian President stated,

“The press service had to release the relevant statement in regards to the joint [Russian-Egyptian] opinion on the developments in Myanmar. We oppose any violence and call on the country’s authorities to take the situation under control”.

President Vladimir Putin’s full press conference can be viewed below

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Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless; it’s a dead end. It could lead to a global, planetary catastrophe and a huge loss of human life. There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue”.

V.Putin – the only voice of reason in a world going mad.

Voltaire
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Voltaire

The best thing that Vladimir said thjis mùonriong was top tell the Americans that in order to have equality between the US and Russia interms of diplomats, the US must reduce their diplomatic staff by a firther 150….since of the 455 Russian dispomats in the US, 150 are attached toithe UN… So the US will be left with about only 350 diplomats in Russia, down from about 1,200 at the time when Obama began his aggression against Russia… I think Vladimir should tell the Americans he will reduce the number of diplomats on both sides to about 50 until the… Read more »

seby
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seby

Passing a test, that proves they know the difference between Austria and Australia, and that the Soviet Union doesnt exist anymore should also be a requirement for diplomats to Russia.

Simon
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Simon

They’ll struggle to find 300 who pass.

Jets
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Jets

LOL :-))

Two thumbs up :-))

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“US would have to reduce their diplomatic staff by a further 150”

That means less 150 CIA operatives.

Voltaire
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Voltaire

Of course…..

CIA saboteurs would be a more accurate description…

And the Russians (and Chinese) should kick out any remaining Western NGOs (CIA fronts)….

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“It is difficult to have a dialogue with people who confuse Austria with Australia. You can do nothing about it. That seems to be the level of political culture of a certain part of the American establishment.” In 2007 president Bush thanked the Australian Premier Minister ” for visiting Austrian troops in Iraq”. CNN claimed that ‘Australia’ – a country almost 8,000 miles outside of Europe – was ‘building a fence at Slovenian border.’ Obama condemned the attack on the ‘English’ (instead of British) Embassy in Tehran. He tried to repair his gaffe , by changing it in ‘the embassy… Read more »

louis robert
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louis robert

Each and every Westerner ought to listen to this conversation of President Vladimir Putin with the media. What matters most is not to agree with him but to observe and feel how impressive the man is, speaking with such ease like a true statesman of exceptional stature. Poised, respectful, caring, President Putin displays vision, holistic geopolitical understanding, empathy, authority, flexibility, openness, together with an outstanding concern with, and talent at explaining to his interlocutors what he thinks… and why. In this case, I consider more particularly his summing up of the situation prevailing with regards to North Korea, together with… Read more »

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

America is like a frog in a well….as long as he has water to swim in and bugs to eat…hes fine…he looks out at the sky and only sees what the well will offer them…a small view…but..if the water drys up and the bugs are gone…that frog will have to leave that well…and when he does he realizes the world is a bigger place than that well…

Scott Robinson
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Scott Robinson

President Putin – echoing the sentiment of another great statesman – Winston Churchill, who is reputed to have remarked at a White House dinner in 1954… “meeting jaw to jaw is better than war”.

It is well known that Americans have always been geographically challenged, but when this extends to presidents, senators and senior diplomats (senile Maxine Waters excepted), is there any hope of doing constructive business with this country?

Jets
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Jets

This should be option 2! Let’s see first how option 1 works, diplomacy.

Stan Stein
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Stan Stein

Comparing what’s going on in the middle east to No. Korea is totally apples and oranges….No. Korea isn’t the Taliban, ISIS, or other Islamic factions trying to, and in fact are, devastating other countries….Kim just has a hardon for America from his Dad’s days….but Putin is partially right, in that we have no business there….of course he is no angel either because he is trying to reassimmilate other countries back into his…Russia is like the Borg in that way…really, what good will the Ukies and the Crimmies be to Russia other than for a power trip. More than ever….people today… Read more »

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