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15 February 2008

Tough Talking Putin Lays It On The Line ...


At the time of typing we've not seen much coverage by America's mainstream media of Russian President Putin's recent personal portrayal of bare knuckle politics.

Examine these examples extracted from the man's marathon 5 hours (plus), performance:

Vladimir Putin's nuclear threat to the West

Vladimir Putin has delivered perhaps his most menacing tirade against the West yet, repeating threats to train nuclear missiles on Europe and warning of unspecified retaliation if Kosovo declared independence.

Addressing his last press conference as Russian president, Mr Putin mounted a defiant display that demonstrated more emphatically than ever the widening gulf between Moscow and its former Cold War rivals.

Vladimir Putin used the language of the Russian street in his tirade
In a vintage performance, the former KGB spy laced almost five hours of invective with crude insults, threats and admonitions often expressed in the argot of the Russian street.

Reserving his greatest ire for the United States, which he accused of harbouring a colonial mentality towards Russia, Mr Putin again said that Europe would pay the consequences for a Washington-backed plan to erect a missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.

"Our generals, our security council, consider these moves a threat to our national security," he said. "We asked our partners to stop but no one listened to us. So if they continue we will have to react appropriately by retargeting our missiles."


Although he did not elaborate, Mr Putin gave warning of retaliation once Kosovo broke away - a threat likely to chill Western leaders. "We have a ready-made plan and we know what we are going to do," he said.


Encouraged by enthusiastic applause from his audience, Mr Putin often resorted to crude rhetoric to condemn his critics.
Read the rest of this 'Telegraph' report.

*(Cross posted at Appletree)

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Anonymous gordo said...

I wouldn't worry too much. President Bush once looked Putin in the eye and got a sense of his soul. He concluded that Putin is a good man who has the best interests of the world community and the Russian people at heart.

Seriously, though, it sounds like Putin is going around the bend. He's treated as a sharp operator by our press, but in fact he's merely benefited from Bush's missteps and a steep increase in the price of oil.

What Putin has always been very good at is ruthless politicking and bullying. And while the US and Europe are too big for him to really push around, he seems to be trying to make the case that we're not big enough to prevent him from bullying his neighbors.

And as ridiculous as Bush's declaration was, I'm not sure that Clinton's assertion that "Putin doesn't have a soul" was a smarter thing to say. She could, after all, be president soon, and find herself dealing with Putin or his hand-picked successor.

6:18 pm  
Anonymous whoever said...

Round the bend or not and regardless of this marathon rant.....keep an eye on Kosovo.....trouble is can bet money on it.

7:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder Russia's pissed off with the states wanting to stick more and more nukes right on their doorstep.

Kennedy and the yanks weren't very happy when the Russians and Cubans tried the same stunt.

10:48 pm  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

And this is all happening under the uncomprehending gaze of the cretin in the White House who believes Putin is a soul brother when the rest of the world has known him for what he was in his past - a murderous KGB thug with untold blood on his hands.

10:53 pm  
Anonymous kiwi said...

Bush and Putin deserve each other - but none of the rest of us deserve either one of them.

9:53 pm  

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