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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Putin Speaks

Below you will find Vladimir Putin's propaganda diatribe in the Financial Times, with running commentary by La Russophobe.

Does he sound desparate? He should. Check out the two posts that follow showing how Europe is boiling with contempt for Russian atrocities. Meanwhile, instead of reform, neo-Soviet Russia still thinks it can just pull the wool over our eyes. This repugnant little troll, presiding over a country with a declining population, sub-60 male lifespan and $300/month salary average actually thinks he's smarter than us AND smarter than his Soviet predecessors. Truly, this is Zaire with Permafrost. You have to admit, though, he's at least clever enough to realize that if you go around saying "we will bury you" that's only going to galvanize and motivate your enemies, but if you tell them they have "nothing to fear" then you can lull them into complacency and stab them in the back when their guard is down.

Europe has nothing to fear from Russia

{LR: Just ask Alexander Litvinenko!}

By Vladimir Putin

Published: November 21 2006

I would like to share my views on relations between Russia and the European Union ahead of Friday’s summit in Helsinki, primarily their strategic aspects. Russia is a natural member of the “European family” in spirit, history and culture. Though it is not striving to join the EU, when I consider the future of our relations I do not see any areas that are not open to equal, strategic co-operation based on common objectives and values. When speaking of common values, we should also respect the historical diversity of European civilisation. It would be useless and wrong to try to force artificial “standards” on each other.

LR - Translation: Just let me kill as many innocent people as I want, can't you? Russian logic is interesting, isn't it? They're a "member of the family" but they won't join the EU. In other words, they get the benefits but not the responsibilities. Isn't that convenient?

In the past few years, the EU and Russia have become important political and economic partners. Such co-operation should not be used to the detriment of relations with other countries and regions. I personally believe this policy will benefit everyone, including the EU. Our relations are becoming mature and well structured. Co-operation between our industries is gathering momentum, and our justice and interior ministries are participating energetically in dialogue. We are promoting scientific, cultural and humanitarian contacts in a streamlined and systematic manner with the goal of establishing four areas of common interest: economic issues and the environment; issues of freedom, security and justice; external security, including crisis management and non-proliferation; and research and education, including cultural aspects.

LR: You have to hand it to a man who can utter so many words without actually saying a single thing.

We also have similar approaches to issues of international security. Russia and the EU stand for strengthening universal regimes, primarily the non-proliferation regime. In spite of tactical differences, we have a common desire to find a fair solution to the most complicated international problems, such as the Middle East conflict or the issue of the Iranian “nuclear dossier”.

LR: That's true, quite similar. The EU sees Russia as the enemy, and Russia sees the EU as the enemy. Enter NATO.

Russia is closely watching the EU’s evolution, not least because the pace of development of our relations and their future depend largely on changes in the EU. The Union could remain a predominantly intergovernmental association or acquire supranational functions. Russia wants its largest neighbour to be stable and predictable, and hopes that changes and expansion will not erode the EU’s uniform legal framework, primarily in the sphere of ensuring equal rights to all EU people irrespective of country of origin, nationality and religion.

LR - Translation: Thinking of admitting Ukraine or Georgia? OK, but be careful what you eat when you go out to a restaurant.

We are developing relations with the EU with a view to the future, not the present day. I firmly believe that dialogue should not be limited merely to technical or “industrial” issues such as quotas, tariffs and anti-dumping and technical standards, although these are important and should be addressed jointly. Rather, I think we should first decide what we want from each other over the next several decades and what we can do for our people.

LR: It's the future when the Kremlin has consolidated its dictatorship, crushed the last vestige of democracy in Russia, and managed to hook you EU idiots on our gas and oil like drug addicts while pretending to be your friend, just like a drug dealer. Guess what happens next?

Russia’s approach to the future of European integration is well known. Our main objective is to create a common economic space and guarantee freedom of movement for our people, as advocated by our business, cultural and scientific communities. A long and complicated road leads to the fulfilment of these objectives, which are nevertheless quite feasible. Many partners in the EU share this approach.

LR - Translation: Our goal is to divide and conquer. Russia will have as much influence over Europe as possible, while it in turn will be excluded from Russia.

We will soon start working together on a new accord to replace the partnership and co-operation agreement expiring in 2007. We hope the EU-Russia summit in November will give a boost to the negotiations. Our dialogue so far shows that we see eye-to-eye on many provisions of the future agreement. Russia thinks it should be a compact but politically significant document geared toward the future and stipulating clearly defined goals and mechanisms for equal co-operation.

LR - Translation: The accord should be sham that will not inhibit the Kremlin's power grab in any way. Then again, no matter what it says we'll still ignore it.

I hope that joint work on this document will bring Russia and the EU closer together. Future talks should not deteriorate into an exchange of complaints. We will not be able to turn a new leaf in the history of our co-operation if we succumb to fear of growing interdependence. Those who warn of the danger of Europe becoming dependent on Russia see Russia-EU relations in black and white and try to fit them into the obsolete mould of “friend or foe”. Such stereotypes have little in common with reality, but their persistent influence on political thinking and practice runs the risk of creating fresh divisions in Europe. The past must not be used to divide us, because we cannot rewrite history. Our current goal is to join forces so that Russia and the EU can build a common future as partners and allies. Russia is prepared to work for this and I hope a constructive approach will also prevail in the EU.

LR - Translation: Just let me kill as many innocent people as I want, can't you?


blackminorca said...

briliant commentary

Penny said...

Europe has a lot to fear from Putin, he plays hardball with natural gas. It's one of the political weapons he uses.

Iran and Syria are his client states, advancing the threat of a menacing Islamofascist bomb within striking range of Europe closer.

Now, with impunity, he crosses borders to carry out political assasinations. The radioactive poison that killed Litvinenko was a nuclear reactor by-product specific to Russia, a big detail that even the lame and craven Putin apologists can't refute.

Putin is no different from any other fascist thug that has no respect for his democratic neighbors.

17 ugly raccoons said...

The radioactive poison that killed Litvinenko was a nuclear reactor by-product specific to Russia, a big detail that even the lame and craven Putin apologists can't refute.

Yawn. I wonder if all or substantial majority of Westerners are such ignorant and hating lot? Perfect soil for another Hitler and another 'Drang nah Osten'.

La Russophobe said...

UGLY: What's your point? That Litvinkeno used his massive power as an exiled spy to lay hands on this radioactive toxin himself and swallow it just to make the Kremlin look bad? Or do you think Litvinenko is alive and well, and the Western press is in on it too? Who's the ignorant hater?

La Russophobe said...

BLACK: Thanks!

17 ugly raccoons said...

Especially for retarded: my point was Polonium-210 isn't endemic or specific for Russia, and making statement it is means to be ignorant and hating person. Type of person which might be used by new Hitler.

BTW, your comments were lame. I abandoned such wanna-be-political-satire at 19. Well, considering taste of some Westerners... they read comic books, anyway, so their taste and level of education IS lame already.

Litvinenko... hmph. I really want to look how will turn current Russia-UK negotiations for agreement about mutual extradiction of criminals. I feel it will be stopped dead on its tracks. And some very.... mmmm... decisive persons who don't like to be extradited to Russia will be undoubtedly glad. Chechen murderers... errr, 'heroic rebels', some innocent oligarkhs...

But it is obviously foolish conspiracy theory. Whole world saw how Putin himself slipped poison in Litvinenko's tea. Morons around the world... errr, intellectual majority... will discard my ideas as evil-commie-returning-to-power-Russian-propaganda-blah-blah-blah.

La Russophobe said...

That's not the point you blockhead. The point is that only a sophisticated killer could be responsible becuase of its presence. If not Russia, who? Do you think America killed him, you flatulent rodent? I never said "endemic or specific for Russia" you hideously misquote me, as per your norm.

17 ugly raccoons said...

LR, you exceeded yourself. I quoted idiotic statement of penny, you dolt, second comment in this thread.

The point is that only a sophisticated killer could be responsible becuase of its presence.

Let's say your ideas about sophistication belong to XIX century at very best, OK?

Do you think America killed him, you flatulent rodent?

To answer on your level, you stinking rat, I may point at anthrax-by-mail story, when bacteria were taken from US labs. But it will be far beneath me.

So I am just recommending you re-read my previous comment where I pointed to possible reason of Litvinenko's death.