Russian President Defiant Against Western Powers

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Russian President, Vladimir Putin, remained defiant to western powers last Tuesday who he promised would never “subjugate” Russia. Putin made his remarks at the United People’s Front’s Second Action Forum in Moscow, in front of an all-Russian coalition of groups. A member of the forum had commented that the goal of the United States was to humiliate Russia; however, Putin corrected this statement with his own view.

“They don’t want to humiliate us, they want to subjugate us, to solve their problems at our expense,” he proclaimed. “They want to bring us under control! Throughout history no one has ever succeeded in doing that to Russia and they never will,” he added confidently.

The tough talk at the forum has led many to speculate that the Russian President was saving face over the tensions that rose at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. Many Western world leaders approached Putin over his suspected involvement of the Ukrainian civil war by assisting rebel groups in the east. According to his spokesman, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper approached the Russian leader and after shaking hands gave an austere statement, “I have only one thing to say to you. You need to get out of Ukraine.”

Other world powers like Australia and Great Britain approached Putin with equally harsh statements. Prime Minister Tony Abbot was reported to have called on Putin to “atone” for the Malaysian plane crash in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine. British Prime Minister David Cameron also invoked the Ukraine crisis, describing Russia’s relationship with the west is at a “fork in the road.” According to the RIA Novosti news agency, the Russian leader left the summit early not because of tensions with the West, but to catch some shut-eye. “We need to get home and return to work on Monday. There is a need to sleep at least four to five hours,” Putin was reported to have said.

Amid these rising tensions and economic sanctions against Russia, many are wondering whether we have entered a new phase in the Cold War. It was a surprise to many a when former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, gave his statements earlier this month on the condition of the world. Gorbachev is known as the Russian leader who initiated a rapprochement with the West, his stern words during the 25th celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall in regard to current events give precedent to the severity of the world order if this course continues.

“The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some say that is has already begun,” said Gorbachev. He holds western powers, particularly the United States, in contempt for the current world state. He claimed the U.S. had monopolized and dominated the world since the collapse of the former Soviet Union, which many at an event held at the Brandenburg Gate had warned against. Becoming a dominant world power had let “euphoria and triumphalism” get to their heads, he exclaimed.

The former leader of Russia seemed to echo the words spoken by the country’s current leader at a meeting held in September. The Valdai International Discussion Club is made up of “more than 200 hundred Russian and foreign politicians, public and spiritual leaders, philosophers and cultural figures, people with very different, original and sometimes opposing views,” Putin said in his opening statement at the final meeting of the club. This year’s theme was Russia’s Diversity for the Modern World.

Although the meeting had not been widely covered in western media outlets, besides some calling it aggressive and defiant rhetoric from the Russian President, Putin seemed to appear more forthcoming and progressive than his fellow world powers. Speaking on the United States’ actions against Syria, Putin explained how such undermining actions threatened the current world order. The Russian leader warned that unilateral action against a nation would undermine the UN and its Security Council and reduce the international order to zero.

Speaking further on Syria, Putin brought attention to Obama’s failed foreign policy in the region. He even accused the American president of enabling terrorist groups like the Islamic State. “President Obama labeled the Islamic State one of the main global threats. But who helped to arm those fighting against Assad in Syria? Who created a political and informational climate that fits their interest? Who promoted weapon transfers? I think this policy is absolutely irrational, unprofessional and groundless,” the Russian leader exclaimed.

While the president’s political rhetoric is growing more defiant against western powers, Russia’s military tactics have also begun to heat up. Many outlets report of a Russian ship jamming communications and missile systems on an US ship. Military officials have also confirmed long-range bomber planes appearing in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean in what some have linked to the growing proxy war of Ukraine. As talks of a new Cold War emerging continue, much of what is seen today between western powers and Russia indicate it to be warming up.

By Abdirahman R. Mohamed

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4 Responses to "Russian President Defiant Against Western Powers"

  1. Anthea Gordon   November 24, 2014 at 12:31 am

    It is interesting to note that Putin has spent a lot of money rebuilding churches, (which were destroyed during the height of communist rule), Russian Orthodox church leaders are invited to pray at state events and a new Russian public holiday tocommemorate the conversion of the country to Christianity under Prince Vladimir in AD 988 has been proclaimed.
    All of this at a time when America does not even allow a Christmas Tree to be called anything other than a Holiday Tree and nativity scenes are frowned upon. I think I would prefer to be living under the rule of a president who does not allow himsefl to be pushed around and has stated publicly that Muslims who wish to live In Russia will follow Russian laws and dress as Russians do or they can move back to their country of origin.

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    • Phil Dorrington   November 24, 2014 at 1:26 am

      well, i suppose we ought to wonder if it’s really “Religious Freedom” if Christmas Holidays must be called only “Holiday / festive season”
      “obeying the laws of the country” is the same for U.S & Russia, wouldn’t have thought Dress standards was a big issue in Russia being damn cold most of the time.
      I’ve heard Jehovah’s Witnesses are encountering state / religious opposition in Russia of late. Quite possibly because of their constant “Anti-War” stance.
      I’m not really even sure that i’m particularly pro “Religious Freedom” myself, it can create divisions, though ought to placate many providing them with the illusion of Freedom, i think all religious teachings are scrutinized quite closely these days / vetted – using Anti-Terror laws i rather suspect.

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    • Phil Dorrington   November 24, 2014 at 1:35 am

      Most Governments seem to be fairly amenable to various different religious organizations provided they don’t preach contrary to current Government policies / strategy & encourage the payment of taxes / upholding of local government laws etc.

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  2. Phil Dorrington   November 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    “It was a surprise to many a when former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, gave his statements earlier this month”
    You’ve got an extra “a” in there, deleting would sort that out.
    I’m inclined to agree with him, think the U.S has shown quite the penchant for manipulating the truth, treated Russia like a “conquest” since the End of the Cold War & has made aggressive / confrontational moves against Russia in that time too.
    If the Cold War is heating up, i would tend to think the U.S is mostly to blame, certainly not entirely Russia’s fault.

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