President Putin: Global Decisions Are the Cause of Cold War, Not Local Conflicts
21 June 2015
EIRNS —Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed, during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, that the roots of many of the crises that are discussed today lie in the West moving to fill the political vacuum that opened up after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. "We keep talking about things that already happened, but we never discuss why they happened,"
Putin said, during a question-and-answer session with American journalist Charlie Rose. He noted that once the Soviet Union was gone, certain Western powers, notably the United States, acted as if they were in a state of euphoria. "Instead of developing good neighbourly relations and partnerships, they began to develop the
When Rose asked Putin about American claims that Russia is supporting and encouraging the "separatists" in southeastern Ukraine, Putin pointed out that "it is not local conflicts that cause a cold war, but global decisions like the withdrawal of the United States from the antimissile defence treaty. This is a step that pushes us all towards a new spiral in the arms race because it changes the global security system." If the conflict in Ukraine is resolved by political means "no weapons will be necessary, but it does require goodwill and a desire to enter into direct dialogue, and we will assist in this."
On the broader question of Russia’s relations with the US, Putin said that "The problem is that we are being forced to accept other’s standards and solutions without consideration for our understanding of our own interests." He called on the US to
As for Russia’s relationship with China, Putin said " the level, nature and confidence of our relations have probably reached an unprecedented level in their entire history." Putin emphasized that it isn’t just Russia which is turning towards China. " The whole world is looking at Asia, and Europe is also looking for opportunities to develop relations, while for us this does come naturally we are neighbours and this is a natural affinity," he said.
Putin rejected the notion that the Russia-China relationship could lead to some sort of anti-Western alliance. " There is no country, including China, against which we or China, as far as I understand China’s policy, would build our policy. We do not form
What Russia wants, above all, Putin said is "to ensure our interests without in any way harming our partners. However, we are counting on a constructive, direct and substantive dialogue. When we see an absence of dialogue or an absence of desire to talk to us, this naturally causes a certain response."