Putin‘s main message
Putin’s main message at #Valdai is to the West, “we need to negotiate, let’s negotiate / be friends, you need us, I don’t pretend to anything.”
In less than 40 min of speech, Putin at least EIGHT TIMES in different variations turned to the #West with a #proposal to resume dialogue / be friends / cooperate – because it will still have to, because there is no other option.
1. There are two ways for humanity now – …to try together to find solutions [to the global crisis], albeit not ideal, but working.
2. I have always believed and believe in this power of common sense.
3. Sooner or later, the West will have to start an equal conversation about our common future.
4. Russia will become an important contribution to building a multipolar world.
5. Russia, being an independent, original civilization, does not consider itself an enemy of the West. But there are two West – the traditional West, primarily of Christian values, with which we have common, still ancient roots …
6. Let me remind you of Russia’s proposals to Western partners to build confidence and build a system of collective security.
7. Russia tried to build relations with the West and NATO, its message was the same – “let’s live together.”
8. Russia is not challenging the elites of the West, we are not going to become a hegemon.
This is becoming a central theme for the Kremlin: to beat out the West’s consent to #dialogue by any means, to knock out a respite and possible escape routes.
Putin used diplomacy – all foreign leaders with whom he spoke were recruited to relay the request for negotiations.
Putin involved all the lobbyists on the payroll – not only Szijjarto, but also the politicians of Romania, Germany, Austria, Serbia, in general, the entire lobbying corps.
Putin is brandishing a nuclear baton, probably also hoping in this way to stimulate the West to dialogue.
Putin is trying to prove the usefulness and profitability of Russia – as the same source of cheap (in terms of money) energy resources, as a mediator in complex conflicts (although in fact as a conflict-generating factor, and everyone understands this), as a counterbalance in interaction with China …….!
Putin demonstratively reduced appetites – “we are not going to become a hegemon” (in a situation where the West is actively preparing to dismantle Russia, this sounds like a joke).
Conclusion: Putin is doing badly. Everything is bad in Russia. The fact that Putin spoke about the war, already answering questions from the audience, points to the origins of this “bad”.
Putin expects to hold on only by slipping out of the war and isolation.
But it is unlikely that he will be allowed to.
In the end, the West will need to compensate for all the losses from the Russian geopolitical demarche at someone’s expense (yes, it is the RF).
The #West seems to have finally learned a 300-year-old #lesson: #Moscow ALWAYS #attacks again, always #renews the #conflict, no #defeats in #wars stop this cycle.
[Writer Irina Mirochnik is the President at IMMER Group & Doctor of Philosophy in Law(PhD)]
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