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Ukraine conflict, energy crisis and ‘colonial’ West: Putin’s latest press conference

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Vladimir Putin reiterated the goals of Russia’s military operation and blasted the Western elite’s attitude.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to the media on Friday following the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Earlier, he met with the leaders of China, India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia.

In his first press conference since July, the president was asked about the conflict with the West, the ongoing military operation in Ukraine, and the energy crisis in the European Union, among other things.

Here are some of the key moments from Putin’s press conference.

The West always strived to destroy Russia

Destroying Russia and “disintegrating” it into a number of petty states has always been a top priority for the collective West, the Russian president said. Ukraine, in its modern state, has been selected to become an “anti-Russian enclave” and the main tool to achieve such goals, Putin believes.

“The fact that they’ve always strived for the disintegration of our country is certain. It is only regrettable that at some point they decided to use Ukraine to achieve such goals,” Putin said. “In order to prevent such developments, we have launched the special military operation.”

Attitude towards Ukraine may change

So far, Moscow has demonstrated a very reserved reaction to such actions by the Ukrainian authorities as attempts to target vital infrastructure on Russian soil or stage “terror attacks,” Putin said.

“The special military operation is not a warning of some sort, but a special military operation. We’re witnessing attempts to stage terror attacks, attempts to damage our civilian infrastructure. We respond to this with restraint, but only for the time being,” Putin stated, warning that the approach may change in the future.

“Quite recently, the Russian armed forces delivered a couple of sensitive strikes, let’s say they were a warning. If the situation continues to develop in such fashion, the response will be more serious,” he added.

No change in Ukraine conflict goals

There will be no changes in the goals Russia is striving to achieve with its special military operation in Ukraine, Putin said. “There are no adjustments to the plan. The General Staff makes operational decisions in the course of the campaign as to what is considered a key objective,” the president stated.

“The main goal is the liberation of the entire territory of Donbass. This work continues, despite the attempted counterattacks by the Ukrainian army,” Putin said, adding that it was too early to draw any conclusions from the ongoing counteroffensive by Kiev’s forces, and one should wait to see “how it ends.”

Prospects of peace talks with Ukraine are uncertain

Russia was ready to agree to security guarantees for Ukraine proposal during Istanbul talks back in March, Russian president revealed. However, the negotiations were scuppered by Kiev.

“The troops were withdrawn from Kiev in order to create conditions for the reaching of this deal. Instead of inking it, the Kiev authorities immediately abandoned all agreements. They announced that they would not seek any deals with Russia, but would seek victory on the battlefield. Well, let them,” Putin said.

The prospects of further negotiations or personal talks between him and his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky remain uncertain, Putin admitted. “First of all, they should agree [to hold the talks]. But they refuse. Zelensky declared that… he was not ready and not willing to talk with Russia. Well, if he’s not ready – there’s no need [for that],” Putin said.

Colonial mindset plagues the West

The collective West still remains trapped in the colonial-era mindset, the Russian president said, suggesting that Western countries simply cannot give up their habit of living at the expense of someone else.

“These are former colonial powers, but they still live in the paradigm of colonial philosophy. They are accustomed to living at the expense of others. And they still cannot get rid of this paradigm in their practical daily politics,” Putin stated.

On what caused the EU energy crisis

The ongoing energy crisis in Europe, which is routinely blamed on Russia and the fallout of its military operation in Ukraine, started long before the ongoing events, Putin believes. The EU created the crisis itself, and now is merely trying to solve it “at the expense of others,” he said.

“The energy crisis in Europe did not begin with the start of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, in Donbass, not with this, much earlier, a year ago, if not even earlier. It began, while it may sound strange, with the ‘green’ agenda,” Putin stated, adding that while introducing green energy is important for tackling climate change, multiple European countries opted to ditch fossil-fuel energy at once to reach short-term political goals.

The Russian president also mocked the idea floated by European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen of sending the growing energy bills to Moscow, dismissing it as yet another attempt to “shift the problem, the headache from a sick head into a healthy one.”

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  1. Putin, reminds me of western conspiracy theorists ~I have made up my mind now don’t confuse me with facts~

    What a wonderful world tomorrow will be; ~Putin upholding his communist conspiracy theory~

    ~Donald Trump upholding his Qnon conspiracy theory~

    Plus the anti vaxers conducting a ~witch hunt in support their claim the Covid Vaccine is a huge hoax which has killed millions of people~

    I will be quite happy not to be part of tomorrows world where the whole world has been taken over by NUT CASES; yet my grandchildren ARE STUCK WITH IT ( poor buggers)

    My understanding is a few whako cults existed before Yet with the advent of the internet; as the internet has grown the uptake of conspiracy theories have grown hugely. So this madness has been democratically elected by popular demand. All I can say is the recent period …. HAS NOT BEEN DEMOCRACIES FINEST HOUR!

    • Just propaganda. Everyone knows Russia came through the sanctions without much damage when compared to EU countries. Russia is self sufficient mostly and there are some areas such as computer hardware and IT they lag. But energy, and other resources will buy these inspite of sanctions.

      China will keep its economy running better than US and they will do what it takes. MSM like propaganda are in the above links, which has little merit.

      • I don’t agree
        Everyone knows nothing
        But we’ll just have to wait and see how things play out in the interim
        But I think there will be a war before then
        Some would argue has already started
        Trade wars precede real wars
        Sanctions in effect are a declaration of war
        Judea declares war on Germany
        Which has been prophesied
        Putin is no angel
        And a jew
        Blowing Up Russia
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxTL3BTCIZQ

    • You have to remember that both China and Russia has NO external debt and have huge foriegn reserves unlike the 5eyes and most EU countries (other than Germany). Japan has reserves but they are with US banks and the Japanese government is very highly debted to its own public and it cannot pay back at all. Most economies are unnormal but that of Russia. Rents cost 20% of income and food is in abundance. No one lives in streets or begs. No housing or food affordability crisis as we have here or in the 5eyes countries. China can supply cars, cell phones, computers etc. I dont think Russians will be in trouble as they were under Gorbechev and Yelstin. Russia transformed itself under Putin.

  2. Media lies about Russia and Putin all the time. Russia is no longer a communist country. Maximum tax rate is 15%, yes just 15% in Russia. Rusian public have more economiuc and political freedom than many European countries such as Germany and France. Russia’s growth under Putin would have been much greater but for the deep state waging proxy cold war for over a decade.

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