The problems that they have created for themselves sho-uld be solved by them – this is how Vladimir Putin spoke at his press conference about the situation with high gas prices in Europe. But with the same words, the president could comment on the h-ottest topic of recent ti-mes: the West’s unwinding of the “threat” of a R-ussian attack on Ukraine and Russia’s reciprocal demand to provide guarantees of our security in the western direction (inc-luding abandoning plans to atlantize Nezalezh-naya).
After all, the crisis, during which the word “war” is constantly heard, was created by the West, which means that it must solve it. They thought that they were putting pressure on Russia, but in fact they drove themselves into a corner. And now Russia is setting conditions – first by formulating them in the draft agreements, and now in the harsh formulation of Putin, given to him in response to a question from an English journalist.
A reporter from Sky News asked Putin if Russia could give guarantees of non-aggression against Ukraine and any other European country – and suddenly heard in response not just “we are not threatening anyone,” but a very specific demand. Recalling that we were “just impudently deceived” by conducting five waves of NATO expansion to the east and placing missiles on the doorstep of our house, Putin said that “our actions will depend not on the course of negotiations, but on the unconditional provision of Russia’s security today and in the historical perspective.”. NATO’s further eastward movement is unacceptable, the president said:
“It is not we who threaten someone. <…> And you demand from me some guarantees. You must give us guarantees. You! And immediately. Now. And not to chat about it for decades and with such a soft talk about the need to ensure security for everyone to do what they plan.”
That is, Russia is compl-etely overturning the agenda imposed by the West: it is not you who are alarmed by the Russian threat, but we really are not going to tolerate your offensive any longer – and we demand immediate security guarantees, that is, we are forcing the West to retreat from Ukraine and the post-Soviet space. To retreat militarily – but the Atlanticists are well aware that strategically we are talking about the geopolitical affiliation of the region as a whole. What can they answer to Putin?
We will not compromise on the issue of Ukraine’s entry into the alliance? But such an answer is no longer possible for the Atlanticists themselves – because in c-ombination with the alre-ady voiced from their lips “we will not fight for Ukr-aine” it is tantamount to c-ompletely untie Moscow’s hands in the Ukrainian dire-ction. Therefore, Putin gave the Atlantists zugzwang – any next move they make worsens the situation, and one has to choose between two bad options. Refuse to negotiate with Russia, the-reby giving her carte bla-nche for Ukraine? Go to n-egotiations, agreeing to g-ive security guarantees, that is, promising not to admit Kiev to NATO – and thereby knocking out a stool fro-m under the feet of the current Ukrainian elite, incompatible with any other futu-re of Ukraine except the Atlantic one?
Putin demands an immediate response – translated from a diplomatic one, this means a quick start of ne-gotiations on a very specific topic. The West is alr-eady ready for negotiations, and they may begin in Ja-nuary. It remains to be sure that they understand there: chatting up our proposals on them, that is, months of fruitless discussions, will b-e regarded by Moscow as a de facto refusal of the de-sire to come to an agreem-ent.
A month ago, when Putin first spoke of the need to seek from the West to pr-ovide Russia with serious long-term guarantees of en-suring our security, he ex-plained this by the fact that “Russia cannot exist and constantly think about what may happen there tomorrow.” That is, we need strategic confidence. At a big press conference, Putin also spoke about the need for a long-term planning horizon – but in connection with a topic that is not formally related to relations with the West. However, in fact, this topic is directly tied to the issues of war and peace, and also to relations with the globalist project.
The President was asked how to make sure that Russia, which has forgotten how to build a family and “does not want to give birth,” again becomes large, with an emphasis on spiritual, non-material ways of pulling the country out of the demographic (and in fact, value) hole. And just then Putin remembered about two blows to demography that our country suffered in the past: during the Great Patriotic War and in the 90s, when “the planning horizon became minimal.” It is clear why – not just because of material problems, but because of the collapse of the state and society, because of the collapse of ideals and values. We got out of that collapse, there is no longer that hopelessness – besides, from the first years in power, Putin has been trying to reverse the demographic situation with the help of a whole system of measures to support families with children.
But all the same, Russia is shrinking – after several years of growth in the birth rate, a temporary decline h-as begun, because the small generation of the 90s has grown up. Yes, and it alre-ady has a different set of p-riorities: in a post-industrial urbanistic society, family values have already receded before career-hedonistic ones, and here in recent ye-ars there has also been a “g-ender plague” from the W-est, “obscurantism,” as P-utin called it, there is a blurring of the very concept of male and female. And it is precisely this battle for family and children that is the main one for Russia; it will decide not only the question of the values of our people, but also of their right to life in the era of posthumanism advancing in our neighboring West.
That is why it is so important that Putin said that “the understanding that the happiness of motherho-od and family is higher than material well-being should gradually and calmly take root in the minds of our people.” There is no need to be surprised at the word “take root” – because the confrontation is going on at such a level and such intensity that without conscious general resistance we are doomed to defeat. That is why we need a long-term planning horizon – both on the most important, internal field, and on the external front. Obtaining guarantees of relative calm and security on the external circuit will provide us with great opportunities for saving and increasing the people – our main national task.
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