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April 21, 2014

WORLD-TYRANT WORLD a/o 04 19 14

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WORLD-TYRANT WORLD a/o 04 19 14 

 

 

 

 

 

EXCERPTS from: Direct Line with Vladimir Putin 

 

 

17 April 2014, 15:55, Moscow 

 

http://eng.news.kremlin.ru/news/7034/print

 

 

 

 

MARIA SITTEL: Mr President, there are millions of ethnic Russians living in Ukraine.  After the events in Crimea, the new authorities regard them as outcasts.  Ms Tymoshenko even urged her supporters to take up arms and deal with them. 

 

 

KIRILL KLEYMYONOV:  The “damned Russians.” 

 

 

MARIA SITTEL: Yes, exactly.  There are many utterances of this sort and a huge number –- actually the majority-– of questions [are] about the fate of ethnic Russians in Ukraine.  Let us give the floor to Mr Lukyanenko, a writer, who has a question on this topic. 

 

 

DMITRY SHCHUGOREV: Sergei Lukyanenko is a well-known writer, who denounced Ukraine as a damned land after the bloodletting on the Maidan in February, which no one wants to investigate, and responded to his Ukrainian colleagues’ reproaches by banning his books from being translated and published in Ukraine. 

 

 

What is your question, Mr Lukyanenko? 

 

SERGEI LUKYANENKO: Mr President, Ukraine has developed as a state hostile to Russia for 23 years. . . 

 

 

VLADIMIR PUTIN: I beg your pardon? 

 

 

SERGEI LUKYANENKO: I say that Ukraine has developed as a state hostile to Russia for the last 23 years.  There was even a saying to this effect: “Ukraine is not Russia.”  The most horrible thing is that these seeds have borne fruit.  We see what is happening: the country is being plunged into nationalist, if not fascist, hysteria.  The authorities are sending army units and punitive squads to southeastern Ukraine.  And the most glaring thing, as I see it, is that Russia’s position is being ignored by the West [The World Tyrant / NATO] and hushed up in Ukraine. 

 

 

How, in your opinion, can we bring our point of view across?  And is this even possible?  Can we convince the West [The World Tyrant / NATO] to listen to us and understand us?  Sometimes I have the impression that we are unable to get through to them. 

 

 

VLADIMIR PUTIN: You know, Sergei (may I call you Sergei?), I don’t agree with you.  I know you as one of the best modern writers –-a widely read and widely published one.  But I can’t agree that Ukraine is a damned land; please don’t use this expression with regard to Ukraine. 

 

 

Ukraine is a *long-suffering* land; it’s a very complicated community and a long-suffering one in the direct sense of the word. Nationalism and even neo-Nazism are experiencing a resurgence in western Ukraine. 

 

 

But you know well the history of this territory and its people.  Some of these territories were part of Czechoslovakia, some of Hungary, some of Austro-Hungary and some of Poland, where they [Ukrainians] were *never full-fledged citizens*.  You know, something has always been growing in their heart of hearts. 

 

 

Some people seem to believe that it is this circumstance –-because these territories were former possessions of several present-day EU countries-– that imbues them [Ukrainians] with some special European substance.  That they were *second-rate* citizens in those states seems to have been forgotten, but this still lurks in their historical memory, under the crust, deep down in their hearts, see?  It’s where their nationalism comes from, I think. 

 

 

Central, eastern and southeastern Ukraine is another matter.  I’ve just mentioned this area, New Russia, which has intertwined its roots with those of the Russian state. The local people have a somewhat different mentality.  They found themselves part of present-day Ukraine, which had been pieced together in the Soviet period.  Of course, it is difficult for them [the local people here and the other people over to the west] to establish proper relations and to understand each other.  But we should help them to do so as much as we can. 

 

 

What, under the circumstances, is our role, the role of a good neighbour and the closest relative?  Will our overseas partners [The World Tyrant] and partners in Europe [NATO] hear us?  I hope they will.  But at the same time –-I have just said as much-– there are certain apprehensions with regard to Russia itself, its huge territory, its potential growth and power.  This is why they prefer to cut us to size and take [tear] us to pieces.  

 

Will our partners hear us in this case?  I’ve just said what they are largely being guided by, but I think they should hear us, because 

 

in the burgeoning modern world, keeping in mind its development trends in the short historical term and in the longer historical term, 

 

this world, the *whole* of Europe, as I said, from Lisbon to Vladivostok, should unite to be competitive and viable in the rapidly developing world.  This is an extremely important circumstance.  I hope that our partners will hear and understand us. 

 

 

KIRILL KLEYMENOV: Mr Putin, the questions about Ukraine are quite prevalent on the Direct Line website. I browsed through the most frequent ones over the past minutes and found some repeated ones. 

 

 

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Just a moment. 

 

 

Sergei, please, there is no need to ban your books from being published anywhere, including Ukraine. It’s not about money but the fact that you are one of Russia’s most outstanding authors, part of Russian culture.  And we must promote Russian culture there instead of removing it, all right? 

 

 

SERGEI LUKYANENKO: Right, then I agree. 

 

 

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Thank you. 

 

 

. . . 

 

 

 

KIRILL KLEYMENOV: There are people on the [World Tyrant] sanctions list in this studio. Probably some of them don’t even know they’ve been blacklisted.  But Dmitry Kiselev knows for sure that his name is on the list.  Valeria, go ahead, please. 

 

 

VALERIA KORABLEVA: Dmitry Kiselev, Director General of the Rossiya Segodnya Information Agency. 

 

 

DMITRY KISELEV: Good afternoon, Mr Putin. They’ve promised us the video question format, and I was eager to support it in some way. But since we’re having some technical problems, I’ll create an image with my fingers. 

 

 

Here’s a ring, and it seems to me our country is inside it.  I have a feeling that someone is stifling me.  I think this is NATO because it is spreading like a cancerous tumour.  In the past 25 years, this bloc has literally swallowed our Warsaw Treaty allies, then some parts of the Soviet Union, and the Baltic states.  It has opened its jaws to swallow Georgia and now Ukraine as well. 

 

 

Officials at the NATO headquarters say that it would make sense to admit Ukraine into NATO as well, whereas you’re saying that the bloc system is dying out. I cannot agree with that because I feel this bloc is stifling me. 

 

 

Of course, you can call me paranoid, to attribute this to paranoia.  But even if someone has paranoia, it doesn’t mean he isn’t harassed.  So it’s not about me, but about NATO’s expansion.  Where is the red line?  Does it exist at all?  And what do you feel as the national leader?  Nothing personal, Mr Putin.  Thank you. 

 

 

VLADIMIR PUTIN: *We’ll strangle all of them ourselves!*  Why are you so afraid? (Applause.

 

 

DMITRY KISELEV: No, I’m not afraid, of course.  I just want to know where the red line is and where to stop.  Are there limits, and who will define them?  Thank you. 

 

 

VLADIMIR PUTIN: We aren’t afraid –-neither me nor anyone else.  Nobody should be afraid, but we must proceed from reality.  As for reality, you’ve just described it rather vividly in your brilliant manner and given us the creeps in some way.  Let me repeat that I wouldn’t fear anything, but we must assess the situation realistically.  So what is it like?  You’ve conjured up the image [encirclement]. 

 

 

At one time, we were promised (I mentioned this at the Munich security conference) that after Germany’s unification, NATO wouldn’t spread eastward.  The then NATO Secretary-General told us that the alliance wouldn’t expand beyond its eastern borders.  However, it started expanding by incorporating former Warsaw Treaty member-countries and later on, the Baltic states, former Soviet republics. 

 

 

I used to say at one time: “Why are you doing this?  Do you want to ensure the security of these countries?  Do you think someone may attack them?  Well, it’s enough to sign a bilateral treaty on friendship and mutual assistance, including military aid, and their security will be ensured.”  I heard in response: “This doesn’t concern you.  Nations and countries have the right to choose a way of ensuring their security themselves.” 

 

 

All right, this is true.  But it is also true that when the infrastructure of a military bloc approaches our borders, we have grounds for certain apprehensions and questions.  We must take certain steps, and this is also true; nobody can deny us *this* right. And this compels us to counteract. 

 

 

I’ll use this opportunity to say a few words about our talks on missile defence.  This issue is no less, and *probably even more important*, than NATO’s eastward expansion.  Incidentally, our decision on Crimea was partially prompted by this. 

 

 

Needless to say, first and foremost we wanted to support the residents of Crimea, but we also followed [a] certain logic: If we don’t do anything, Ukraine will be drawn into NATO sometime in the future.  We’ll be told: “This doesn’t concern you,” and NATO ships will dock in Sevastopol, the city of Russia’s naval glory. 

 

 

But it isn’t even the emotional side of the issue.  *The point is* that Crimea protrudes into the Black Sea, being in its centre, as it were.  However, in military terms, it doesn’t have the importance it used to have in the 18th and 19th centuries –-I’m referring to modern strike forces, including coastal ones. 

 

 

But if NATO troops walk in, they will immediately deploy these [modern strike] forces there.  Such a move would be geopolitically sensitive for us because, in this case, Russia would be practically ousted from the Black Sea area.  We’d be left with just a small coastline of 450 or 600km, and that’s it! 

 

 

In this way, Russia may be really ousted from this region that is extremely important for us, a region for which so many Russians gave up their lives during all the previous centuries.  This is a serious thing. 

 

 

*So we shouldn’t fear anything but we must consider these circumstances and react accordingly*. 

 

 

As I’ve just said, the same is happening with our talks on the deployment of US [World Tyrant] missile defence elements. 

 

 

*This is not a defensive system, but part of the offensive potential deployed far away from home*. 

 

 

Again we’re being told: “This is not against you.” 

 

 

However, at the expert level, everyone understands very well that if these systems are deployed closer to our borders, our *ground-based* strategic missiles will be within their striking range.  Everyone is well aware of this, but we’re being told: “Please believe us, this is not against you.”  [The World Tyrant claims it’s against Iran.] 

 

 

Our American [World Tyrant] partners have turned down our proposal to sign even some trifling legal paper that would say that these systems are not directed against us.  Surprising as it is, but this is a fact.  Naturally, we are bound to ask: “And why do you refuse to sign anything if you believe this is not directed against us?” 

 

 

It would seem a trifle – a piece of paper that could be signed today and thrown away tomorrow – but they are reluctant to do even that.  If they deploy these elements in Europe, we’ll have to do something in response, as we’ve said so many times.  But this means an escalation of the arms race!  Why do this? 

 

 

It would be much better to look at this issue and determine *if* there are missile threats from some directions and decide how this system should be controlled or accessed.  It would be sensible to do it together, but no, they don’t want that. 

 

 

Naturally, we’ll continue these talks with patience and persistence, but 

 

 

in any event, we’ll do everything to guarantee the security of the Russian people, and I’m sure we’ll succeed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr. 19, Juche 103 (2014) Saturday 

 

 

http://www.rodong.rep.kp/en/index.php?strPageID=SF01_02_01&newsID=2014-04-19-0016&chAction=T

 

 

Each Round Getting Worse

 

 

 

Successive White House [World Tyrant] bosses were all well-versed in feigning their concern about peace in the Korean Peninsula.  But in fact they were all trigger-happy fellows, hell bent on war provocations.  Their excuses for war challenge were the same –war provocation and threat from North Korea—-, and they without exception tried to use international organization in achieving their purpose. 

 

 

Some time ago when we had a rocket firing drill, the U.S. [The World Tyrant] accused us at the UNSC. 

 

 

What a fun it was! 

 

 

A lie cannot hide a criminal.  The U.S. [The World Tyrant] is *always* a criminal, disturbing peace and provoking a new war. 

 

 

After Japan’s defeat in WW2, the U.S. [World Tyrant] troops landed in south Korea allegedly to disarm the Japanese army. 

 

 

Harboring a dream of continental advance [China] with Korea as stepping stone, the U.S. [The World Tyrant] caused frequent armed conflicts along the 38th parallel and finally unleashed a war against our Republic [the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea]. 

 

 

The war ended in their [The World Tyrant’s] failure.  But their attempt for another try in Korea continued.  Provocative incidents happened one after another –the U.S. [World Tyrant spy] ship “Pueblo” incident, Panmunjom incident, “EC-121” spy plane incident and so on. 

 

 

Things are none the better in the new century. 

 

 

No sooner had Bush come into office than he renounced the DPRK-U.S. Agreed Framework unilaterally, and he put our country in the U.S. [World Tyrant] list of preemptive nuclear strike targets. 

 

 

The pinprick policy still remains unchanged with the present Obama administration. 

 

 

The U.S. [World Tyrant] troops stage incessant joint military execises with involvement of huge forces, openly declaring their aim is to make “someone” go down. 

 

 

The U.S. [The World Tyrant] has abused our satellite launching for space development too as a pretext to justify its provocative maneuvers. 

 

 

This year, the U.S. [World Tyrant] threat and provocation against our Republic have gone *beyond* the stage of danger. 

 

 

When a tendency towards detente was going to be created on the Korean Peninsula by the DPRK’s peaceful efforts, the U.S. [The World Tyrant] kicked off joint military exercises Key Resolve and Foal Eagle by dint of huge aggressive troops and lethal weapons. 

 

 

The exercises involved the greatest number of troops ever since 1993 and even committed a landing drill aimed at occupying Pyongyang. 

 

 

It was an extremely dangerous provocation of *announcing the start of war in advance* beyond the limit of threat. 

 

 

Recently the U.S. [The World Tyrant] has revealed its intent again to intensify military provocations to wreck peace and stability on *and around* the Korean Peninsula. 

 

 

The U.S. chief executive at a confab in Europe with his Japanese and south Korean counterparts tried to openly justify the joint military exercises, prattling that the war games would be intensified further. 

 

 

*The DPRK is in the state of war with the U.S. [The World Tyrant]*. 

 

 

Ignoring the circumstances, the U.S. [The World Tyrant] is playing DPRK-targeted war games to incite a war fever and deliberately render the situation strained while finding fault with our self-defensive measures *to prevent war* as provocation. 

 

 

How shameless it is! 

 

 

The U.S. [World Tyrant] war games designed to occupy Pyongyang is evidently *a grave military provocation* and challenge to our efforts for peace. 

 

 

The U.S. [The World Tyrant] call for peace and security on the Korean Peninsula is a deception. 

 

 

If the U.S. [The Wrld Tyrant] wants to intimidate the DPRK with its military strength, it is really foolish. 

 

 

The DPRK has *the* war deterrent, a powerful physical strength capable of smashing the U.S. [World Tyrant] provocation and safeguarding peace. 

 

 

The U.S. [The World Tyrant] reckless military provocations would result in *our* continuous boosting of its [the DPRK’s] war deterrent. 

 

 

The U.S. [The World Tyrant] should know it and make a right option. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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