December 9, 2022

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Vladimir Putin, compared by the British Minister of Defense to a drug dealer: “He will come back for more”

Vladimir Putin has endorsed Moscow’s new foreign policy doctrine, a document which states that Russia should “protect, save and promote the traditions and ideals of the Russian World”.

That is, also of Russians living in independent countries after the collapse of the USSR. It is also the argument invoked by the Kremlin to justify the special military operation in Ukraine.

However, the Russian invasion seems bogged down, including the lack of equipment and mountains. This is how, according to the American secret services, Moscow would have ended up buying millions of shells from North Korea.

During a visit to Kamchatka, in the Russian Far East, Putin linked a meeting with the falconers to the mission of his army in Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin approved a new Russian foreign policy doctrine

The interaction with the Stormo Falcon came after the approval of Moscow’s new foreign policy doctrine. A 31-page document, built around the concept of the “Russian World”, already used by the Kremlin to justify the invasion of Ukraine.

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Vladimir Putin, President of Russia: “The tragedy of the situation in the Donbas region is the result of the actions of the nationalist and neo-Nazi regime that took power by force (in Ukraine). Our duty is to help these people (from Donbas) and that’s what Russia is doing now.”

For years, Putin has been harping on what he sees as the tragic fate of some 25 million ethnic Russians who found themselves living outside the Federation, in independent states that emerged after the collapse of the USSR.

Putin attended the week-long military exercises involving several allied countries, including China, in the Russian Far East. However, they are nowhere near the desired scale, as the troops and equipment are “trapped” on the front in Ukraine.

Russia buys weapons from North Korea

US intelligence has determined that Moscow is buying missiles and millions of artillery shells from North Korea. This is after they recently received Iranian drones, not exactly functional. According to The New York Times, these purchases show that the sanctions are having an effect, reducing Russia’s ability to sustain its invasion.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Defense Secretary compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to a drug dealer who unscrupulously takes advantage of Europeans’ dependence on Russian gas.

If we don’t stand together, if we don’t stand up now, these threats aren’t going to go away on their own, and for people in Prague or Cologne, if you give in to the dealer – the drug dealer – or the guy who gets you addicted to heroin, he will be back for more” argued Ben Wallace.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov: “You know that the problems with gas supply arose because of the sanctions imposed on our country and some Russian companies by Western states, including Germany and Great Britain. There are no other reasons that could give rise to problems.”

It is the harshest and most explicit statement so far by which the Kremlin makes gas deliveries conditional on the lifting of sanctions.

Macron: The best energy is the one we don’t use

In response, French President Emmanuel Macron defended “European solidarity” in the field of energy, after a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The two agreed on a common position, pending European negotiations on countering the galloping increase in energy costs.

Emmanuel Macron, President of France: “The best energy is the one we don’t consume. Our goal is a 10% reduction in consumption and it is absolutely possible to achieve it. If, collectively, we manage to adopt a more sober behavior and make efforts to save energy, then we will not end up with rationalizations or blackouts”.

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