Today on his “Direct Line” President Vladimir Putin fully revealed himself as a national leader. Never before he did not speak on behalf of the Russian people with so strong wright, convincingly and sincerity. This wright was given to him by the return of the Crimea and Sevastopol. Now Putin went down in history ona par with Catherine the Great, Potemkin and Suvorov who achieved adding this land to Russia.
Status of the national leader gave Putin the opportunity to speak from a position of national reconciliation in the country. He urged not to call the opposition “hamsters” and Russian military people – “green men”. You might say that it’s just a small stuff. But the opposition was called “hamsters” to humiliate it and to de-humanize it. Saying, they are not people, they are just absurd hamsters. Putin criticized this position today. Obviously, he made it like a national leader, standing above the politics.
Putin called for peace negotiations in Ukraine, called for considering Russian and Russian-speaking population’ opinion in Ukraine. This is a sensible and reasonable offer and I think that in this matter the President will be supported by the vast majority of the population.
Asolutely correct accents are put in the realtions of Russia and West. Utin declared readiness to build Europe from Lissabon to Vladivostok. We were promised before. Even presiden de Gaulle told about “Europe from Atlantics to Ural”. In the Gorbi era started to say “to Vladivostok”, including the whole territory of our country to European continent. But practically Russia is not in. They just gave a “side chair” in Big Four and a membership in useless Russia-NATO Council. It was positioned like a channel between our country and NATO, but failed to be used in this role. During the Russia-Georgia conflict it was freezed y the will of West.
Putin logically declares from the point of Russian national interests. He seems to be saying: “We are the organic part of the West and Europe.” We should not be in Western organizations on “bird’s rights,” we should have full voting rights and the right to defend our national interests. For too long, America has acted with our country on the principle: “We win, you lose. Sign here.”
The time came to review created after 1991 rules of the game, when Russian, for this “side chair” was forced to reject from national interests, making a blind eye on NATO’s expansion to the East. In this era, Foreign Minister Kozyrev was called “Yes Man”, but a diplomatwho always agrees with everything – is not a diplomat – because it’s not possible to defend the interests of your country by saying “yes” all the time.
A century and a half ago, German Chancellor Bismarck warned German politicians: do not try to cheat with Russian, because Russian always come for their money. Today, it is happening. Russia is back for the fact that belongs to it by the right – the status of a great power, with the right to vote in the “concert of great powers.” For too long, the West told us: “You have no veto right on NATO expansion. You have no veto right on the bombing of Yugoslavia.” It seems, the time came to correct the world’s order taking into account the Russian interests.
In Europe of 19th century existed a term “concert of powers”. It meant that all global questions were decided by the leading countries: Britain, Russian, France, Germany and Austria-Hungary. Russia was an organi part of this concert. In the 20th century USSR replaced Russia, but the opinion of Stalin and later, “dear Leonid Ilych” (Brezhnev) had a value in Europe and in the whole world. And only in 1991 we lost the right to vote. Now we have to turn Russia back to “european concert”. Why Americans consult with France, Germany and Britain, but ignore Russia? It’s unfair! Possibly, it’s time to reform OBSE – this organization was created as a guarantor of peace and balance of power in Europe, but now became a usual anti-Russian office, sending their cloak-and-dagger agents everywhere.
Historically, a great influence of Russia in Europe provided a solid peace in this part of the world. This was in 1815-1855 years, this was in 1945-1991 years too. It’s time to go back to the bridge, the world is waiting. I suppose, today’s speech of Vladimir Putin was dedicated to this – bringing Russia back to power.