Vladimir Putin, Syria’s Pacifier-in-Chief – Global Research


24-10-19 02:06:00,

The negotiations in Sochi were long – over six hours – tense and tough. Two leaders in a room with their interpreters and several senior Turkish ministers close by if advice was needed. The stakes were immense: a road map to pacify northeast Syria, finally.

The press conference afterwards was somewhat awkward – riffing on generalities. But there’s no question that in the end Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan managed the near impossible.

The Russia-Turkey deal establishes a safe zone along the Syrian-Turkish border – something Erdogan had been gunning for since 2014. There will be joint Russia-Turkey military patrols. The Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units), part of the rebranded, US-aligned Syrian Democratic Forces, will need to retreat and even disband, especially in the stretch between Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn, and they will have to abandon their much-cherished urban areas such as Kobane and Manbij.  The Syrian Arab Army will be back in the whole northeast. And Syrian territorial integrity – a Putin imperative – will be preserved.

This is a Syria-Russia-Turkey win-win-win – and, inevitably, the end of a separatist-controlled Syrian Kurdistan. Significantly, Erdogan’s spokesman Fahrettin Altun stressed Syria’s “territorial integrity” and “political unity.” That kind of rhetoric from Ankara was unheard of until quite recently.

Putin immediately called Syrian President Bashar al Assad to detail the key points of the memorandum of understanding. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov once again stressed Putin’s main goal – Syrian territorial integrity – and the very hard work ahead to form a Syrian Constitutional Committee for the legal path towards a still-elusive political settlement.

Russian military police and Syrian border guards are already arriving to monitor the imperative YPG withdrawal – all the way to a depth of 30 kilometers from the Turkish border. The joint military patrols are tentatively scheduled to start next Tuesday.

On the same day this was happening in Sochi, Assad was visiting the frontline in Idlib – a de facto war zone that the Syrian army, allied with Russian air power, will eventually clear of jihadi militias, many supported by Turkey until literally yesterday. That graphically illustrates how Damascus, slowly but surely, is recovering sovereign territory after eight and a half years of war.

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Vladimir Putin’s interview with The Financial Times | The Vineyard of the Saker


30-06-19 07:28:00,

Lionel Barber: Mr President, you head for Osaka shortly as the senior statesman at the G20. Nobody has been to so many international meetings of this grouping and the G7 over the last 20 years while you have been in charge of Russia. Before we talk about the G20 agenda and what you hope to achieve, we know that there are rising tensions between America and China in trade, the risk of conflict in the Gulf. I would be very grateful if you could talk a bit about how you have seen the world change over the last 20 years while you have been in power.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: First, I have not been in power for all these 20 years. As you may know, I was Prime Minister for four years, and that is not the highest authority in the Russian Federation. But nevertheless, I have been around for a long time in government and in the upper echelons, so I can judge what is changing and how. In fact, you just said it yourself, asking what has changed and how. You mentioned the trade wars and the Persian Gulf developments. I would cautiously say the situation has not changed for the better, but I remain optimistic to a certain extent. But, to put it bluntly, the situation has definitely become more dramatic and explosive.

Lionel Barber: Do you believe that the world now has become more fragmented?

Vladimir Putin: Of course, because during the Cold War, the bad thing was the Cold War. It is true. But there were at least some rules that all participants in international communication more or less adhered to or tried to follow. Now, it seems that there are no rules at all. In this sense, the world has become more fragmented and less predictable, which is the most important and regrettable thing.

Lionel Barber: We will return to this theme of the world without rules, fragmentation, more transactional. But first, Mr President, tell us what you want to achieve in Osaka, in terms of your relationships with these other parties? What are your main goals for the summit?

Vladimir Putin: I would very much like all the participants in this event, and the G20, in my opinion,

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Vladimir Putin Wants You to Do Your Own Thinking – That’s All | New Eastern Outlook


26-06-19 09:22:00,


What does Putin really want? Well, whatever it is I just hope the New York Times will finally get the Russian leader’s master plan for humanity right soon. Another story in the world’s most famous newspaper has me wondering if anybody to the west of Lavry, in Pskov Oblast has a clue. Here are some notes on the most recent misinterpretation of Russian policy.

I am sorry to say, I cannot tell you exactly what the most recent New York Times Putin profile says, because I reached my free limit of articles and was asked to pay $1 per week to be a subscriber. If only the publishers there in New York could stop forcing liberal world order propaganda down my throat, $4 dollars a month might be a good price. Sadly, this most recent Putin demonization can only go out to publisher A.G. Sulzberger’s devoted news zombies. The good news for NEO readers is, other liberal elite news outlets are accessible to the general public.

The Atlantic, in another a story in February of 2018 entitled “What Putin Really Wants,” tried to convince readers that Vladimir Putin is just a lucky former KGB agent who just so happens to make complete fools out of most of the rest of the world’s leadership. The author, Russia basher Julia Ioffe uses about half a billion words to create feasibility into a bullshit Russophobia narrative. After the author skillfully blends some basic truth into a compound lie involving Putin haters like Alexey Navalny and Olga Romanov, who’s a director of the anti-Putin civil rights organization Jailed Russia. It’s amazing for me that the only people who seem to know about Vladimir Putin’s diabolical plans and what he wants are the people farthest away. The Atlantic and the New York Times never seem to even ask the Russia leader what’s he’s up to. It would all be funny if world order agents like Julia Ioffe were not sick psychopaths who will use anything to destroy Putin and Russia. Few will recall her sick portrayal of Moscow terror events in “The Moscow bombings don’t matter.” No wonder U.S. President Donald Trump called her “some kind of a sick woman”. But let’s move on past Israel stooges.

In 2015 the Brookings Institute did not ask what Putin is after,

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Vladimir Poetin, adres aan de Russische Federale Assemblee, door Vladimir Poetin


26-02-19 08:20:00,

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Collega’s, Rusland is en blijft een soevereine en onafhankelijke staat. Dit is een gegeven. Het zal dat zijn of simpelweg ophouden te bestaan. We moeten dit duidelijk begrijpen. Zonder soevereiniteit kan Rusland geen staat zijn. Sommige landen kunnen dit, maar niet Rusland.

Het bouwen van relaties met Rusland betekent samenwerken om oplossingen te vinden voor de meest complexe zaken in plaats van te proberen oplossingen op te leggen. We maken geen geheim van onze prioriteiten voor het buitenlands beleid. Deze omvatten het versterken van vertrouwen, het tegengaan van wereldwijde bedreigingen, het bevorderen van samenwerking in de economie, handel, onderwijs, cultuur, wetenschap en technologie, en het faciliteren van contacten van mens tot mens. Deze principes vormen de basis van ons werk binnen de VN, het Gemenebest van Onafhankelijke Staten, evenals binnen de Groep van 20, BRICS en de Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Wij geloven in het belang van het bevorderen van nauwere samenwerking binnen de Unie, Rusland en Wit-Rusland (Belarus), met inbegrip van nauwe buitenlandse politiek en economische coördinatie. Samen met onze integratiepartners in de Euraziatische Economische Unie zullen we doorgaan met het creëren van gemeenschappelijke markten en stimuleringsinspanningen. Dit omvat het implementeren van de beslissingen om de activiteiten van de EAEU te coördineren met China’s Belt and Road-initiatief op weg naar een groter Euraziatisch partnerschap.

De gelijkwaardige en wederzijds bevordelijke betrekkingen van Rusland met China dienen op dit moment als een belangrijke factor van stabiliteit in internationale aangelegenheden en in termen van Euraziatische veiligheid, en biedt een model van productieve economische samenwerking. Rusland hecht veel belang aan het realiseren van het potentieel van het bijzondere bevoorrechte strategische partnerschap met India. We zullen de politieke dialoog en de economische samenwerking met Japan blijven bevorderen. Rusland staat klaar om met Japan te werken aan het vinden van wederzijds aanvaardbare voorwaarden voor het ondertekenen van een vredesverdrag. We zijn voornemens de banden met de Associatie van Zuidoost-Aziatische staten te versterken.

We hopen ook dat de Europese Unie en de grote Europese landen eindelijk daadwerkelijke stappen zullen nemen om de politieke en economische betrekkingen met Rusland weer op de rails te krijgen. Mensen in deze landen kijken uit naar samenwerking met Rusland, waaronder bedrijven, kleine en middelgrote ondernemingen en Europese bedrijven in het algemeen. Het spreekt voor zich dat dit onze gemeenschappelijke belangen dient.

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Vladimir Putin: 2019 State Of The Union Address To Russia’s Federal Assembly (Full Text)


21-02-19 04:16:00,

This is the official translation of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s State of the Union Address to Russia’s Federal Assembly as first published by the Kremlin’s website.

Members of the Federation Council, State Duma deputies, citizens of Russia,

Today’s Address is primarily devoted to matters of domestic social and economic development. I would like to focus on the objectives set forth in the May 2018 Executive Order and detailed in the national projects. Their content and the targets they set are a reflection of the demands and expectations of Russia’s citizens. People are at the core of the national projects, which are designed to bring about a new quality of life for all generations. This can only be achieved by generating momentum in Russia’s development.

These are long-term objectives that we have set for ourselves. However, work to achieve these strategic goals has to begin today. Time is always in short supply, as I have already said on numerous occasions, and you all know this all too well. There is simply no time for getting up to speed or making any adjustments. All in all, I believe that we have already completed the stage of articulating objectives and outlining tools for achieving our goals. Departing from the targets that were outlined would be unacceptable. It is true that these are challenging objectives. That being said, lowering the requirements for specific targets or watering them down is not an option. As I have already said, these are formidable challenges that require us to undertake major efforts. However, they are in step with the scale and pace of global change. It is our duty to keep pushing ahead and gaining momentum.

If someone prefers to work in the business as usual mode, without challenges, avoiding initiative or responsibility, they had better leave immediately. I already hear that some things are “impossible,” “too difficult,” “the standards are too high,” and “it will not work.” With such an attitude, you had better stay away.

Besides, you cannot fool the people. They are acutely aware of hypocrisy, lack of respect or any injustice. They have little interest in red tape and bureaucratic routine. It is important for people to see what is really being done and the impact it has on their lives and the lives of their families.

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Vladimir Putin visits Serbia, as NATO encircles the country it attacked in 1999 (Video)


20-01-19 04:16:00,

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official visit to Serbia.

Putin met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to further develop bilateral trade and economic relations, as well as discuss pressing regional issues including the possibility of extending the Turkish Stream gas pipeline into Serbia, and the dangerous situation around Kosovo.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin got a hero’s welcome in Belgrade. The one-day visit to the last holdout against NATO’s ambitions in the Balkans may have been somewhat short on substance, but was certainly loaded with symbolism.

Even before he landed, the Russian leader was given an honor guard by Serbian air force MiGs, a 2017 gift from Moscow to replace those destroyed by NATO during the 1999 air campaign that ended with the occupation of Serbia’s province of Kosovo. Russia has refused to recognize Kosovo’s US-backed declaration of independence, while the US and EU have insisted on it.

Upon landing, Putin began his first official trip of 2019 by paying respects to the Soviet soldiers who died liberating Belgrade from Nazi occupation in 1944. While most Serbians haven’t forgotten their historical brotherhood in arms with Russia, it did not hurt to remind the West just who did the bulk of the fighting against Nazi Germany back in World War II.

After official talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Putin visited the Church of St. Sava, the grand Orthodox basilica set on the spot where the Ottoman Turks torched the remains of the first Serbian archbishop back in 1594, in an effort to maintain power.

Sava, whose brother Stefan became the “first-crowned” king of medieval Serbia, was responsible for setting up the autocephalous Serbian Orthodox Church exactly eight centuries ago this year. For all its own troubles, the Serbian Church has sided with Moscow in the current Orthodox schism over Ukraine.

Russian artisans have been working on the grand mosaic inside the basilica, and asked Putin to complete the design by placing the last three pieces, in the colors of the Russian flag.

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President Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference December 20, 2018 | The Vineyard of the Saker


21-12-18 08:46:00,

President  Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference

December 20, 2018

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues, friends.

Let us begin our traditional end-of-year meeting that we call a news conference.

As always, I will spend just a few brief seconds to sum up the results of the outgoing year. A lot has been said already, but I have the latest data reflecting the most recent results, some just a couple of days old.

In the first nine months of 2018, GDP increased by 1.7 percent, while the Economic Development Ministry expects the annual increase to total 1.8 percent. Industrial output was growing at a faster pace, totalling 2.9 percent in the first ten months of 2018, with the annual results expected at 3 percent, up from a 2.1 percent growth in 2017. In addition, processing industries have been growing at a somewhat faster pace of 3.2 percent.

In the first three quarters fixed capital investment increased by 4.1 percent. Cargo shipments and retail trade are on the rise, having increased by 2.6 percent. Consumer demand growth has been apparent. This is a positive factor. After a lengthy interval, the population’s real income has shown some, albeit very moderate, growth. According to the latest statistics, real incomes will increase by 0.5 percent. I hope that this momentum will be maintained, since real pay levels are on the rise, having grown by 7.4 percent in the first nine months, which is expected to give us 6.9 or 7 percent by the end of the year.

Inflation remains at an acceptable level, although it has increased a little in the past week, by 0.5 percent, I think. Therefore, we will be able to reach the Central Bank’s reference rate of 4 percent and will have an inflation rate of 4.1 percent to 4.2 percent – somewhere just over 4 percent.

The unemployment rate is going down, which is good news. If last year it hit a historical low of 5.2 percent, this year it will be even lower – 4.8 percent.

The trade balance surplus is growing. In 2017, if you remember, it was around $115 billion. Over the three quarters of this year we already achieved $157 million.

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Vladimir Putin: Statements on National Security, Terrorism, Meetings with Donald Trump, Nuclear Weapons, Russian Identity – Global Research

Vladimir Putin: Statements on National Security, Terrorism, Meetings with Donald Trump, Nuclear Weapons, Russian Identity – Global Research

22-10-18 11:57:00,

This speech by Vladimir Putin coincides with the commencement of the largest NATO war games in Scandinavia, the Baltic states and Eastern Europe since the end of the Cold War.

It also coincides with Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF agreement, signed by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and President Ronald Reagan in 1987. 

Meanwhile, major changes in military alliances are occurring, with several of America’s staunchest allies establishing military cooperation agreements with Russia and China.  

The World is at a dangerous crossroads.

Russia is presented by the Western media as a threat to Global Security.

Below are selected statements from Putin’s speech focussing on a number of issues. 

Putin addresses the war in Syria and the defeat of terrorism. He also focusses on the anti-Russian campaign in the US, Britain and the EU.

He recalls his meetings with Donald Trump.

He outlines in detail Russia’s military capabilities as well as Moscow’s strategies in the case of an attack directed against the Russia Federation.

It is important to assess the statements of Vladimir Putin in relation to the  ongoing geopolitical crisis. .

To read the complete transcript published by Valdai, click here

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, October 22, 2018


Vladimir Putin took part in the plenary session of the 15th anniversary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club.  in Sochi on October 18. This year’s theme is The World We Will Live In: Stability and Development in the 21st Century.

The plenary session moderator is Fyodor Lukyanov, Research Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club. 


Plenary session moderator Fyodor Lukyanov: Good afternoon, friends,

Let’s begin our final session. As per tradition, we have President of Russia Vladimir Putin here as our guest.

Plenary session moderator Fyodor Lukyanov: Good afternoon, friends,

Let’s begin our final session.

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Vladimir Putin gegen Armin Wolf – Das Interview

Vladimir Putin gegen Armin Wolf – Das Interview

05-06-18 01:28:00,

By World Economic ForumCopyright by World Economic ForumPhoto by Remy Steinegger [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Gestern hat der ORF einen selbst geschaffenen Skandal gesendet: Armin Wolf interviewte 54 Minuten lang Wladimir Putin. Dabei konnte man sich viele untergriffige Fragen Wolfs anhören – und die genialen Konter Putins. Es ging um Österreich, Russland, Trump, Nordkorea, die Ukraine und Giftgaseinsätze in Syrien. Aber auch um die westliche Doppelmoral. Und darum, wie man Interviews nicht führt.

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FPÖ und EU

Am Anfang fragte Wolf, ob Putin die ÖVP-FPÖ Regierung mit seiner ersten Amtsreise nach Österreich belohne. Der Präsident entgegnete, dass man ein Land wie Österreich nicht belohnen müsse und er dessen Neutralität sehr schätze. Eine besondere Beziehung zur FPÖ gäbe es nicht, diese sei rein parteipolitisch. Er würde auch gerne bessere Beziehungen zu anderen österreichischen Parteien unterhalten. Bei dem Thema EU konfrontierte Wolf Putin mit dem Vorwurf, er wolle die EU destabilisieren. Der russische Präsident hingegen betonte, dass die EU weiterhin der größte Handels- und Wirtschaftspartner Russlands ist. Daher will Russland ein stabiles Europa sowie einen Ausbau der Beziehungen. Ein besseres Verhältnis werde aber zur Zeit durch die Sanktionen gegen Russland untergraben.

Ein Koch, der Wahlen manipuliert?

Ins Absurde glitt das Interview schließlich ab, als Wolf Putin nach seinem Verhältnis zum Restaurantbesitzer Jewgeni Prigoschin fragte, der angeblich die Wahlen in Amerika manipuliert habe. Der sichtlich amüsierte Russe antwortete, dass Wolf doch nicht ernsthaft glauben könne, dass ein Gastronom die Wahlen in den USA im Alleingang manipuliert habe. Angesprochen auf sein Verhältnis zu Trump gab Putin zu Protokoll, dass er mit ihm regelmäßig telefoniere. In der Bekämpfung des internationalen Terrorismus arbeite man zusammen. Ein gemeinsames Gipfeltreffen sei leider durch die innenpolitische Situation in den USA unmöglich.

Die Ukraine und warum aus einem Interview fast ein Monolog wurde

Als das Gespräch schließlich auf die Ukraine kam, wurde der russische Präsident von Wolf pausenlos unterbrochen. Dabei wusste er sich aber zu wehren: Auf die Frage Putins, ob in der Ukraine nun ein bewaffneter Putsch stattgefunden hatte, wirkte Wolf hilflos. Dabei legte er schlüssig dar, dass Russland auf der Krim dem Völkerrecht entsprechend gehandelt habe und diese niemals zurückgeben werde.

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Vladimir Putin re-elected Russia’s President in landslide win

Vladimir Putin re-elected Russia’s President in landslide win

19-03-18 01:24:00,

This article first appeared on RussiaFeed

With over 80% of the votes counted incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin is steamrolling towards an even bigger landslide win than predicted in the Russian Presidential election in which he is seeking re-election.

Russia’s Central Election Commission puts Putin’s share of the vote at over 76% – even more than had been predicted – with Pavel Grudinin, the Communist Party’s candidate, a very distant second at 12%.

The exact size of the turnout is not yet clear, but it appears to be 67%, roughly in line with the 65% turnout in the previous Presidential election of 2012, suggesting that very few Russian voters in the end heeded the call of the liberal ‘non-system’ opposition leader Alexey Navalny for a boycott.

Here are a few preliminary thoughts about this election:

(1) Vladimir Putin commands overwhelming public support in Russia.

This is a reality that many in the West deny.  However in what was an election with very few reported violations administered by a Central Election Commission headed by the prominent and well respected ‘system’ liberal Ella Pamfilova Putin has won by an overwhelming landslide.

Suffice to say that even if every Russian eligible to vote in the election who didn’t vote had done so, bringing turnout up to an impossible 100%, and even if every one of those Russians had voted for someone else than Putin, which is also impossible, he would still have won around 50% of the vote, making it a certainty that he would be re-elected President of Russia, though perhaps in a run-off.

In reality many and probably most Russians who did not vote in the election would have voted for Putin if they had voted, increasing the number of Russians who would have voted for him even more.

The simple fact should be faced: at this particular point in their history Vladimir Putin is the political leader the Russian people overwhelmingly support.  Even Ksenia Sobchak – the liberal ‘non-system’ candidate who stood against him in the election – admits it.  So should the West.

(2) The Communist Party is Russia’s main opposition party

If Vladimir Putin won an overwhelming victory over all other candidates Pavel Grudinin – the Communist Party’s candidate – still contrived to win twice as many votes (12% of the vote) as his nearest rival Vladimir Zhirinovsky (6% of the vote),

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