Putin’s annual yearend straight talk Q & A press conference is unmatched anywhere in the West by its double-talking regimes — notably not in the US.
On Thursday in Moscow” Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, Putin spent nearly four hours answering questions asked by Russian and international journalists.
Stressing that national security is his top priority, he said the following:
“Our actions will depend not on the course of negotiations, but on the unconditional guarantees of Russian national security.”
“We made it clear that NATO’s expansion to the east is unacceptable.”
“The US is on our doorstep with its missiles.”
“How would Americans react if we placed our missiles at the US border with Canada or Mexico?”
“ ‘Not a single inch to the East’, they told us in the nineties.”
“So what? They tricked us.”
“There have been five waves of NATO expansion.”
“Missile systems are appearing in Romania and Poland” that threaten Russia’s security.
“In 1991, we divided our country…”
“(T)his was not enough for” hegemon US and its subservient European vassal states.
“The Soviet Union did everything to build normal relations with the US and West.”
“Specialists from American services were present at our military weapons facilities, went there every day.”
“US advisers and CIA personnel worked with the Russian government.”
“What else did they want? Why did they support terrorist organizations in the Caucasus? What for?”
“It was an attempt” to further balkanize Russia with Washington’s sought control over its partitioned territory if achieved.
Russian/US talks scheduled for early January will focus largely on Moscow’s sought security guarantees.
“We don’t care about negotiations. We want results,” Putin stressed.
He knows, or should know, that whatever Biden regime hardliners may agree to won’t be worth the paper it’s written on — no matter how legally binding.
Toughness is Putin’s only option — short of pushing things for war.
Hegemon USA yields nothing without firmness with teeth.
Diplomacy with its ruling authorities is a waste of time when undertaken.
If Russia takes this approach in upcoming talks with the US, an exercise in futility is virtually guaranteed.
Even if toughness is Moscow’s option of choice, achieving anything positive will be highly unlikely.
It’s because hegemon USA doesn’t negotiate, especially not with nations free from its control.
In dealings on the world stage, its ruling regimes demand, case closed.
They offer nothing in return but empty promises to be breached at a time and way of its choosing.
It’s virtually guaranteed and poses a dilemma for nations like Russia and other sovereign independent ones on relations with the US going forward.
On Ukraine — a Nazi-infested fascist police state subservient to US/Western interests — Putin stressed that despite Moscow’s aim for cooperative relations, it’s been “almost impossible” with it (US-installed) puppet regime.
On endless US-orchestrated and directed Kiev aggression on Donbass, Putin said that the only option is compliance with Minsk I and II conflict resolutions agreements, adding:
Straightaway after their adoption, Kiev “refused” to comply with their provisions — as ordered by its higher power in Washington, he failed to explain but clearly understands.
Following the Obama/Biden regime’s 2014 transformation of democratic Ukraine into a cesspool of fascist tyranny, Putin explained that Moscow’s only choice was to respect the request of Crimea and Sevastopol to join Russia.
He left unexplained why similar requests by the Donbass People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk were denied, a strategic mistake.
Late in the game, he said Russia “must react” against preparations by Ukraine for escalated war on Donbass.
At the same time, he said that the future of Donetsk and Lugansk will be determined by themselves.
On phony claims by Brussels and Kiev that Russia’s Gazprom is responsible for Europe’s energy crisis, Putin said “(t)here is no truth there,” adding:
“This is just an attempt to turn everything upside down again.”
“(T)hey lie all the time” on all things Russia.
Gazprom consistently fulfills its contractual obligations.
It’s supplying as much gas as technologically possible to Europe.
Germany shot itself in the foot by delaying approval of Nord Stream II to become operational.
Following its completed construction in September, 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually to Germany and Europe could have begun to flow.
Instead, obstructionism by Berlin — in cahoots with hegemon USA and Kiev — will likely prevent what it’s able to supply until well into the new year.
According to Putin, “consumers in Europe, in Germany, should know what’s going on, and maybe they should ask responsible authorities to clear things up.”
Notably it’s at a time when gas price futures in Europe are at an all-time high of over-$2,150 per 1,000 cubic meters.
On China, Putin said that Moscow and Beijing have “an absolutely comprehensive partnership of a strategic nature.”
Their relationship “is a major stabilizing factor in the international arena.”
Both countries work together cooperatively on numerous issues.
China is Russia’s “number one partner,” Putin stressed.
He and President Xi Jinping address each other as “friends.”
“We have very trusting relations and it helps us build good business ties as well.”
“We are cooperating in the field of security.”
“The Chinese Army is equipped to a significant extent with the world’s most advanced weapons systems.”
“We are even developing certain high-tech weapons together.”
Both countries are developing their own financial transaction system that excludes use of the dollar and Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT).
Putin called hegemon USA’s boycott of China’s February Winter Olympics “unacceptable.”
Along with the above issues, he discussed others in response to questions asked.
Nonbelligerent, nonthreatening, rule of law observing Russia is unacceptably demonized by the US-controlled West.
It’s because of its anti-imperial agenda and refusal to subordinate its rights and interests to a higher power in Washington.