Remember lessons we taught Hitler’: Top 10 quotes from Putin’s State of Nation address
‘Remember lessons we taught Hitler’: Top 10 quotes from Putin’s State of Nation address
Edited time: December 04, 2014 20:58
In his yearly address to parliamentarians and dignitaries, Vladimir Putin gave a reminder of Russia’s strength as the country that Hitler failed to defeat, while also comparing Crimea’s significance to that of the Temple Mount to Jews.
In a warning to the West about further encroachment towards Russia’s borders, President Putin reminded how many previous military powers have tried, but ultimately failed, to corner Russia and then invade the largest country on Earth.
In the 1990s a weak Russia under Boris Yeltsin looked helplessly on as the US and the EU carved up Yugoslavia for their own personal gains. Almost two decades on, Putin says a repeat on Russian soil, despite the West’s desires, is unthinkable.
“They would have gladly applied the Yugoslav scenario of dismemberment and disintegration for Russia. They failed. We did not allow them to do that.”
Russia has one of the largest armies in the world; however, Putin is adamant he does not want the country to be drawn into a wider conflict. The president did admit that if forced, the Russian bear is prepared to bare its claws with devastating consequences for those opposing it.
For centuries Crimea was part of Russia. The peninsula is ethnically Russian, not just Russian-speaking. However, in 1954 it was ‘transferred’ to Ukraine by Nikita Khrushchev, who believed national boundaries were irrelevant given that they all came under the banner of the Soviet Union. However, following the collapse of the USSR, the Crimean question surfaced once again.
The US and the EU have tried to play-up the effect sanctions imposed on Russia are having a detrimental effect on the country’s economy, when in fact the low price of oil is the real reason for the ruble’s slide. Putin says Russia is looking for new partners in the east for trade and believes the West’s aim to hurt Russia’s economy will be detrimental in the long run.
A resurgent Russia is a threat to the US, with Washington unwilling to let any nation challenge it as the world’s only super power. For almost a decade, the US has been looking at ways to diminish Russia’s role in world affairs both globally and politically. Putin was adamant that Crimea was just the excuse Obama was looking for to slap Moscow on the wrist.
The Russian Finance Ministry estimates that $130 billion will leave Russia by the end of 2014 due to heightened geopolitical tensions and the mass sell-off the ruble throughout the year. However, now Putin’s going to try and keep Russian money in Russia.
Vladimir Putin is adamant Russia will not be backed into a corner following the economic sanctions introduced by the US and the EU. On many occasions the Russian president has said that Moscow wants good relations with all countries, including the ones that are set on hindering its economic growth.
Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, the US’s tentacles, often under the pretext of NATO haveencroached closer and closer to Russia’s borders and meddling in the affairs of foreign countries.
“Our US friends, whether directly or from behind the scenes always affect our relations with our neighbors. Sometimes it’s unclear whether to talk to the authorities of the country, or to their US patrons.”
Vladimir Putin said that countries are losing sight of their own national interests to suit the foreign policy of other countries. However, he said such a thing would not be happening in Russia.
“If for many European countries, sovereignty and national pride are forgotten concepts and a luxury, then for Russia, true sovereignty is an absolutely necessary condition of our existence.”
bruzel 0I as a German hope the rule of the power that does not appeal to human rights nor to democracy – named USrael will disappear without destruction of the whole world and let peacful people stay alive an not living in poverty. The big aim is to take all the wealth of the world onhly to few persons.
belfasta +1Putin is a great leader unlike Cameron and obama
Great speech from President Putin but one constant mistake American deciders cannot be called Friends, partners or colleagues. They wish the Russian president’s death and almost succeeded to have it. It is better to have things straight and call a cat, a cat. That hidden war will not stop; because Mister Putin has to deal with idiotic warmongers obliged to waste billions to scare the whole World and keep America’s real boss happy and richer. Luckily more and more people in the USA and in Europe are sick of that hegemonic system and a radical change will soon arise. We must just be prepared for it…
Putin managed to control the ISLAmic invasion.God’s bless him.
oops look like it`s time for Putin to go begging for business in the few countries he has not already pissed off. Enjoy your recession next year idiots.
Begging? No. Russia is slave to no-one. “Vladimir Putin said that countries are losing sight of their own national interests to suit the foreign policy of other countries. However, he said such a thing would not be happening in Russia.” Russia is independent. Russia doesn’t need Ukraine, US or china policy.
ExMarin 0Enjoy your Israel when it’s wiped off the map. Even Kissinger himself said that.
The lesson? Russia taught Hitler it is better to keep Russia as an ally than attacking Russia. Nazi Germany did better as an ally of the USSR than an enemy.
he need to open a campus for usa gov shmugs, so they can learn anything..
that’s my boy.