It was the first State of the Nation address by a Russian president in nearly two years and came three days before the first anniversary of the Russian military offensive in Ukraine that began in the early hours of February 24, 2022.
“This is a historic moment for our people.”He started by saying.
“All of us have a lot of responsibility. A year ago, to protect our historical territories, to be able to protect our country, to dissolve the dangers from the neo-Nazi regime in Ukraine and after what happened in 2014, the decision was made to launch a special operation in Ukraine.
To ensure Russia’s security, “it was decided to carry out a special military operation to eliminate the threat of the neo-Nazi regime that emerged in Ukraine after the 2014 coup”.State President explained.
Putin announced that Moscow would end its participation in New START, the final nuclear arms control treaty with the United States.
Recalling the start of the conflict almost a year ago, Putin emphasized that since 2014, “Donbass has been fighting and defending the right to live on its land and speak its language,” always hoping that “Russia will help.”
“We did everything we could to resolve this issue in a normal and civil manner.”Commented. “But behind our backs another kind of scenario was being prepared: the West promised different things and had different ideals for Donbass. From what we saw, it turned out to be a dangerous lie.”.
“Until the start of the special operation, we tried to talk with the West and Kiev. But they agreed to bring different types of weapons to fight us and attack us.Russia’s president accused
The Kiev regime, according to Putin, “tried to acquire nuclear weapons, and they publicly admitted it”.
“I would like to emphasize that even before the start of the special military operation, Kiev negotiated with the West on the provision of air defense systems, fighter jets and other heavy equipment to Ukraine”he said, while again accusing Ukraine of trying to “acquire nuclear weapons.”Also, the Kremlin accuses the US and NATO of trying to “position their military bases” and establish “secret biological laboratories” on Russian borders.
“They were trying to prepare a joint attack with Kiev and prepare Ukraine for a major war.”The President charged.
Vladimir Putin accused both the US and the G7 of supplying arms to Ukraine. “They started the war”.
Putin said the West had played with “coded cards”. The Russian president stressed that he would speak to Russians this Tuesday, “at a difficult moment, a historic moment for the country, a moment of cardinal and irreversible changes throughout the world”.
These, it is said, “When the most important historical events determine the future of our country and our people, each of us has a great responsibility”.
In a speech that lasted more than an hour and a half, Vladimir Putin accused the West of wanting to impose a “strategic defeat” on Russia in Ukraine and end the country “once and for all”.
“[Eles] To break up with her [com a Rússia] once and forever”Putin addressed both houses of parliament.
“The Western elites have made no secret of their objective: to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia, meaning to end us once and for all.”
“Responsibility for fueling the Ukrainian conflict and its victims (…) rests entirely with Western elites”He continued, reiterating the thesis that the West supports neo-Nazi forces in Ukraine to coordinate an anti-Russian campaign.
In Putin’s eyes, the West has become a symbol of lies and lies.
“We are fighting for our interests and our position. In today’s world, there can be no division between developed countries and other countries. We must forget aggression and stay together”.
According to Putin, Moscow was ready for “a constructive dialogue with the West”.
“We spoke and asked for Europe and the rest of the world to be the same (…) In response we got a wrong reaction (…) and extend NATO to our borders”.
In December 2021, Russia presented “certain peace proposals” to NATO and the US, which were “rejected”.
“It was clear that we could only solve this aggressively, they were of the same mind and did not want to stop”Then he declared.
“They started the war, we are trying to stop the war. We are protecting people’s lives, our own home. The West wants power.
For the West, he charged, it was important to “fight Russia.” But Vladimir Putin promises it Moscow is not “at war with the people of Ukraine.”
“I’m afraid to say this, but it’s a fact: the responsibility for the increase in the conflict and victims lies entirely with the West and the current regime in Kiev, which does not care about the people of Ukraine.”
Western arms protect Ukraine, Russia
Condemning Western support for Ukraine and insisting that the West instigated the war, Vladimir Putin warned: “They are giving Ukraine more ammunition and we have to be more aggressive to protect our country and our interests.”
He also alleged that “the West wants to turn a local conflict into a global one.”
Referring to the international sanctions that have hit Russia, Putin opined that the West has “achieved nothing and cannot achieve anything”, while the Russian economy has resisted better than experts predicted.
“They want to make the Russian people suffer. But they failed because the Russian economy is much stronger than the West thought.was assured.
“We guarantee the stability of the economic situation and protect the citizens”He noted that he believed the West had failed to “destabilize Russian society”.
Vladimir Putin also accused the West of “normalizing” pedophilia.
“Look at what they are doing to their own people: the destruction of families, cultural and national identities, perversion and child abuse, even child abuse, is declared a norm (…) and priests are obliged to bless marriages between homosexuals”he said.
The Russian president has also advocated that Russia’s “traitors” be persecuted and brought to justice, calling for a crackdown on Kremlin dissidents and conflict in Ukraine.
“Those who decided to betray Russia should be held accountable under the law”Putin said.
Assuring that the objective was not a “witch hunt”, Vladimir Putin assumed that voices critical of the president and the war should face arrests and heavy prison sentences.
According to him, more modern technologies will be introduced in arms production and he insisted on guaranteeing “mass production” of arms manufacturers.
“We will aggressively introduce advanced technologies that will ensure an increase in the quality capability of the Army and Navy”The Kremlin’s number one said that existing prototypes in various arms of the armed forces “exceed their foreign analogues”.
Compared to modern nuclear weapons, the Russian armed forces have 91 percent more equipment than the West.
“We have a development plan for the armed forces and our future actions should be based on actual combat experience, which is invaluable”he added.
“We know that the West has ties to Kiev and that it wants to attack our military bases. you Drones They were equipped with the help of NATO experts and now they want to check our defense equipment. It is heresy”.
The West and NATO are “anti-Russia” and “want to attack the country strategically”.. In addition, the Russian president believes that “NATO has nuclear weapons.”
In conclusion, Putin said that Russia “will respond to any request” because “it is a big country”.
“Truth is ours”The head of state of Russia concluded.
On the same day, February 21, 2022, Putin ordered the mobilization of the Russian military for “peacekeeping” in pro-Russian separatist territories in eastern Ukraine, a prelude to the start of a military offensive against Ukraine. Then..
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