Straight Talk by Russian and Syrian Presidents
No Western leader matches their stature. It shows in how they govern and their public remarks — straight talk, not double-talk like in the West, especially by US officials.
Interviewed on Wednesday, Putin called days of fighting by Armenian and Azerbaijan forces in Nagorno-Karabakh a “huge tragedy.”
Around two million Azeris and Armenians live in Russia.
Russian citizens have friends and family in both countries.
Calling for ceasefire and diplomatic talks to resolve differences, Putin fears that resolution of what’s going on may be “a long way off.”
Along with Russia, Armenia is a Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member state.
Under terms of the treaty, Russia is obligated to help the country militarily if its territory is invaded.
Russian treaty obligations don’t apply to Nagorno-Karabakh.
Putin stressed that Moscow will always “honor its commitments.”
Asked if Washington responded to his his proposed bilateral cyber-security cooperation proposal, Putin said the following:
“Unfortunately, just like with several other Russian initiatives, there was no answer.”
“I consider it a very important matter.”
“At the same time, there are ongoing complaints about Russia’s hyperactivity, alleged hyperactivity, in the information sphere, interference in US elections, and other allegations, which are completely unfounded.”
No evidence suggests that Russia unlawfully interferes in the internal affairs of other countries — what the US, NATO, and Israel do repeatedly.
“(W)e do not interfere,” Putin stressed.
“Everything that is happening in the United States is the result of the country’s internal political processes and problems,” adding:
When the US or other Western countries try “to humiliate or insult (an) incumbent head of state” like himself, it’s counterproductive, he said.
“(T)his actually enhances our prestige, because they are talking about our incredible influence and power.”
“In a way, it could be said that they are playing into our hands…”
“But anyway, as I have already pointed out, this is none of our business.”
Improved Russian relations with the US remain unattainable because its ruling class tolerates no sovereign independent states unwilling to bend to its will.
At the same time, Putin expressed willingness to work with any US president and government.
Wednesday is Putin’s birthday. Born on October 7, 1952, he’s aged-68.
Modestly he said there’s nothing special about the day. It’s “not a national holiday,” he pointed out.
Syria’s Bashar al-Assad has led the country through its hardest of hard times — US forever war for over nine years with no resolution in sight.
When Russia began helping militarily at his request, “it was a very dangerous” time, he said.
“(T)errorists were advancing in different regions of Syria and occupying cities.”
Besides the US, they were supported by “France, the UK, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, in addition to the indirect support from other Western countries.”
Russia’s intervention turned the tide of battle, Assad stressed.
“It would have been difficult to carry out these joint military operations between our two armies, had it not been for the credibility of the Russian Defense Ministry which was made evident by their transparency, clarity and integrity in everything that we agreed and implemented together during the past five years.”
Syrian experience in combatting terrorism dates from the 1950s, Assad explained.
Its current conflict is “unconventional,” jihadists “supported by (the US and other) foreign powers.”
Their fighters are largely “sleeper cells.” Cooperation between Syrian and Russian forces made it possible to liberate most of the country.
Russia’s role in Syria involves combatting terrorism and pursuing “international balance” in contrast to regional and global dominance by one nation over others, Assad explained.
Post-WW II, the US pursued hegemony through forever wars, coups, assassinations, sanctions, and other lawless actions, said Assad.
Trump is “important” for saying “this is what we do.”
“The West is a satellite of the United States, not its partner. They are not independent.”
“The Americans do not accept an independent individual or an independent state.”
They demand subservience from foreign officials even when harming the interests of their countries.
My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”