The destabilizing West and the costs of the war with Ukraine: Putin delivered a speech in Valdai (video)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin simultaneously shifted the responsibility for the war in Ukraine to Western countries Europe and the USA, and at the same time argued that with its help a new world order would be established. In addition, he publicly acknowledged for almost the first time that the war in Ukraine had brought losses to the Russian Federation.
The Russian leader said all this while speaking at a plenary session of the Valdai International Discussion Club on Thursday, October 27. Focuscollected the most significant for its readers from the speech of the President of Russia.
“The West is fomenting war in Ukraine”
“The West is always playing to aggravate: fomenting a war in Ukraine, aggravating the situation around Taiwan, intensifying the energy crisis and destroying gas pipelines,” Putin said.
In addition, Putin criticized the initiative of Western countries to resolve the destabilization in the world, which was provoked by the full-scale aggression of the Russian Federation towards Ukraine. According to the Russian president, “the rules-based order proposed by the West is designed to give him the opportunity to live without rules at all.”
Putin on the next decade
The Russian president believes that soon “new centers of the world order” will appear (Putin did not specify which ones), with which the countries of Europe and the United States will have to talk about the future.
“There are two ways for humanity now – either to continue to accumulate a burden of problems or still find a solution together,” Putin said.
He also lamented that the collapse of the Soviet Union was once a historical mistake. According to Putin, the acquisition of independence by the union republics “destroyed the balance of geopolitical forces”.
Dostoevsky and gold and foreign exchange reserves: because of what the Russian Federation was “offended” by the West
During his speech at the International At the Valdai Discussion Club, Putin again threatened states that do not agree with the aggressive international policy of the Russian Federation.
He believes that Russia has failed and will never succeed in being destroyed and “brushed” off the geopolitical map. In addition, the Russian president bluntly stated that no one has the right to dictate to his people what kind of society and on what foundations they should build.
Speaking about the place of the Russian Federation on the world political map, Putin again began to blame the European states and the United States. The reason is supposedly attempts to “ban” and “cancel” Russian culture. In particular, the works of the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The Russian president even called this writer, who mainly describes deviations and vices in his works, “a world genius.”
“History will put everything in its place and cancel not the greatest geniuses of world culture, but those who control them according to discretion,” the President of the Russian Federation again resorted to threats.
“Tsap-scratch – and the West pocketed our gold and foreign exchange reserves,” the Russian leader said.
The Russian-Ukrainian war: Putin confessed to the “costs”
Putin called what is happening in Ukraine and other events part of the “tectonic changes” in the world order.
However, for almost the first time in front of a wide audience, he spoke about Russia's losses in the war with Ukraine.
“We have costs and, above all, this concerns the NMD (meaning Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine – ed.), there are economic losses,” Putin said.
Besides, Putin thinks he has found a way to put pressure on the G20 countries. The Russian president will put pressure on the G20 member countries with a grain deal.