Putin met the press with his Belarusian counterpart, Lukashenko, on a trip to the Vostochny space launch facility in Russia`s the Far East, and Putin said the campaign is going according to plan, adding it is not moving faster because Russia wants to minimize losses.
«The military operation will continue until its full completion and the fulfillment of the tasks that have been set,» Putin said. He also said that the economy had successfully resisted new Western sanctions.
A lot of people have already talked about food shortages, and so do Putin. Food shortages or incredibly high prices on world markets will lead to hunger in regions throughout the world, Putin said. It`s inevitable. The next step would be a new wave of migration, including the Western countries.
Putin charged that Ukraine was turned into an «anti-Russian bridgehead.» He slammed the «fake» allegations of Russian troops responsible for the «Bucha killings.» Russia also claims that the bombing of the theater is «fake.» The nazis are doing it and blame Putin.
We all know what the Western Media has told us about all this. What worries me is that they all think they can judge and condemn someone before they have enough facts. Therefore, we all must cool down and wait for any specific causes of the incident to be verified and established. That being said; Lukashenko said he know what happened. Let`s wait and see.
In other words; any and all accusations should be based on facts before conclusions are drawn.
We all condemn the killings and support the call for an independent investigation. In the meantime, we will wait for the truth and hope those responsible for these war crimes will be punished.
The Russian leader also said that the economy and financial system withstood the impact of what he called the Western sanctions «blitz» and the ruble has recovered its losses.
Putin argued the sanctions will backfire against the West.
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The war in Ukraine started in 2014 when NATO overthrew the government of Ukraine in a coup. They installed a new government, and Putin and Russia didn`t like that at all. People in Eastern Ukraine didn`t like the new government either.
A new conflict started between the people in Eastern Ukraine and the new government, and they made a peace agreement saying that they should leave them alone, but they didn`t. They killed and tortured 14,000 people in Eastern Ukraine, and that is why Putin invaded Ukraine.
Putin said that 14,000 people is enough. Many of them were from Russia, so Putin wanted to protect the people. It`s also because NATO wants to expand into Ukraine. On top of that, they have a pipeline called Nordstrom 2, so Putin had many reasons to invade Ukraine.
This is what we hear from people who are familiar with this situation in Ukraine. People who speak up, but also journalists who cover this story from the inside. So many are saying that it isn`t Russia that is killing people in Eastern Ukraine. It`s Ukrainian soldiers. They have evidence. They kill and bomb people in Ukraine and blame Putin. The truth will come for a day anyway.
The U.S and NATO provoked this confrontation, and Putin had to stop it. Sending in more weapons and soldiers doesn`t solve the problem. Nor is a nuclear war a solution. That will be the end of human history.
We all learned this from WWI and WWII. War is stupid, and nobody wins a war. We know that. So, the only way is negotiation, and a neutral Ukraine is a solution Putin wants, but not Zelenskyy. Like I have said many times before; this would never have happened under Trump.
Trump didn`t start a single war. He always wanted peace and prosperity. And that`s exactly what he got. He lowered the tax and boosted the economy. Unemployment plunged to a historic low and businesses had a hell of a party. Take a look at the world now. It`s the opposite.
I think it is a big surprise for many in the world to see that far-left radical Noam Chomsky says that Donald Trump is the only Western Statsman who pushed for peace in Ukraine. Chomsky said Trump is the «one western statesman» with a «sensible» plan for resolving the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
Thijmen Sprakel had an interview with Chomsky last week, and Chomsky said that the proposed solution included «facilitating negotiations instead of undermining them and moving toward establishing some kind of accommodation in Europe, in which there are no military alliances but just mutual accommodations.»
Chomsky talked about George H.W Bush (the first Bush, not the second), proposed in the early ’90s, when after the collapse of the Soviet Union, proposed what they called a partnership for peace, which would be open for Europeans generally or Asians as well,» Chomsky continued, going on to stress that in his view, limiting NATO`s expansion and eliminating military alliances in Europe is the key.
I support Chomsky and think he is absolutely right. And I don`t understand what leaders are thinking today, because we know that this is exactly how WWI started. They all expanded and other countries became afraid, and followed up and did the same. They all escalated and it ended in a high degree of tension.
An 18-year-old kid killed Franz Ferdinand of Austria when he visited Sarajevo, and voila, WWI started. One of the deadliest conflicts in history.
We see the same tension today. NATO expand and make other countries afraid, and then they will stand up to this expansion and protected themselves, and the tension is climbing higher and higher.
Noam Chomsky knows this. He is internationally recognized as one of the most important intellectuals alive. His intellectual stature has been compared to that of Galileo, Newton, and Descartes, as his work has had a tremendous influence on a variety of areas of scholarly and scientific inquiry, including linguistics, logic and mathematics, computer science, psychology, media studies, and philosophy, politics, and international affairs.
Chomsky said a move toward negotiations and diplomacy instead of escalating the war is the key. Try to see if you can bring about an accommodation which would be roughly along these lines, Chomsky continued. «His name is Donald J.Trump.»
Russia has said that it would stop its assault if Ukraine declares neutrality, recognizes Crimea as Russian territory, and recognizes the independence of the breakaway Donbas republic of Donestk and Luhansk.
Zelenskyy said a few weeks ago that regarding Crimea and the Donbas, Ukraine is not prepared for Russian «ultimatums» but is ready to discuss the status of the territories. People who elected Zelenskyy are not ready to surrender, and he also said that he had «cooled down» on the idea of Ukraine joining NATO.
It`s time for the final round of the presidential battle in France, and Wednesday 20th will be critical for both, Macron and Le Pen. Those who win the war on words on Wednesday can end up as the next president in France.
But many people in France don`t know what to vote for this time. Le Pen is a far-right politician, and she and her party are in a good position to win this time. Opinion polls show that 47% of French voters want Le Pen to win.
Marine Le Pen sent shockwaves through Europe with her latest comments on NATO.
Le Pen said in a press conference that France will leave NATO if she wins the presidency. In 2019, Macron warned Europe and said; NATO is becoming brain-dead. He also said that Europe can no longer rely on America to defend NATO allies.
Macron said on October 21, 2019, that it is high time for Europe to «wake up».
Le Pen also suggested a strategic reconciliation between NATO and Russia once the war is over. On top of that, she wants to reform the EU from the inside. This is why Europe and NATO are so nervous over the French election on Sunday.
Le Pen believes that France can be useful in the resolution of the world`s great disorders, if and only if it is independent. What protesters don`t like is that Le Pen will start an alliance with Putin if she wins the election.
This election is crucial not just for France, but for the whole of Europe, and this is why investors should care. Le Pen is opposed to globalization, and she believes that it is a threat to French society. She proposed the replacement of the world trade organization. And the abolition of the IMF.
Le Pen is also against immigration and considers it a tool of Islamic extremism. Her party is best known for immigration issues, but less known for its economic policies. But she has changed since 2017, and she`s more focused on people`s cost of living.
She wants to eliminate VAT on a basket of foods while cutting the rate from 20 to 5 percent on electricity and petrol. She is more protectionist, and nationalist than Macron who is considered to be a man with a business-friendly agenda.
«Give the French their money back», is Le Pen`s slogan, and she has proposed big tax cuts and new spending. Income tax would be scrapped for everyone under 30, and interest-free loans of up to €100,000 would be offered to younger families, with the debt forgiven if they had three children.
This is good news for yellow vest protesters that started the «Gilets Jaunes» movement in France in 2018, originally a protest against a tax rise on petrol and diesel.
A French sovereign wealth fund would be created to promote an economy focused on what she calls «localism» as opposed to Macron`s «globalism».
People in France believe that Macron is a «president of the rich», and younger voters are angry mostly because of the nationwide cost of living crisis. Younger voters are also angry because of the lost years of their life due to the Covid pandemic and government lockdowns. This has also made an anti-establishment group against the French government.
Marine Le Pen knows this, and that`s why she is focusing on younger voters. The inflation in the eurozone is at its highest ever, and purchasing power and the cost of living is the single most important issue for 58% of voters and a clear majority within every age group except for those 18 to 24, for whom the environment ranks first.
Marine Le Pen is anti-NATO and anti-EU, friendly with Russia`s Vladimir Putin, and she doesn`t want a Frexit, and that has come under scrutiny.
Last Sunday was a good day for Mèlenchon, who finished close behind Le Pen. Polls suggest 30% of Mèlenchon voters might vote for Macron, and 23% for Le Pen. The rest is expected to abstain or vote blank next Sunday.
Macron made history in 2017 when he became the youngest president in France at the age of 39. He promotes democracy and liberalism, and he`s a globalist. He is a favorite to win the election, and 53% want him to be re-elected.
But, it can also be a close race, while 40% of the French voters are still undecided, so the outcome is uncertain. If Macron wins again, it would be a symbolic moment as he will be the first president for 20 years to win a second term.
Four years ago, the man behind Brexit, Nigel Farage, predicted that Marine Le Pen will win the French presidential election in 2022. Time will show.
U.S President Joe Biden won the most total votes, and the fewest total counties, of any president-elect. He won the most votes in history. More than Barrack Obama. More than Bill Clinton. Trump, Bush, you name it.
Biden won a record low of 17% of counties, which means he won 477 counties while Obama 2008 won 873. Joe Biden received over 81 million votes, and that`s the most in history.
Yesterday, former President Obama visited the White House. And he stole the show. This is the first time he visited the White House since he left, but there is no doubt about his popularity. The same cannot be said about Biden.
Biden`s approval ratings keep falling, and just 40% of Americans approve of the job that he is doing. It`s the lowest rating Biden has seen in his presidency. A majority of Americans continue to say the U.S is headed in the wrong direction.
The most embarrassing moment for Biden, the Americans, and all the people of the free world was when Biden went off-script to denounce Putin in his Poland speech.
He should be a great cheerleader, but when he spoke to the military personnel, people were looking down. And Biden spoke like it was a funeral. Some seem to be sleeping. It was a very low-energy moment, and it didn`t look good. That`s probably why people are a bit scared now.
Biden went off the script, and these words will always be remembered:
«We will have a different future, a brighter future, rooted in democracy and principle, hope and light of decency and dignity, of freedom and possibilities. For God`s sake, this man cannot remain in power».
Even more embarrassing is that the White House a few minutes later quickly clarified that Biden wasn`t talking about regime change. It was alarming, and it sent some shockwaves. Why did Biden go off-script when he have his pockets full of «cheat sheets» to avoid gaffes?
President Biden said Viktor Orban is a totalitarian thug and wants to remove him from office, but Orban said that this is up to the Hungarian people. Biden also said that Putin cannot remain in power, but I think that is also up to the people in Russia.
Orban won a landslide victory earlier this week, so he is very popular. 83% of the people in Russia like Putin and his job, so he is also very popular. That cannot be said about Biden.
Biden was overshadowed by Obama in the White House yesterday. People were paying so much attention to Obama, where the most powerful man in the United States of America was walking around like a lost puppy. It was a very sad image.
Everybody in the world can see that Biden is in a state of cognitive decline, and it isn`t better to see a vice president that seems to be in a constant nervous breakdown.
Did they set in Obama to lift the energy level to a higher point? Because that`s what he did. He overshadowed the president and the vice president a hundred times. Biden was the best VP in the world, but he should be at home with his dog instead of in the oval office.
We are at war with Russia, but that war would never have started with Trump in the White House. The president and the vice president are weak, and people in the free world can clearly see their failures.
This is very dangerous. Not only for the U.S but for the whole world. And there is no doubt; this cannot continue for two more years. If so, I think people will start to call for the 25th amendment.
Do you remember when Vladimir Putin invited many world leaders to Russia`s annual Victory Day parade in Red Square on May 9, 2015? Do you remember that all the western leaders were boycotting that event because of the crisis in Ukraine?
Vladimir Putin said at that time that the U.S is trying to create a «unipolar world». Putin and Russia have used an address commemorating the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany to accuse the U.S of attempting to dominate the world.
I wrote an article about it on June 3, 2015, and you can read that article here. Cuba`s Fidel Castro shares Putin`s worldview. He released a new book called «Cold War – A warning for a unipolar world» on September 1, 2003. Castro said; «To endure the global struggle between the superpowers is bad. To live under the total hegemony of one of them is worse».
That`s exactly what the war in Ukraine is about. A world order. World dominance. But Putin stopped this big dream, which means we will go from a Unipolar world to a Multipolar world.
The U.S President, Barack Obama, and Germany`s Angela Merkel didn`t come. Neither did other Western leaders like UK`s Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande. Moscow has increasingly appeared to pivot away from Europe and focus more on developing relations with China, I wrote in the article at that time in 2015.
The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, was the most high-profile guest on the podium next to Putin. Other presidents in attendance included India`s Pranab Mukherjee, Presiden Abdel Fatah al-Sisi of Egypt, Raul Castro of Cuba, Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, and Jacob Zuma of South Africa.
«The boycott illustrates the depth and breadth of the chasm now separating Russia and the West,» said Dmitri Trenin, head of the Carnegie Moscow Center.
But what is Putin trying to say when he claims that the U.S is trying to create a «Unipolar World?»
Unipolarity in international politics is a distribution of power in which one state exercises most of the cultural, economic, and military influence. Unipolarity is an interstate system and not an Empire. Unipolarity implies the existence of many juridically equal non-states, something that an empire denies.
Unipolarity is anarchical. Anarchy results from the incomplete power preponderance of the Unipole. Kenneth Waltz, argues that great power cannot «exert a positive control everywhere in the world.» Therefore, relatively weaker countries have the freedom to pursue policy preferences independent of the Unipol.
Unipolar systems possess only one great power and face no competition. If a competitor emerges, the international system is no longer unipolar. Kenneth Waltz maintains that the United States is the only «pole» to possess global interests.
So, here we are. We knew at that time that Russia appeared to pivot away from Europe and focus more on developing relations with China.
Russia in bed with China, India, and Africa means a new world order, and that coalition is powerful. Keep in mind that 50% of the world population lives in China and India alone. In terms of business; that is a huge market.
The unipolar world has come to an end.
The modern international order, system, and relations developed after the end of the Thirty Years’ War in 1618 – 1648, and the conclusion of the Westphalia Treaty in 1648. Raymond Aaron studied international relations and he said: «I call the international system a set of political entities that maintain constant relations and can be involved in a large-scale war».
It`s all a part of an evolution, and there are four types of structural organization of the international system: the Westphalian system (1648-1789) as a system of classical European balance, the Vienna system (1814-1914) the system of European concert, the Versailles-Washington system (1919-1939) with the main conquest, the League of Nations and the Yalta-Potsdam system (1945-1991), the crown of which is the creation of the United Nations.
There are three types of world order: unipolar, bipolar, and multipolar. The unipolar world order presupposes the domination of a single super-power that is ahead of all other states by its combined power.
The bipolar world order is transformed into a multipolar one when economic and military power comparable to the power of the two states is reached by other powers. In an equilibrium system, several large states maintain roughly the same influence on the course of the events, restricting each other`s excessive claims.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the world was multipolar, but by the middle of the century, two World Wars and many smaller conflicts had created a bipolar model.
With the end of the cold war and the collapse of the Soviet Union, bipolarity was replaced by unipolarity. The United States began to play a major role. But that has come to an end.
Recent facts and events show that the United States cannot cope with the role of being the only pole in the current world order. They were unable to balance forces in the Middle East. Neither with their troops nor with the support of groups that tried to seize power. Therefore; the troops withdraw from the war in Afghanistan.
The old world order is gone forever. Now, the world has entered a period of uncertainty and increased risks, exacerbated by the inability of the United States and its allies to solve the global problems of our time.
Former Barack Obama adviser, President of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haas introduced the concept of a world without states or a multipolar world in his book «A World in Disarray: America Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order.»
Nations must be prepared to surrender independence to world structures. The unipolar system has ended, and International relations in the 21st century will determine the situation of polarity. The power would be blurred rather than concentrated, and the importance of nation-States would diminish as non-state actors strengthened.
A multipolar system complicates diplomatic activity. it`s not just that they’re more actors in the polar world. It lacks the predictable fixed structures and systems of relations that characterize unipolar, bipolar, and multipolar structures.
The multipolar system will be difficult and dangerous, and international relations are undergoing a powerful transformation in the 21st century that changes the nature, structure, and essence of the international order.
A formation of a new model of international relations will be very painful and costly, and the entire world order will have to go through an era of turbulence. We had the pandemic. Now, we have a war, but there is more pain to come. There will be more economic and social hardships and it`s time for more world chaos.
The British philosopher and sociologist Sigmund Bauman said: «No one can consider themselves truly indispensable. Even the most privileged status can be temporary and suddenly change».