by Stephen Lendman
December 21, 2015
straightforwardness make his remarks in interviews and addresses
important to note.
Despite his continued efforts for
normalized East/West relations, Washington remains a major stumbling
Obama and John Kerry say
one thing. US policy is entirely different, including pressuring
other nations to go along with its agenda, no matter the harm to
"Europe's problem is that it doesn't
have an independent foreign policy," Putin explained.
Its nations refuse to assert their
sovereign rights when it comes to East/West relations, bowing to
On Monday, EU officials announced renewed sanctions on Russia for
another six months.
According to the
European Council Website,
"(o)n 21 December 2015, the Council
prolonged EU economic sanctions against Russia until 31 July
No objections were made to a decision
taken in Brussels on Friday.
Moscow maintains its own embargo on
various EU agricultural products in response.
Some EU officials publicly acknowledge the ineffectiveness and
foolhardiness of measures needlessly harming both sides. European
nations wanting normalized relations foolishly take orders from
Putin accused Europe of,
"abandon(ing) part of its
sovereignty… to NATO's leading country, the United States" -
shooting itself in the foot in the process.
His comments are aired in a new
documentary film, titled "World
He addressed the danger of nuclear
weapons, saying Russia,
"would never swing its nuclear club
"I hope no person is insane enough on planet earth who would
dare to use nuclear weapons," understanding America's rage for
war, its earlier use of these weapons, suggesting this option
remains a possible future option.
Putin strongly supports nation-state
sovereignty, firmly against any nations interfering in the internal
affairs of others except in self-defense if attacked.
"The most important thing is not to
undermine legitimate governments, not to destroy their statehood
even if it appears to be imperfect," he said.
"I think that no one should ever impose any values, which he/she
considers to be correct, on others. We have our own values and
our own ideas about justice" - in all cases strictly observing
inviolable international law.
Clearly indicating Washington, he said
some countries "lost a sense of reality," attempting to force their
will on Russia, a futile strategy impossible to achieve.
"It is essential for future
development to build relations of the so-called geopolitical
struggle. The fight is inevitable and it is normal. It is only
necessary to conduct it in compliance with the civilized rules."
"In relation to Ukraine and the post-Soviet countries in
general, I am convinced that the position of our Western
partners - Europe and the US - is not to do with the protection
of Ukraine's interests, but with attempts to prevent the
re-creation of the Soviet Union.
And nobody wants to believe us that
Russia doesn't aim to re-create the Soviet Union."
US-led unipolarity is dead...
Washington isn't willing to admit it.
Hostile relations toward Russia persist. Nothing suggests softening
ahead - based on policies in place, not rhetoric, at all times
deceptive out of the mouths of US officials.
Putin remains firm on combating the scourge of terrorism and
supporting sovereign Syrian rights, its people alone to
decide their future, not foreign powers.
Separately, he sees no change in Moscow/Kiev relations. Washington's
coup was disastrous.
Conditions for Ukrainians are
"(P)ower is in in the hands of
(hugely corrupt) oligarchs," bleeding the nation dry. "(D)industrialization
of Ukraine is in full swing."
He expects deteriorating economic
relations with Kiev next year.
He signed a decree suspending Russia's
free trade with its neighbor, effective January 01.
"(W)e decided not to work with
Ukraine as a member of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent
States) free trade zone," Putin explained.
At the same time, he won't impose
Trilateral EU, Kiev, Moscow talks were last held on December 01.
Russia's Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said
all sides failed to achieve a mutually acceptable agreement.
Putin continues going all-out for world peace and stability -
impossible as long as Washington's rage for war remains