No 1477 Posted by fw, October 11, 2015
“Another threat that President Obama mentioned was ISIS. Well who on earth armed them? Who armed the Syrians that were fighting with Assad? Who created the necessary political/informational climate that facilitated this situation? Who pushed for the delivery of arms to the area? Do you really not understand who is fighting in Syria? They are mercenaries, mostly. Do you understand they are paid money? Mercenaries fight for whichever side pays more. So they [US] arm them and pay them a certain amount. I even know what these amounts are. So they fight, they have the arms, you can’t get them to return the weapons of course, at the end. Then they discover elsewhere pays a little more. So they go fight there.” —Vladimir Putin to US journalist
Here’s something you probably never saw or heard about in the west – Putin responding to questions from a US journalist, following his 40-minute speech to the Valdai International Discussion Club on October 24, 2014.
His speech, titled, The World Order: New Rules or a Game without Rules? and his off-the-cuff Q&A remarks attracted heavy media attention. [See, for example: Valdai speech of Vladimir Putin by Wikipedia and Financial Times: Putin’s Valdai speech one of most important foreign policy statements, October 25, 2014].
Below is an embedded 7:11-minute video excerpt of the Q&A session followed by my edited transcript of English subtitles on the video; the translations are sometimes awkward.
At the bottom of the post is information about the Valdai Discussion Club, sponsor of the speech. In addition, read a bit about the innovative new kids on the news and information block, Truthstream Media, which published the Putin video.
First point. I never said that I view the US as a threat to our national security. President Obama, as you said, views Russia as a threat but I don’t feel the same way about the US. What I do feel is that the politics of those in the circle of power, if I may use those terms, the politics of those in power in the US is erroneous. It not only contradicts our national interests. It undermines any trust that we had in the United States and in that way it actually harms the United States. Undermined trust, with the understanding that they are one of the global leaders, in politics and in matters of the economy.
I can stay silent on many things, but as I always say, and Dominic here has just mentioned it, one-sided actions, in the continuous search for the next “alliance” and coalitions, which are predetermined, this is not a method that seeks to discuss and agree on mutual grounds of understanding. These are one-sided actions. They are carried out all the time. They lead to crises. I’ve said this before.
Another threat that President Obama mentioned was ISIS. Well who on earth armed them? Who armed the Syrians that were fighting with Assad? Who created the necessary political/informational climate that facilitated this situation? Who pushed for the delivery of arms to the area? Do you really not understand who is fighting in Syria? They are mercenaries, mostly. Do you understand they are paid money? Mercenaries fight for whichever side pays more. So they [US] arm them and pay them a certain amount. I even know what these amounts are. So they fight, they have the arms, you can’t get them to return the weapons of course, at the end. Then they discover elsewhere pays a little more. So they go fight there.
Then they [ISIS] occupy the oil fields – wherever, in Iraq, in Syria. They start extracting the oil, and this oil is purchased by somebody. Where are the sanctions on the parties purchasing this oil? Do you believe the US does not know who is buying it? Is it not their allies that are buying oil from ISIS? Do you not think the US has the power to influence their allies? Or is the point that they indeed do not wish to influence them? Then why bomb ISIS? In areas where they started extracting oil and paying mercenaries more, in those areas the rebels from ‘civilized’ Syrian opposition forces immediately joined ISIS because they are paid more. I consider this absolutely unprofessional politics. It is not grounded on facts, in the real world.
We must support civilized, democratic opposition in Syria. So you support, arm them, and then tomorrow they join ISIS. Can they [US leaders] not think a step ahead? We don’t stand for this kind of politics of the US. We consider it to be wrong. It harms all parties, including you [USA].
When it comes to the consideration of our national interests, I would really like it if you [US journalists] who posed the questions, would one day head your government. Maybe then we can somehow reverse the situation. If that doesn’t happen, I will at least ask you to deliver my message to your government.
To the President of the United States, the Vice-President and all the other relevant people, tell them that we do not want or look for any confrontation whatsoever. When you consider our [Russia’s] national interests in your actions, any other disagreements we may have, they will self-regulate. This needs to be done, not just talked about. You must consider the interests of others, and you must respect other people. You cannot “squeeze” others, having considered only the benefits that you require from whatever in economics, in your military activities, in everything.
Look at Iraq. The situation in terrible. Look at Libya and what you did there, that got your Ambassador murdered. Was it us who did this? You even had the Security Council establish a no-fly zone. What for? It was so Gaddafi’s airforce couldn’t fly over and bomb the rebels. This wasn’t the smartest decision. But okay. What did you yourself proceed to do? You started bombing the territory. This is a clear contravention of the Security Council resolution. It is even outright aggression over a state.
Was it us that did this? You did this with your bare hands. And it ended with the murder of your Ambassador. Whose fault is it? It is your fault. Is it a good result that your Ambassador was murdered? It is actually a terrible catastrophe. But do not look around for somebody to blame when it is you making these mistakes. You must do the opposite. Rise above the endless desire to dominate. You must stop acting out of imperialistic ambitions. Do not poison the consciousness of millions of people like there can be no other way but imperialistic politics.
We will never forget our relationship when we supported the US in the War of Independence. We will never forget that we collaborated in both world wars as allies. I personally believe that the geostrategic interests of Russia and the US are essentially the same. We must focus on this interrelationship
The Valdai Discussion Club was established in 2004. It was named after Lake Valdai, which is located close to Veliky Novgorod, where the club’s first meeting took place. The club’s goal is to promote dialogue between Russian and international intellectual elite, and to make an independent, unbiased scientific analysis of political, economic and social events in Russia and the rest of the world.
Over 900 representatives of the international scholarly community from 62 countries have taken part in the club’s work. They include professors of major world universities, including Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, Stanford, Carleton University, the University of London, Cairo University, the University of Teheran, East China University, the University of Tokyo, Tel Aviv University, the University of Messina, Johns Hopkins University, the London School of Economics, King’s College London, Sciences Po and the Sorbonne.
The intellectual potential of the Valdai Club is highly regarded both in Russia and abroad. The President and the Prime Minister of Russia meet with the club’s members, and politicians and public figures from Russia and other states take part in its work.
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