Breaking: Handle by the President of the Russian Federation (Taking NATO to the Woodshed)

I take into account it obligatory at present to talk once more in regards to…

I take into account it obligatory at present to talk once more in regards to the tragic occasions in Donbass and the important thing facets of guaranteeing the safety of Russia.

I’ll start with what I stated in my deal with on February 21, 2022. I spoke about our largest issues and worries, and in regards to the basic threats which irresponsible Western politicians created for Russia constantly, rudely and unceremoniously from 12 months to 12 months. I’m referring to the eastward enlargement of NATO, which is shifting its navy infrastructure ever nearer to the Russian border.

It’s a incontrovertible fact that over the previous 30 years we’ve been patiently making an attempt to return to an settlement with the main NATO nations concerning the ideas of equal and indivisible safety in Europe. In response to our proposals, we invariably confronted both cynical deception and lies or makes an attempt at stress and blackmail, whereas the North Atlantic alliance continued to develop regardless of our protests and issues. Its navy machine is shifting and, as I stated, is approaching our very border.

Why is that this occurring? The place did this insolent method of speaking down from the peak of their exceptionalism, infallibility and all-permissiveness come from? What’s the rationalization for this contemptuous and disdainful angle to our pursuits and completely legit calls for?

The reply is straightforward. Every thing is obvious and apparent. Within the late Eighties, the Soviet Union grew weaker and subsequently broke aside. That have ought to function a very good lesson for us, as a result of it has proven us that the paralysis of energy and can is step one in the direction of full degradation and oblivion. We misplaced confidence for just one second, however it was sufficient to disrupt the stability of forces on the earth.

Because of this, the outdated treaties and agreements are now not efficient. Entreaties and requests don’t assist. Something that doesn’t swimsuit the dominant state, the powers that be, is denounced as archaic, out of date and ineffective. On the similar time, every thing it regards as helpful is introduced as the final word fact and compelled on others whatever the value, abusively and by any means out there. Those that refuse to conform are subjected to strong-arm ways.

What I’m saying now doesn’t issues solely Russia, and Russia is just not the one nation that’s apprehensive about this. This has to do with all the system of worldwide relations, and generally even US allies. The collapse of the Soviet Union led to a redivision of the world, and the norms of worldwide legislation that developed by that point – and a very powerful of them, the basic norms that have been adopted following WWII and largely formalised its consequence – got here in the way in which of those that declared themselves the winners of the Chilly Struggle.

In fact, observe, worldwide relations and the foundations regulating them needed to keep in mind the modifications that occurred on the earth and within the stability of forces. Nevertheless, this could have been achieved professionally, easily, patiently, and with due regard and respect for the pursuits of all states and one’s personal duty. As a substitute, we noticed a state of euphoria created by the sensation of absolute superiority, a type of fashionable absolutism, coupled with the low cultural requirements and conceitedness of those that formulated and pushed by way of selections that suited solely themselves. The state of affairs took a distinct flip.

There are lots of examples of this. First a bloody navy operation was waged towards Belgrade, with out the UN Safety Council’s sanction however with fight plane and missiles used within the coronary heart of Europe. The bombing of peaceable cities and very important infrastructure went on for a number of weeks. I’ve to recall these info, as a result of some Western colleagues choose to neglect them, and after we talked about the occasion, they like to keep away from talking about worldwide legislation, as a substitute emphasising the circumstances which they interpret as they assume obligatory.

Then got here the flip of Iraq, Libya and Syria. The unlawful use of navy energy towards Libya and the distortion of all of the UN Safety Council selections on Libya ruined the state, created an enormous seat of worldwide terrorism, and pushed the nation in the direction of a humanitarian disaster, into the vortex of a civil warfare, which has continued there for years. The tragedy, which was created for lots of of hundreds and even hundreds of thousands of individuals not solely in Libya however in the entire area, has led to a large-scale exodus from the Center East and North Africa to Europe.

The same destiny was additionally ready for Syria. The fight operations performed by the Western coalition in that nation with out the Syrian authorities’s approval or UN Safety Council’s sanction can solely be outlined as aggression and intervention.

However the instance that stands aside from the above occasions is, in fact, the invasion of Iraq with none authorized grounds. They used the pretext of allegedly dependable info out there in the USA in regards to the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. To show that allegation, the US Secretary of State held up a vial with white energy, publicly, for the entire world to see, assuring the worldwide group that it was a chemical warfare agent created in Iraq. It later turned out that every one of that was a faux and a sham, and that Iraq didn’t have any chemical weapons. Unbelievable and stunning however true. We witnessed lies made on the highest state degree and voiced from the excessive UN rostrum. Because of this we see an incredible loss in human life, injury, destruction, and a colossal upsurge of terrorism.

General, it seems that almost in every single place, in lots of areas of the world the place the USA introduced its legislation and order, this created bloody, non-healing wounds and the curse of worldwide terrorism and extremism. I’ve solely talked about probably the most obtrusive however removed from solely examples of disregard for worldwide legislation.

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This array contains guarantees to not develop NATO eastwards even by an inch. To reiterate: they’ve deceived us, or, to place it merely, they’ve performed us. Positive, one typically hears that politics is a grimy enterprise. It might be, however it shouldn’t be as soiled as it’s now, to not such an extent. The sort of con-artist behaviour is opposite not solely to the ideas of worldwide relations but additionally and above all to the commonly accepted norms of morality and ethics. The place is justice and fact right here? Simply lies and hypocrisy throughout.

By the way, US politicians, political scientists and journalists write and say {that a} veritable “empire of lies” has been created inside the USA in recent times. It’s onerous to disagree with this – it’s actually so. However one shouldn’t be modest about it: the USA remains to be an amazing nation and a system-forming energy. All its satellites not solely humbly and obediently say sure to and parrot it on the slightest pretext but additionally imitate its behaviour and enthusiastically settle for the foundations it’s providing them. Due to this fact, one can say with good purpose and confidence that the entire so-called Western bloc shaped by the USA in its personal picture and likeness is, in its entirety, the exact same “empire of lies.”

As for our nation, after the disintegration of the USSR, given all the unprecedented openness of the brand new, fashionable Russia, its readiness to work truthfully with the USA and different Western companions, and its virtually unilateral disarmament, they instantly tried to place the ultimate squeeze on us, end us off, and totally destroy us. That is the way it was within the Nineteen Nineties and the early 2000s, when the so-called collective West was actively supporting separatism and gangs of mercenaries in southern Russia. What victims, what losses we needed to maintain and what trials we needed to undergo at the moment earlier than we broke the again of worldwide terrorism within the Caucasus! We keep in mind this and can always remember.

Correctly talking, the makes an attempt to make use of us in their very own pursuits by no means ceased till fairly not too long ago: they sought to destroy our conventional values and pressure on us their false values that will erode us, our individuals from inside, the attitudes they’ve been aggressively imposing on their nations, attitudes which are immediately resulting in degradation and degeneration, as a result of they’re opposite to human nature. This isn’t going to occur. Nobody has ever succeeded in doing this, nor will they succeed now.

Regardless of all that, in December 2021, we made one more try to succeed in settlement with the USA and its allies on the ideas of European safety and NATO’s non-expansion. Our efforts have been in useless. The US has not modified its place. It doesn’t consider it essential to agree with Russia on a matter that’s essential for us. The US is pursuing its personal aims, whereas neglecting our pursuits.

In fact, this case begs a query: what subsequent, what are we to count on? If historical past is any information, we all know that in 1940 and early 1941 the Soviet Union went to nice lengths to stop warfare or at the very least delay its outbreak. To this finish, the USSR sought to not provoke the potential aggressor till the very finish by refraining or suspending probably the most pressing and apparent preparations it needed to make to defend itself from an imminent assault. When it lastly acted, it was too late.

Because of this, the nation was not ready to counter the invasion by Nazi Germany, which attacked our Motherland on June 22, 1941, with out declaring warfare. The nation stopped the enemy and went on to defeat it, however this got here at an incredible value. The try to appease the aggressor forward of the Nice Patriotic Struggle proved to be a mistake which got here at a excessive value for our individuals. Within the first months after the hostilities broke out, we misplaced huge territories of strategic significance, in addition to hundreds of thousands of lives. We won’t make this error the second time. We now have no proper to take action.

Those that aspire to international dominance have publicly designated Russia as their enemy. They did so with impunity. Make no mistake, that they had no purpose to behave this fashion. It’s true that they’ve appreciable monetary, scientific, technological, and navy capabilities. We’re conscious of this and have an goal view of the financial threats we’ve been listening to, simply as our capability to counter this brash and endless blackmail. Let me reiterate that we’ve no illusions on this regard and are extraordinarily life like in our assessments.

As for navy affairs, even after the dissolution of the USSR and shedding a substantial a part of its capabilities, at present’s Russia stays some of the highly effective nuclear states.

Furthermore, it has a sure benefit in a number of cutting-edge weapons. On this context, there ought to be little question for anybody that any potential aggressor will face defeat and ominous penalties ought to it immediately assault our nation.

On the similar time, know-how, together with within the defence sector, is altering quickly. Someday there’s one chief, and tomorrow one other, however a navy presence in territories bordering on Russia, if we allow it to go forward, will keep for many years to return or possibly eternally, creating an ever mounting and completely unacceptable menace for Russia.

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Even now, with NATO’s eastward enlargement the state of affairs for Russia has been turning into worse and extra harmful by the 12 months. Furthermore, these previous days NATO management has been blunt in its statements that they should speed up and step up efforts to convey the alliance’s infrastructure nearer to Russia’s borders. In different phrases, they’ve been toughening their place. We can not keep idle and passively observe these developments. This could be a fully irresponsible factor to do for us.

Any additional enlargement of the North Atlantic alliance’s infrastructure or the continued efforts to realize a navy foothold of the Ukrainian territory are unacceptable for us. In fact, the query is just not about NATO itself. It merely serves as a software of US international coverage. The issue is that in territories adjoining to Russia, which I’ve to notice is our historic land, a hostile “anti-Russia” is taking form. Totally managed from the surface, it’s doing every thing to draw NATO armed forces and acquire cutting-edge weapons.

For the USA and its allies, it’s a coverage of containing Russia, with apparent geopolitical dividends. For our nation, it’s a matter of life and loss of life, a matter of our historic future as a nation. This isn’t an exaggeration; it is a truth. It isn’t solely a really actual menace to our pursuits however to the very existence of our state and to its sovereignty. It’s the crimson line which we’ve spoken about on quite a few events. They’ve crossed it.

This brings me to the state of affairs in Donbass. We are able to see that the forces that staged the coup in Ukraine in 2014 have seized energy, are holding it with the assistance of decorative election procedures and have deserted the trail of a peaceable battle settlement. For eight years, for eight limitless years we’ve been doing every thing doable to settle the state of affairs by peaceable political means. Every thing was in useless.

As I stated in my earlier deal with, you can’t look with out compassion at what is going on there. It grew to become inconceivable to tolerate it. We needed to cease that atrocity, that genocide of the hundreds of thousands of people that reside there and who pinned their hopes on Russia, on all of us. It’s their aspirations, the emotions and ache of those those who have been the principle motivating pressure behind our choice to recognise the independence of the Donbass individuals’s republics.

I wish to moreover emphasise the next. Targeted on their very own objectives, the main NATO nations are supporting the far-right nationalists and neo-Nazis in Ukraine, those that won’t ever forgive the individuals of Crimea and Sevastopol for freely making a option to reunite with Russia.

They’ll undoubtedly attempt to convey warfare to Crimea simply as they’ve achieved in Donbass, to kill harmless individuals simply as members of the punitive items of Ukrainian nationalists and Hitler’s accomplices did throughout the Nice Patriotic Struggle. They’ve additionally overtly laid declare to a number of different Russian areas.

If we take a look at the sequence of occasions and the incoming reviews, the showdown between Russia and these forces can’t be prevented. It is just a matter of time. They’re preparing and ready for the precise second. Furthermore, they went so far as aspire to amass nuclear weapons. We won’t let this occur.

I’ve already stated that Russia accepted the brand new geopolitical actuality after the dissolution of the USSR. We now have been treating all new post-Soviet states with respect and can proceed to behave this fashion. We respect and can respect their sovereignty, as confirmed by the help we offered to Kazakhstan when it confronted tragic occasions and a problem when it comes to its statehood and integrity. Nevertheless, Russia can not really feel protected, develop, and exist whereas going through a everlasting menace from the territory of at present’s Ukraine.

Let me remind you that in 2000–2005 we used our navy to push again towards terrorists within the Caucasus and stood up for the integrity of our state. We preserved Russia. In 2014, we supported the individuals of Crimea and Sevastopol. In 2015, we used our Armed Forces to create a dependable protect that prevented terrorists from Syria from penetrating Russia. This was a matter of defending ourselves. We had no different alternative.

The identical is going on at present. They didn’t go away us another possibility for defending Russia and our individuals, aside from the one we’re pressured to make use of at present. In these circumstances, we’ve to take daring and instant motion. The individuals’s republics of Donbass have requested Russia for assist.

On this context, in accordance with Article 51 (Chapter VII) of the UN Constitution, with permission of Russia’s Federation Council, and in execution of the treaties of friendship and mutual help with the Donetsk Individuals’s Republic and the Lugansk Individuals’s Republic, ratified by the Federal Meeting on February 22, I decided to hold out a particular navy operation.

The aim of this operation is to guard individuals who, for eight years now, have been going through humiliation and genocide perpetrated by the Kiev regime. To this finish, we are going to search to demilitarise and denazify Ukraine, in addition to convey to trial those that perpetrated quite a few bloody crimes towards civilians, together with towards residents of the Russian Federation.

It isn’t our plan to occupy the Ukrainian territory. We don’t intend to impose something on anybody by pressure. On the similar time, we’ve been listening to an rising variety of statements coming from the West that there isn’t any want any extra to abide by the paperwork setting forth the outcomes of World Struggle II, as signed by the totalitarian Soviet regime. How can we reply to that?

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The outcomes of World Struggle II and the sacrifices our individuals needed to make to defeat Nazism are sacred. This doesn’t contradict the excessive values of human rights and freedoms within the actuality that emerged over the post-war many years. This doesn’t imply that nations can not take pleasure in the precise to self-determination, which is enshrined in Article 1 of the UN Constitution.

Let me remind you that the individuals residing in territories that are a part of at present’s Ukraine weren’t requested how they need to construct their lives when the USSR was created or after World Struggle II. Freedom guides our coverage, the liberty to decide on independently our future and the way forward for our kids. We consider that every one the peoples residing in at present’s Ukraine, anybody who need to do that, should have the ability to take pleasure in this proper to make a free alternative.

On this context I wish to deal with the residents of Ukraine. In 2014, Russia was obliged to guard the individuals of Crimea and Sevastopol from those that you your self name “nats.” The individuals of Crimea and Sevastopol made their alternative in favour of being with their historic homeland, Russia, and we supported their alternative. As I stated, we couldn’t act in any other case.

The present occasions don’t have anything to do with a want to infringe on the pursuits of Ukraine and the Ukrainian individuals. They’re related with the defending Russia from those that have taken Ukraine hostage and try to make use of it towards our nation and our individuals.

I reiterate: we’re appearing to defend ourselves from the threats created for us and from a worse peril than what is going on now. I’m asking you, nevertheless onerous this can be, to grasp this and to work along with us in order to show this tragic web page as quickly as doable and to maneuver ahead collectively, with out permitting anybody to intervene in our affairs and our relationships however creating them independently, in order to create beneficial situations for overcoming all these issues and to strengthen us from inside as a single entire, regardless of the existence of state borders. I consider on this, in our widespread future.

I’d additionally like to deal with the navy personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Comrade officers,

Your fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers didn’t battle the Nazi occupiers and didn’t defend our widespread Motherland to permit at present’s neo-Nazis to grab energy in Ukraine. You swore the oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian individuals and to not the junta, the individuals’s adversary which is plundering Ukraine and humiliating the Ukrainian individuals.

I urge you to refuse to hold out their prison orders. I urge you to instantly lay down arms and go dwelling. I’ll clarify what this implies: the navy personnel of the Ukrainian military who do that will have the ability to freely go away the zone of hostilities and return to their households.

I need to emphasise once more that every one duty for the doable bloodshed will lie absolutely and wholly with the ruling Ukrainian regime.

I’d now wish to say one thing essential for individuals who could also be tempted to intervene in these developments from the surface. Regardless of who tries to face in our approach or all of the extra so create threats for our nation and our individuals, they have to know that Russia will reply instantly, and the implications shall be comparable to you could have by no means seen in your total historical past. Regardless of how the occasions unfold, we’re prepared. All the required selections on this regard have been taken. I hope that my phrases shall be heard.

Residents of Russia,

The tradition and values, expertise and traditions of our ancestors invariably offered a robust underpinning for the wellbeing and the very existence of total states and nations, their success and viability. In fact, this immediately depends upon the flexibility to shortly adapt to fixed change, keep social cohesion, and readiness to consolidate and summon all of the out there forces with a view to transfer ahead.

We all the time must be robust, however this power can tackle totally different kinds. The “empire of lies,” which I discussed to start with of my speech, proceeds in its coverage primarily from tough, direct pressure. That is when our saying on being “all brawn and no brains” applies.

Everyone knows that having justice and fact on our facet is what makes us really robust. If so, it could be onerous to disagree with the truth that it’s our power and our readiness to battle which are the bedrock of independence and sovereignty and supply the required basis for constructing a dependable future on your dwelling, your loved ones, and your Motherland.

Expensive compatriots,

I’m sure that devoted troopers and officers of Russia’s Armed Forces will carry out their responsibility with professionalism and braveness. I’ve little question that the federal government establishments in any respect ranges and specialists will work successfully to ensure the soundness of our economic system, monetary system and social wellbeing, and the identical applies to company executives and all the enterprise group. I hope that every one parliamentary events and civil society take a consolidated, patriotic place.

On the finish of the day, the way forward for Russia is within the fingers of its multi-ethnic individuals, as has all the time been the case in our historical past. Because of this the choices that I made shall be executed, that we are going to obtain the objectives we’ve set, and reliably assure the safety of our Motherland.

I consider in your help and the invincible pressure rooted within the love for our Fatherland.

February 24, 2022


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