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VIDEO: Putin Heavily Criticizes the US and the West’s Foreign Policy Practices

In front of military leaders from around the world at the 10th Moscow Conference on International Security, Russian president Vladimir Putin addressed the West’s recent actions involving Ukraine, China and Taiwan.
Vladimir Putin address to participants and guests of the 10th Moscow Conference on International Security. Kremlin.ru, CC BY 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

By Diego Ramos / Original to ScheerPost

Vladimir Putin took on the United States and its Western allies during a speech given at the Moscow Conference on International Security Aug. 16. Putin shared his thoughts on the current pattern of Western foreign policy, including its role in Ukraine and more recently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, stating that “they are doing all they can to keep hold onto the hegemony and power that are slipping from their hands.” 

Segments of the speech have since been clipped and shared online through social media as well as mainstream media outlets. 

The main takeaway from Western media headlines emphasize Putin’s claim that the U.S. “wants to drag out war in Ukraine and provoke China” (CNBC).

Putin says he conducted “a special military operation in Ukraine, a decision which is in full conformity with the Charter of the United Nations,” in order to ensure “the security of Russia and its citizens and protect the residents of Donbass from genocide.”

For Ukraine, Putin states that the U.S. “need[s] conflicts to retain their hegemony. It is for this reason that they have destined the Ukrainian people to being used as cannon fodder.”

The Russian president strongly criticized Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan: “The US escapade towards Taiwan is not just a voyage by an irresponsible politician, but part of the purpose-oriented and deliberate US strategy designed to destabilize the situation and sow chaos in the region and the world. It is a brazen demonstration of disrespect for other countries and their own international commitments. We regard this as a thoroughly planned provocation,” Putin said.

With military leaders from Africa, Asia and Latin America present at the conference, Western outlets allege Putin is in the process of recruiting support from other countries against the Western alliances he mentions, including NATO and AUKUS—the trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

AP writes: “The speech represented the latest attempt by the Russian leader to rally support amid bruising Western sanctions that targeted the Russian economy and finance along with its government structures, top officials and businesses for Moscow’s action in Ukraine.”

Putin’s push for a “multipolar” world also raised attention, as he mentioned, “the multipolar world, based on international law and more just relations, opens up new opportunities for counteracting common threats, such as regional conflicts and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and cybercrime.”

Below is the video of Putin’s speech and the English transcript.


President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Ladies and gentlemen,

Esteemed foreign guests,

Let me welcome you to the anniversary 10th Moscow Conference on International Security. Over the past decade, your representative forum has become a significant venue for discussing the most pressing military-political problems.

Today, such an open discussion is particularly pertinent. The situation in the world is changing dynamically and the outlines of a multipolar world order are taking shape. An increasing number of countries and peoples are choosing a path of free and sovereign development based on their own distinct identity, traditions and values.

These objective processes are being opposed by the Western globalist elites, who provoke chaos, fanning long-standing and new conflicts and pursuing the so-called containment policy, which in fact amounts to the subversion of any alternative, sovereign development options. Thus, they are doing all they can to keep hold onto the hegemony and power that are slipping from their hands; they are attempting to retain countries and peoples in the grip of what is essentially a neocolonial order. Their hegemony means stagnation for the rest of the world and for the entire civilisation; it means obscurantism, cancellation of culture, and neoliberal totalitarianism.

They are using all expedients. The United States and its vassals grossly interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign states by staging provocations, organising coups, or inciting civil wars. By threats, blackmail, and pressure, they are trying to force independent states to submit to their will and follow rules that are alien to them. This is being done with just one aim in view, which is to preserve their domination, the centuries-old model that enables them to sponge on everything in the world. But a model of this sort can only be retained by force.

This is why the collective West – the so-called collective West – is deliberately undermining the European security system and knocking together ever new military alliances. NATO is crawling east and building up its military infrastructure. Among other things, it is deploying missile defence systems and enhancing the strike capabilities of its offensive forces. This is hypocritically attributed to the need to strengthen security in Europe, but in fact quite the opposite is taking place. Moreover, the proposals on mutual security measures, which Russia put forward last December, were once again disregarded.

They need conflicts to retain their hegemony. It is for this reason that they have destined the Ukrainian people to being used as cannon fodder. They have implemented the anti-Russia project and connived at the dissemination of the neo-Nazi ideology. They looked the other way when residents of Donbass were killed in their thousands and continued to pour weapons, including heavy weapons, for use by the Kiev regime, something that they persist in doing now.

Under these circumstances, we have taken the decision to conduct a special military operation in Ukraine, a decision which is in full conformity with the Charter of the United Nations. It has been clearly spelled out that the aims of this operation are to ensure the security of Russia and its citizens and protect the residents of Donbass from genocide.

The situation in Ukraine shows that the United States is attempting to draw out this conflict. It acts in the same way elsewhere, fomenting the conflict potential in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. As is common knowledge, the US has recently made another deliberate attempt to fuel the flames and stir up trouble in the Asia-Pacific. The US escapade towards Taiwan is not just a voyage by an irresponsible politician, but part of the purpose-oriented and deliberate US strategy designed to destabilise the situation and sow chaos in the region and the world. It is a brazen demonstration of disrespect for other countries and their own international commitments. We regard this as a thoroughly planned provocation.

It is clear that by taking these actions the Western globalist elites are attempting, among other things, to divert the attention of their own citizens from pressing socioeconomic problems, such as plummeting living standards, unemployment, poverty, and deindustrialisation. They want to shift the blame for their own failures to other countries, namely Russia and China, which are defending their point of view and designing a sovereign development policy without submitting to the diktat of the supranational elites.

We also see that the collective West is striving to expand its bloc-based system to the Asia-Pacific region, like it did with NATO in Europe. To this end, they are creating aggressive military-political unions such as AUKUS and others.

It is obvious that it is only possible to reduce tensions in the world, overcome military-political threats and risks, improve trust between countries and ensure their sustainable development through a radical strengthening of the contemporary system of a multipolar world.

I reiterate that the era of the unipolar world is becoming a thing of the past. No matter how strongly the beneficiaries of the current globalist model cling to the familiar state of affairs, it is doomed. The historic geopolitical changes are going in a totally different direction.

And, of course, your conference is another important proof of the objective processes forming a multipolar world, bringing together representatives from many countries who want to discuss security issues on an equal footing, and conduct a dialogue that takes into account the interests of all parties, without exception.

I want to emphasise that the multipolar world, based on international law and more just relations, opens up new opportunities for counteracting common threats, such as regional conflicts and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and cybercrime. All these challenges are global, and therefore it would be impossible to overcome them without combining the efforts and potentials of all states.

As before, Russia will actively and assertively participate in such coordinated joint efforts; together with its allies, partners and fellow thinkers, it will improve the existing mechanisms of international security and create new ones, as well as consistently strengthen the national armed forces and other security structures by providing them with advanced weapons and military equipment. Russia will secure its national interests, as well as the protection of its allies, and take other steps towards building of a more democratic world where the rights of all peoples and cultural and civilisational diversity are guaranteed.

We need to restore respect for international law, for its fundamental norms and principles. And, of course, it is important to promote such universal and commonly acknowledged agencies as the United Nations and other international dialogue platforms. The UN Security Council and the General Assembly, as it was intended initially, are supposed to serve as effective tools to reduce international tensions and prevent conflicts, as well as facilitate the provision of reliable security and wellbeing of countries and peoples.

In conclusion, I want to thank the conference organisers for their major preparatory work and I wish all participants substantial discussions.

I am sure that the forum will continue to make a significant contribution to the strengthening of peace and stability on our planet and facilitate the development of constructive dialogue and partnership.

Thank you for your attention.

20 comments

    1. If you read the American corporate media reports on the same speech, there you will find the lies.

      Usually under a headline that, in true propaganda style, presents the conclusion of the lies before the reader reads the article …. “Putin Blasts America” or some such nonsense. Although, I do find it interesting that, again in true propaganda style, the story has quickly disappeared from the headlines, even though other stories remain pinned to the top of the page. Now its been replaced with headlines about the evil Russians deploying hyper-sonic missiles within their own territory.

      The best thing to do with liars is not to listen to them. What’s the point? Which means the best thing to do with the American corporate media is to turn them off.

      Turn them off, and drop out. Go your own way.

    2. The lie is that Putin is challenging, rather that carrying out the globalist/WEF/whatever you call it agenda, in spite of what he says. In 2019 Mark Carney said that there will be a multipolar world economy, and the WEF agenda he esposes has manifested since. The supposed conflict in Ukraine is like a fixed wrestling match, which has enabled the controlled demolition of the global economy and the weakening of western nations. For a more Covid -specific analysis of how much of a globalist Putin is, judging from his actions since 2020, see Riley Waggaman’s recent Substack articles: https://edwardslavsquat.substack.com/
      I don’t know why we are being bombarded with propaganda that Putin is some sort of oppositional hero. He’s not, folks. We the people are the only ones who can or will fight for Enlightenment ideals like freedom of speech, individual rights and democracy, because the uber elite and those in positions of power worldwide are cementing the current transition into technofeudalism. What kind of future do you want? Better wake up soon because we don’t have much time left. We are truly on our own.

      1. Who’s calling Putin an “oppositional hero?” No one but you. You’re just making it up. Who do you presume to be lecturing, with this “we this” and “we that” stuff? It’s just you and the bathroom mirror.

      2. Who are you kidding? We don’t fight for individual rights, freedom of speech, and democracy. That is the propaganda they feed us. We fight for resources, power and unrestrained capitalism. Habeas corpus is over. Assange is in prison without committing any crime. Journalists who criticize power are smeered, censored and persecuted. Our country is a rapacious oligarchy. You must be a CIA plant.

  1. america now a leaking boat sinking fast—bezos and emperor gates ok—they have better rowboat, gold bars in NZ vault

  2. Twenty years of warnings and courteous requests for reasonable treatment of Russia an other countries have not borne fruit YET!!!! Putin and other members of the REAL international community want sovereignty, peace and cooperation. The Empire of Hatred and Lies is astounded at their designation as being the opposite.

  3. So in the USA –
    *CEO’s make $670 to $1 for median workers;
    *We are spending $778 BILLION on the military;
    *37.2 % of Americans live in poverty;
    *13 million children live in poverty,
    *The USA has more cases of Covid than any other country in the world AND more deaths; *Unemployment is at 6.5%;
    *Women no longer have access to abortions;
    *The USA has 120.5 firearms per 100 residents;
    *We are the second largest polluter in the world;
    *Our mainstream media & the internet lie to us on a daily basis;
    *Majority of the population is completely brainwashed;
    *Our healthcare system is a mess;
    *We have no true leadership in this country and those we do have for leaders are war mongers;
    *The average citizen pays 13.29% in taxes while corporations pay a flat 21% – and who knows what the wealthiest 1% pay?

    Regardless if these numbers are true or not (they are probably much higher) -because our media & internet lie to us daily – can any of us really be “proud to be and live in America”?

    Putin has every right to do what he is doing in Ukraine but the United States and other western nations do not. The west needs to back off trying to control and exploit other nations and instead start supporting peace in the world. Problem is, peace doesn’t pay the big dollars…

    1. The USA spends far more than $780 Billion on the military. That’s only the official DOD budget.

      It does not account for money in other departments, like the massive nuclear weapon program in the Dept of Energy. It does not account for the CIA and the many other alphabet soup agencies who provide ‘intelligence’ and fighters. It does not account for the slush funds and black funds that by now all of these agencies have. It does not account for the Ollie North style activities where the USA recruits ‘contributions’ from others. It does not account for the domestic police budgets that fight on the home front to make sure there is no opposition allowed in the Land of the Free. And it does not account for the massive propaganda budgets that lie and mislead the American people.

      America spends a lot more that the official $780 Billion on World War.

      1. important insight—” a passive people”. Gramsci—are susceptible to statistics believing they are honest. US unemployment data derives from those deemed not to be unemployed but those receiving benefits—the actual rate is 40+%. In Japan, Korea suicide high, Russia 12-100,000 but measured accurately; in USA 17-100,000 but due to stigma only considered suicide if a note is found. Stats regarding rape vary because of age of consent in different nations–what is considered rape, what is reported—USA #1 on earth despite that experts claim fewer than 25% reported. unfortunately intellectual irresponsibility demands that US journalism conceal qualitative Realities

    2. The American dream has vanished. Capitalism
      used Globalization to take it to other places, China especially.
      Many politicians now use re-shoring, socialism, to bring back some of the factories. Some politicians use financial weapons and war threats against China especially.
      Capitalism enriched the powerful and increased the wealth gap as evidenced by armies of homeless camps – – – not in existence 50 years ago.
      Since governments do nothing to help the homeless, residents are forced to take extreme measures. In downtown Vancouver , north of Seattle, locals are threatening violence – – – shootings, and setting fires as homeowners and business men who pay sky high taxes are fed up with crime, drug use, intimidation, and filth, garbage, human waste.
      In Northern Canada, 2 elderly Asians were beaten to death in downtown Edmonton in daylight and forced local politicians to address ongoing homeless problems. They are planning to spend about 15 million on extra police and security patrols, also a movement to provide housing for them. Notably, Edmonton is blessed with a bit of oil income which is not available to all towns. If Canada, a laughing stock, in the world oil business got fair market prices for their oil, they would be rich and not like Venezuela’s oil industry. But their stupidity enrich American oil business.

      Politi-tudes, any where in the world are paid off to maintain status quo, so nothing much will change.

  4. Kudos to Diego Ramos and Scheerpost for publishing Putin’s speech. Journalists doing journalism. Thank you!

  5. He didn’t arrogantly preach to them about “democracy” and get slapped down.

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