Vladimir Putin Straight Talk
by Stephen Lendman
A previous article explained Putin says what he means and means what he says. His forthright style follows through responsibly – in contrast to Obama, a serial liar with no credibility whatever.
Putin addressed reporters at Russia’s first Eastern Economic Forum – held from September 3 – 5 in Vladivostok, attended by about 1,500 business officials and other participants from Russia and Asia-Pacific nations.
Putin called the most serious refugee crisis since WW II “absolutely expected. We in Russia, and me personally a few years ago, said it straight that pervasive problems would emerge, if our so-called Western partners (America most of all) continue maintaining their flawed…foreign policy, especially in the regions of the Muslim world, Middle East, North Africa, which they pursue to date.”
Washington’s imperial agenda bears full responsibility for what’s happening. A human refugee flood is the direct result of US wars, its terror bombing campaign, its unwanted presence in a part of the world where it’s despised, and the jihadist proxy army it created to terrorize populations where they’re deployed.
People flee home areas in desperation – undertaking perilous journeys, seeking safe havens, risking everything to find them, anything to survive.
Thousands perish or go missing trying. Ending US direct and proxy wars is the only way to solve the refugee crisis. As long as they continue, the human flood will persist, increase, and overwhelm European countries complicit with US genocidal high crimes.
Germany, France, Italy, Greece and other NATO countries have themselves to blame – reaping the result of partnering with Washington’s imperial agenda. Putin rightly accused them of “blindly following American orders.”
He urged a united front against Islamic State terrorists and likeminded jihadists. He knows they’re a US/Western creation. Defeating them requires no longer recruiting, arming, funding, training and directing them.
Russia has its own refugee problem – the result of Obama’s proxy war on Donbass freedom fighters, using Kiev junta forces to do his dirty work.
Since aggressive war began in April 2014, over a million Ukrainians fled cross-border, seeking safe haven in Russia. Most remained.
They’ve been treated humanely, given “food, shelter and aid,” Putin explained. Over 100,000 applied for and got fast track help for citizenship.
In 2014, Russia had the world’s largest number of asylum seekers. It accepted 90% of requests – compared to European countries agreeing to far fewer numbers, some EU nations going out of their way block refugee entries or treat arrivals horrifically.
From January through August 2015, the European Commission noted an exponentially increasing human refugee flood – over 400,000 seeking refuge in 28 EU member states, a flow perhaps approaching a million within months, five-times the year-ago total, with no end in sight because nations complicit with Washington’s imperial agenda do nothing to responsibly address a major problem demanding resolution, beginning with no longer tolerating endless US wars.
Putin addressed conflict and deplorable internal conditions in Ukraine – saying diplomacy and dialogue with Donbass officials are essential, calling key regime posts held by foreigners “an insult to the Ukrainian people,” revealing a colonized state, not a sovereign one.
Constitutional amendments introduced are “a pretext for escalating the political struggle for power” and continuing endless conflict.
How long will Ukrainians “endure this chaos,” he asked? How long before their “patience” runs out?
World peace depends on containing America’s aggressive agenda. A Sino/Russian alliance is humanity’s best hope for achieving the UN Charter’s goal of “sav(ing) succeeding generations from the scourge of (another global) war.”
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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