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Western Leaders Who Predicted Russia’s Collapse ‘Don’t Know Any History’

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Western Leaders Who Predicted Russia’s Collapse ‘Don’t Know Any History’


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At the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to the global dynamic of moving toward a multipolar order and away from one dominated by Europe and the United States.

The Russian leader noted that Western sanctions, intended to strangle Russia’s economy, have instead accelerated the process of decentering the West and spurred new relationships between Russia and partners in Africa and Asia. He also pointed to increased trade in rubles and yuan, although he cautioned that Russia has never intended to “de-dollarize” its economy.

Professor Joe Siracusa, a political scientist and dean of Global Futures at Curtin University in Western Australia, told Sputnik on Friday that Putin was “simply registering what is already a reality.”

“The world has already broken up, with the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Agreement, and we got the Western groups. The world is broken up into multi-polar agencies. I thought it was a very good statement,” Siracusa said. “It’s not like it’s about to happen – it has happened – and Russia has joined the show.”

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Siracusa noted the “really well-dressed people from around the world, men and women there” at SPIEF, saying it “suggested to me that the American-led sanctions on Russia are a complete failure.”

“Putin literally left the sanctions for dead tonight and makes it look ridiculous, what the West is trying to do. At the same time, he didn’t have a lot of malice in his voice, he invited Western companies, transnationals to come back to Russia without penalty. That’s sort of very magnanimous,” he said.

During his remarks in St. Petersburg, Putin also spoke of the special military operation in Ukraine, which is in its 16th month and where Ukraine has recently launched a new counteroffensive heavily based on Western-supplied weapons. Putin noted that Ukraine is on the verge of running out of weapons while Russian military production is continuing to ramp up, leading him to predict that Kiev has no chance of winning.

Siracusa said Putin’s confidence stems from “the fact is that Russia is bigger and has outlasted Ukraine.”

“I think the Russian armed forces have acquitted themselves very well. I mean, the Ukrainians tried to resist them, but it was of no use. And I think President Putin is just stating a fact,” he noted.

Siracusa said that Western leaders have chosen to ignore the neo-Nazi elements of Ukraine’s military, and the ethnic supremacism of today’s Ukraine, and funnel weapons to them anyway because “they don’t know any history.”

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“They don’t understand historical events. Many of them are in their 40s and 50s and have no recollection of this. And in American universities, only 5% of people study history, in terms of the Bachelor of Arts degree in history. So, there’s a much lesser understanding of what these things are. And it’s not helped by the ignorance in Washington.”

“And of course, Washington had its own drama. I like to say that ‘Washington is 70 square miles surrounded by reality.’ They sort of make up things as they go along and attribute significance to them. But look, it’s a matter of ignorance. That’s what drives me crazy, is when people don’t know what they’re talking about and then sometimes they just make it up.”

Indeed, Putin spoke of the neo-Nazi atrocities in Ukraine, including a video circulating that depicts those atrocities, noting that the goal of the special military operation is the de-Nazification of Ukraine.

“This idea of de-Nazification, which, of course, is one of the basis of the allied occupation of Germany and Austria after the second World War, has lost its significance in the West. That is, Western audiences aren’t familiar with what the president is talking about. I mean, the idea of de-Nazification is a project that goes on for a 100 years, you just don’t knock the DNA out of these people overnight. I understand it in its long historical terms. I think it could have been explained a little better. And I think the Western press made no effort to explain it at all.”





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