Putin can respond to war, and the Wes...

Putin can respond to war, and the West knows it

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#1 Aug 17, 2014
Putin can respond to war, and the West knows it


Many were expecting bellicose statements in the Yalta speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin in connection with the Ukrainian crisis, but the dominant word was "peace." The speech was aimed for Western audiences, that's why there was no live broadcast of Putin's speech.

Risks of being misunderstood were too high. The main message to the West was: Russia will not be running around with as a razor, waving the razor right and left. The West breathed out. This is evidenced by stable quotations on the markets and quotes in the media. "Restrained" Vladimir Putin's speech in the Crimea, as well as the convoy of humanitarian aid for the people of eastern Ukraine - these are Russia's attempt to demonstrate "more peaceful sentiment," an article in The Wall Street Journal said.

Surprisingly, the word 'razor' prompted an interesting analogy. A while back, Barack Obama delivered a keynote speech at West Point, saying: "Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail." He proposed to combine "military and diplomatic tools" and mechanism of sanctions to ensure the US leadership in the world. Here is what Putin said in Yalta: "The United States pulled out from the Treaty on the Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms just like that, and that was that. The Americans proceeded from interests of national security," Putin said. Putin offered to pull out from, for example, jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). What is this if not sanctions and military and diplomatic tools?

Does it not seem that the leaders of the two nuclear powers (the only ones capable of destroying each other with these weapons) have the same concept of foreign policy?

"The fact that the words look the same does not mean that the deeds are the same too,- Vladimir Yevseyev, director of the Center for Public Policy Research told Pravda.Ru.- It would be wrong to understand that Russia and the United States share a common vision of applying armed forces in the world, because the United States is now the dominant military power. For Americans, it is now vital to ensure their military leadership in the world. To do this, the United States has to maintain a significant number of military bases. Even announcing the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the United States is doing everything possible to stay in the west of the country, where there is a basis for the production of drugs. Iran is close too, and it is possible to put influence on nearby states from there as well. Therefore, the United States, declaring its love for peace, is, in fact, regrouping forces. It does not mean that the United States is going to weaken its military pressure on a global scale."

One shall agree that strategic objectives of the Russian Federation and the United States are different, but tactical objectives are almost identical, although the countries have come to that on different ways. America is not the country that can conduct direct wars on several fronts. Economy does not allow that, and the world is different today - the world of the Internet and the polarization of the world public opinion. As for Russia, it has gained enough strength to promote herself to the position of an equal partner. Putin took a correct position, answering sanctions to sanctions, warnings to warnings, suggesting that he would answer the same way to other steps. He can respond to war, and the West knows it.


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