Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the Valdai International Discussion Club’s 13th annual meeting in Sochi.
Over 130 experts and political analysts from took part in three-day meeting with the title ‘The Future in Progress: Shaping the World of Tomorrow’.
It is always fascinating watching a true statesman like Vladimir Putin speak. He is one of a handful of leaders today who speaks with logic, pragmatism and respect for international law.
Unfortunately US President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and many of the Prime Ministers and Presidents in the American vassal states of Europe cannot speak with the clarity and integrity of Putin, given they have been corrupted to the point of no return.
We are certain that main stream media will avoid Putin’s Valdai speech, as too much realpolitik logic hurts western neo-liberal feelings.
In response to the ridiculous accusations that Russia could influence the US election, Vladimir Putin notes…
“Hysteria has been whipped up in the United States about the influence of Russia over the U.S. presidential election.”
“It’s much simpler to distract people with so-called Russian hackers, spies, and agents of influence. Does anyone really think that Russia could influence the American people’s choice in any way? The number of mythical, dreamt-up problems include the hysteria – I can’t think of another word – that has broken out in the United States about the influence of Russia on the current elections for the US president.”
“Is the US a banana republic?”
“The US is a great power.”
Putin mocks claim that Russia is trying to influence the US elections: “What, is America a banana republic? America is a great power”
— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) October 27, 2016
Regarding the “Russian aggression” hysteria sweeping across western europe and America, Putin said…
“Russia has no intention of attacking anyone, it is ridiculous, foolish and unthinkable. I read your analytical materials prepared not only by those present but also by analysts in the US and Europe. However, it is just unthinkable, silly and unrealistic. In Europe alone, the combined population of NATO countries stands at 300 million, in the US the total population is, probably, 600 million, while in Russia – 146 million. It is just funny to talk about this.”
On the neo-liberal model of world domination championed by Obama and George Soros, Putin said…
“Regrettably, next to nothing has changed for the better in the past months. To be frank, nothing has changed. Contradictions stemming from redistribution of economic power and political influence are only growing.”
“As a matter of fact, the entire globalization project has turned to be in a crisis and voices in Europe are speaking (and we know and hear it well) about the failure of the policy of mulicultiralism.”
“Back then, at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s, there was a chance not only to spur globalization processes but to give them a qualitatively new, harmonious and sustainable character.”
Zerohedge reports further on Putin’s Valdai speech, his words on globalization, global propaganda, the world economy and NATO…
The Russian president stressed globalization should be for all but not only for the select few.
“Obviously, the global community must focus on really topical problems facing the entire humankind, the solution of which will make the world a safer and more stable place and the system of international relations equal and fair,” Putin said.
He said such an approach will make it possible to “make the globalization for the select few turn into globalization for all.”
“I am confident that it is possible to overcome any challenges and threats only together,” Putin stressed.
The president said he regrets that Moscow does not possess such global propaganda techniques as Washington does.
“I would like to have such a propaganda machine in Russia. But, unfortunately, I don’t. We have no such global media as CNN, BBC and some others. We have no such opportunities so far,” Putin said at a session of the Valdai Discussion Club.
The president expects the trend towards regionalization of the world economy will continue. “It is absolutely evident that economic cooperation must be mutually advantageous and be based on general universal principles, so that each state could become a full-fledged participant in the global economic life,” Putin said.
“In the mid-term prospect, the tendency towards regionalization of the global economy will apparently continue, but regional trade agreements should complement, develop, and not substitute universal norms and rules,” the president said.
The global economy is unable to get out of the current systemic crisis and the political and economic principles continue to be reshuffled, Putin stressed.
“The system of international relations remains feverish. The global economy is unable to get out of the systemic crisis. The principles and rules in politics and the economy continue to be reshuffled. Quite often dogmas that until recently had been regarded as fundamentally true are turned inside out,” Putin said.
These days, he said, whenever the powers that be find some standards or rules beneficial, they force everybody else to obey them. However, if at a certain point the very same standards begin to pose obstructions, they are at once sent into the dustbin as outdated and new rules are established.
As an example of that strategy Putin mentioned the missile and bombing strikes against Belgrade and Iraq, then against Libya and Afghanistan. The operation began without a corresponding resolution by the UN Security Council. Some superpowers, the Russian leader said, in their attempts to change the strategic balance of force in their favor have torn down the international legal regime that prohibited the deployment of new missile defense systems. They have created and armed international terrorist groups, whose cruelty is now pushing millions of migrants out of the unsafe areas.
Whole countries are being plunged into chaos. The principles of free trade are trampled on and sanctions are used to exert political pressures.
“We can see the freedom of trade being sacrificed and so-called sanctions being used for exerting political pressures. In bypass of the World Trade Organizations attempts are being made to form closed economic alliances living by harsh rules and putting up firm barriers alliances where dome”
He said that NATO has outlived its usefullness as a structure and on the topic of the escalating proxy war in Syria, Putin had a simple comment: “Our agreements with the US on Syria did not work out.”
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