Saturday, October 25, 2014

Putin’s Valdai speech one of most important foreign policy statements (Financial Times)

The speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Valdai Club in Sochi on Friday was one of the most important foreign policy statements since he surprised the West in Munich in 2007, the Financial Times has reported. 

“Putin on Friday accused the US of undermining the post-Cold War world order, warning that without efforts to establish a new system of global governance the world could collapse into anarchy and chaos,” the FT reporter Neil Buckley wrote.

At the Munich Conference on Security Policy in February 2007, Putin accused the United States of “overstepping its boundaries in every way” and creating new dividing lines in Europe, the report says.

Putin’s address at the Valdai Discussion Club, which unites leading world political analysts and experts, is one of his anti-US speeches in 15 years as Russia’s most powerful politician, Buckley wrote.

At the same time, Putin signaled that he believes that “the US and Russia should draw a line under recent events and sit down with other big economies to redesign the system of global governance along “multipolar” lines.”

“The strength of Mr Putin’s language also took US listeners aback,” the journalist wrote.
In his Valdai speech, Putin said he does not consider the United States a threat to Moscow, while saying that Washington’s erroneous policies harm mutual interests and trust. The Russian leader also said that the Western sanctions against Moscow amid the Ukrainian crisis are a mistake that affect everyone.
  • Putin calls for restoration of intl systems, accuses US dictatorship

Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday accused the US "unilateral dictatorship and enforcement of western models" of bringing about escalation of conflicts and expanding chaos, saying that the world needs "new global consensus of responsible forces" to "restore the effectiveness of the international and regional institutions system."

Since all countries in the world are confronted with similar problems, international cooperation and coordination is the " logical way" to solve them, Putin said at the annual Valdai International Discussion Club meeting in Sochi, a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

Putin said that Moscow is not going to seal itself off the rest of the world, taking Russia's cooperation with the Asian-Pacific countries as a proof.

"Moscow has realized that the world has changed. We are ready to heed the changes and make adjustments. But we will not permit total neglect of our interests and never will," Itar-Tass news agency quoted Putin as saying.

Outside pressure would only consolidate the Russian society, Putin said, adding that Russia is a self-sufficient country that will be working in any economic conditions.

Meanwhile, Putin accused the U.S. of its "omnipresent" involvement into global affairs. "Does the way the U.S. implements its leadership bring benefits? Do its omnipresent interventions in all global affairs bring peace and welfare, progress and democracy? No."

Putin said that ambitions of the U.S. and its allies have grown to a degree that they started to be presented as the opinion of the entire international community.

As the existing system of global and regional security is " seriously weakened, shattered and deformed," it seems the U.S. and its allies, who declared themselves as the Cold War "winners", are determined to reshape the world into a place that could better serve their interests alone, according to Putin.

  • "The 'Cold War' is over. But it did not end with peace. ( Neither did it end with) a transparent and clear agreement on new rules and standards," Putin said.

The president added that it is necessary to draw a line between the collective actions of the world community of safeguarding security and human rights and the principles of national sovereignty and non-interference in any country's internal affairs.

  • Moreover, Putin pointed at the western sanctions against Moscow as examples of the actions which undermine the world trade basis and liberal model of globalization.

  • Putin warned that the sanctions, as well as any attempts to revive old-time methods of global rule, will backfire on the U.S., leading to the global anarchy.

  • Discords between Moscow and Washington are reckless and jeopardize global strategic stability, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

The Valdai International Discussion Club meeting is an international framework for the leading experts from around the world to debate on Russia and its role in the world.


  1. President Vladimir Putin said Friday that the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place because of U.S. attempts to enforce its will on other countries and that his nation will not comply....

    In an emotional speech before international political experts, Putin unleashed scathing criticism on the United States for what he called its disregard of international law and unilateral use of force.

    If the United States fails to abandon its “desire of eternal domination,” then “hopes for peaceful and stable development will be illusory, and today’s upheavals will herald the collapse of global world order,” Putin said during a meeting that lasted about three hours in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

    His voice strained with anger, Putin accused the U.S. and its allies of trying to “tailor the world exclusively to their needs” since the end of the Cold War, using economic pressure and military force and often supporting extremist groups to achieve their goals.

    He cited the wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria as examples of flawed moves that have led to chaos and left Washington and its allies “fighting against the results of their own policy.”

    “They are throwing their might to remove the risks they have created themselves, and they are paying an ever increasing price,” Putin said.

    “Unilateral diktat and attempts to enforce their own cliche on others bring opposite results: escalation of conflicts instead of their settlement, widening area of chaos in place of stable sovereign states, support for dubious elements from open neo-Nazis to Islamic radicals instead of democracy.”

    He said that Russia has been cold-shouldered by the West, despite its eagerness to cooperate.........

  2. Putin Accuses U.S. of Trying to Build World Order Around Its Interests ...

    Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the U.S. on Friday of endangering global security by imposing a "unilateral diktat" on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis onto the West.

    In a 40-minute diatribe against the West that was reminiscent of the Cold War and underlined the depth of the rift between Moscow and the West, Putin also denied trying to rebuild the Soviet empire at the expense of Russia's neighbors.

    "We did not start this," Putin told an informal group of experts on Russia that includes many Western specialists critical of him, warning that Washington was trying to "remake the whole world" based on its own interests.

    "Statements that Russia is trying to reinstate some sort of empire, that it is encroaching on the sovereignty of its neighbors, are groundless," the former KGB agent declared in a speech delivered standing at a podium, without a smile, in a ski resort in mountains above the Black Sea city of Sochi.

    Listing a series of conflicts in which he faulted U.S. actions, including Libya, Syria and Iraq, Putin asked whether Washington's policies had strengthened peace and democracy.

    "No," he declared. "The unilateral diktat and the imposing of schemes [on others] have exactly the opposite effect."

    Putin, 62, has stepped up anti-Western rhetoric since returning to the Kremlin as president in 2012, helping push up his popularity ratings since the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March.

    Even so, the speech was one of the most hostile Putin has delivered against the West and it appeared partly intended to show Russian voters he will stand up to the rest of the world and defend their interests.

    The criticisms of a world order dominated by Washington, more than two decades after the Cold War, recalled a 2007 speech in Munich in which Putin shocked the West by lambasting Washington's "unipolar" world view. The speech prompted many Western leaders to reassess their view of Putin..................

  3. Vladimir Putin's major statement at a meeting of the Valdai Club ...

    Russian President Vladimir Putin sharply criticized the US and its allies, effectively accusing them of destroying the existing system of international security. Thus the main task of international politics, Putin said the construction of a new system of global consensus that no new conflicts will erupt.

    Putin gave a clear signal that Russia, in spite of the sanctions and the cooling of relations with Western states, has no intention of retreating from the world and is ready for a dialogue with the West to normalize economic relations. Russia insists on continuing negotiations to reduce nuclear arsenals and ready for substantive discussion on nuclear disarmament. According to the President, the conflict in the Ukraine, which became the cause of the current cooling of relations between Russia and the West, is an example of how the state of internal instability is at the intersection of the interests of the major world powers, devoid of effective mechanisms for balancing the ambitions of world players.

    About World Order

    According to Putin, the unipolar world has shown to be ineffective. "Such an unstable structure has proven its inability to deal effectively with such genuine threat as regional conflicts, terrorism, drug trafficking, religious bigotry, chauvinism and Nazism, - said Russian President. - It is inherently unipolar world - an apologia of the dictatorship, and over the people, and over the nations. "

    Putin criticized the US efforts in recent years virtually recreate a confrontation between two political systems, moving from hard to manage a unipolar world to "kvazidvupolyarnomu world."............Read more:

  4. Russischer Vorwurf des "Vormachtstrebens": USA weisen Putins Kritik zurück ...

    Die USA haben die scharfe Kritik von Russlands Präsident Wladimir Putin zurückgewiesen: "Die Vereinigten Staaten suchen keine Konfrontation mit Russland", sagte Außenamtssprecherin Jen Psaki. Aber man werde nicht zurückweichen, wenn es "um die Prinzipien geht, auf denen die Sicherheit in Europa und in Nordamerika ruht". Man werde an der Souveränität und an der territorialen Integrität der Ukraine festhalten.

    Putin hatte den Vereinigten Staaten "Vormachtstreben" vorgeworfen. Dies sei eine Gefahr für den Weltfrieden, sagte er bei einer Rede in Sotschi. Das "einseitige Diktat" Washingtons führe zu einer Verschärfung von Konflikten und zur Entwicklung radikaler Regime, so der russische Staatschef. "Statt einer Lösung von Konflikten gibt es eine Eskalation, statt souveränen Staaten eine wachsende Sphäre des Chaos, statt Demokratie eine Unterstützung zweifelhafter Gruppen - von offenen Neonazis bis zu islamistischen Radikalen."................

  5. Putin’s Valdai speech reflects Russia’s ‘strategic clarity, coherent policy’ ...

    Putin's speech at the Valdai Club reflects Russia’s overall strategic clarity of thought and a coherent long-term policy of resistance to the American monopolar unilateralism, foreign affairs analyst Srdja Trifkovic told RT.

    RT: Apart from the very strong rhetoric, Putin said that Russia does not really see a strong menace on the part of the US, do you think Washington might stop seeing Moscow as a threat?

    Srdja Trifkovic: No, I think US policy is guided by the geopolitical intentions, strategic design to surround and squeeze Russia at every point and if possible in the fullness of time to engineer regime change in Moscow. So the US policy and Western policy in general which is really the result of what US dictates to the Europeans, are not a result of a general perception of a Russian threat, rather they are guided by a long term geopolitical game which hasn't changed since the Cold War.

    RT: Why do you think it has not changed towards Russia?

    ST: Because in essence the Washingtonian policy makers do not see any difference in terms of geopolitical enemy whether it is the USSR or whether it is Russia. And effectively they really look upon Russia as the 'other' not only in political but also in terms of cultural and emotional terms. And that is why you have such a strong, strident anti-Russian rhetoric at all levels of the Western establishment, whether it is politics or media.

    RT: Do you think if the Western leadership acted differently towards Russia, then we would see a different stance from Putin?

    ST: Oh, absolutely, because all along Russia has been responding to different signals from the West in an appropriate manner. When the rhetoric from the reset was all the range then we have seen a very reconciliatory action from the Russians. ...............


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