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Feb 15, 2021
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Boycott of the Kremlin: Putin in Munich has already said everything

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking at the 43rd Munich Conference, 2007

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking at the 43rd Munich Conference, 2007 (Photo: Dmitry Astakhov / TASS)

President of Russia Vladimir Putin does not plan to speak at the Munich Security Conference, which will be held online due to the pandemic on February 19-20. This was announced by the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov

Earlier it became known that the US President will take part in the forum “remotely” Joe Biden, head of the European Commission Ursula von Der Lane, UN Secretary General Antonio GuteresNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and American Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry… About the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel, while there is no clarity.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki has already announced the theme of Biden’s speech – he will talk about “the importance of transatlantic ties and the need for the United States and Europe to tackle global challenges together.” In general, it is clear in advance against whom the “righteous anger” of the event participants will be directed, who will be called the main “culprit” of these challenges – Russia.

The capital of Bavaria, we recall, has been gathering world leaders, politicians and experts since 1963 to discuss topical issues in the international sphere. Since the late 90s, our country has been taking part in the forum.

Putin already spoke in Munich 14 years ago – in February 2007. The only time of all, but then his speech had the effect of an exploding bomb. Many in the West began to say that this was “the toughest speech since the Cold War”.

And he just made it clear that the world cannot be unipolar – such a world is doomed. That the aggravation of relations between Russia and the West, the advance of NATO to our borders, will inevitably lead to the fact that Russia will have to somehow respond. And that the Russian Federation, as a sovereign great power, will not allow anyone to dictate conditions to it and interfere in its internal politics.

They did not listen then …

But now it turns out that much of what Putin warned about has already come true, is coming true or has not lost its relevance.

Once again, the Russian leader tried, as Peskov put it, to shout to the common sense of the so-called “partners” in his recent address to the participants in the Davos Forum. Again, for the first time in 12 years.

Judging by the latest statements by Western politicians, they never understood anything from what Putin said.

Does it make sense then to talk to them about something else?

– There is no sensation that the Russian president will not speak at the Munich conference, – comments on the situation political scientist, deputy director of the Institute of History and Politics at Moscow State Pedagogical University Vladimir Shapovalov… – Why should he perform? He visited Munich in 2007. Dot. One speech by our president is quite enough there.

Both the Munich Conference and the Davos Forum are optional, informal, non-governmental platforms. Expert platforms. The only natural tribune is the UN platform. Therefore, it seems to me that it is quite obvious that if there is any issue that needs to be discussed at the global level, then this should be done not in Munich, but within the framework of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council. What our president does all the time.

Second. As far as I remember, our president in 2019 took the initiative to discuss all global problems in the format of the leaders of the five permanent member states of the Security Council. This initiative remains in effect. It is indicated. And if the leaders of global powers want to discuss something, this initiative can be implemented at any time. In any format – remotely, in person, in New York or somewhere else.

Again, Putin just said everything in Davos. Therefore, what’s the point of saying something in Munich. To repeat again? I don’t think it makes any sense.

Actually, our president constantly makes important messages that do not concern Russia, not Europe, but the whole world. And this kind of performances in international formats happen very, very often. We hear them almost two or three times a year.

Therefore, those who, so to speak, have ears will hear. Everything that is needed has already been said by our president. If someone hasn’t heard, that’s their problem.

“SP”: – But how to build a constructive dialogue with them if they want, in fact, one thing – so that we throw the white flag and surrender?

– Dialogue is always needed. Even if this dialogue is overshadowed by the most violent conflict. We remember the period of the Cold War, which, nevertheless, developed its own rules. And the dialogue between Moscow and Washington did take place. Agreements and “red lines” took place.

Now, in fact, we are entering a phase of tough confrontation, which some experts consider to be analogous to the Cold War. And in this state of the world, dialogue is especially important. And, of course, dialogue is salutary for the world in the context of the high degree of conflict in international relations that they are now acquiring.

Russia is always open to dialogue. We demonstrate this constantly, and it is not our fault that this dialogue does not always work out.

“SP”: – How would you assess the words of Sergei Lavrov that “if you want peace – get ready for war”? Some news agencies interpreted them as Russia’s readiness to sever all ties with the EU if Brussels imposes sanctions that pose risks to sensitive sectors of the Russian economy.

– In fact, the entire context of Lavrov’s statement should be viewed as a warning. A proactive statement, it seems to me. Because there is an absolutely obvious tendency for the next round of escalation of the conflict between the West and Russia. And here the persecution that was arranged by the head of the European Parliament acts as a marker Josep Borrell after his return from Russia. The brethren of the European official were practically destroyed morally because he allegedly behaved in an inappropriate manner in Moscow.

But, I do not know how he should have behaved in the conditions of the negotiation process with Lavrov. It is not entirely clear what, in this case, was part of his mission?

Therefore, Lavrov’s statement is rather a designation of the “red lines”. He is not saying that we are severing relations with the EU. He warns that “if you continue to act this way and that, there will be a pause in relations between Russia and the European Union, unfortunately. It will not be our fault ”.

I hope that this statement should cool some “hotheads” to the west of us. And to raise certain questions for European (and not only European) politicians on the subject of how far it is necessary to go further along the path of escalating the conflict with Russia. Have you already made enough progress in this direction? And isn’t it time to put the situation of constant attack on Russia on pause?

“SP”: – While we warn and call the West to sanity, the EU, as it became known, has already begun work on new anti-Russian sanctions …

– There are several processes here that have coincided in time, and they need to be considered in a general context. First of all, this is the process of the change of power in the States, which, of course, will greatly reformat the European political space.

Europeans, obviously, are guided by the slenderness of the rows. And if the period Replacement, this is a period of confrontation between the US and Europe, now there is a feeling that Europe will try to fit into the channel of American politics.

Therefore, with a high degree of probability, everything will depend not on European leaders in this situation, but on American leaders.

But the signal from Russia sounded. This signal is a warning not only to Europeans, but also to Americans. Moreover, not so long ago – a few days ago – we outlined our position on the presence of American warships in the Black Sea. There were several more similar statements from our side.

Will Americans and Europeans hear this signal? Hope so.

But I emphasize once again that the center of decision-making still lies across the ocean – in Washington. Brussels is not subjective in making such decisions.

But I think that Western politicians have enough reason to take into account the Russian position and understand that this position is clearly articulated and does not imply any kind of pressure.

By the way, in this regard, I want to note that this position was not voiced out of nowhere, for a reason. We see that before our eyes there is an attempt to destroy Russia, the Russian government by Western technologists. In this case, the September elections to the State Duma are a very important benchmark. And this is a warning: “Stop! Don’t take any steps in this direction! “

“SP”: – How far, in your opinion, are we ready to go in defending our sovereignty and those “red lines”? After all, Russia is not the Soviet Union …

– The Soviet Union also did not seek to solve problems by military means, but acted at the expense of diplomacy and political means. This is an important point. Russia will do just that.

It should be noted that Russia has its own ways of responding – both diplomatic and political and economic. These include counter-sanctions, which, as you know, are in effect against Western countries, and which can be expanded at any time. This and another kind of action – actions in relation to diplomatic representatives, for example.

But at the same time, one should remember that Europe is sufficiently dependent on Russia, just as, by the way, Russia is on Europe. Economically.

We have little in common with America economically. But we are closely linked with Europe, and any serious sanctions measures are of a bilateral nature. Therefore, the introduction of serious sanctions against Russia is for the Europeans an element of a blow to their own economy. And the EU economy is currently, to put it mildly, not in very good shape as a result of the pandemic. And here the question is, to what extent are the Europeans ready to follow the path of toughening sanctions against Russia. Considering that Russia is ready for retaliatory measures.

Again, I would like to recall the statement made by international financial experts in recent months that the Russian economy is in a much better structural condition, and that we do not have serious problems like some other countries.

Of course, we would not like a confrontation. But everything has a price.

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