I remember when in social media Western governments kept mentioning Putin didn’t calculate this…that…and time has shown us that Europe (its governments) were the ones that didn’t calculate anything
Putin pointed to the boomerang effect of sanctions
Embargoes designed to hurt Russia impact “colonies” in the West.
Western attempts to isolate and punish Russia have failed their creators, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. Speaking to a group of young businessmen in Moscow, he pointed out the economic consequences of anti-Russian sanctions on the countries that imposed them.
“If someone tries to contain us in any way, ultimately he is containing himself,” Putin told a group of young businessmen, engineers and scientists in Moscow, ahead of a session of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
“For example, they limit the export of our fertilizers, and their prices go up, much more than here. They try to limit our energy exports and their prices skyrocket. They even try to use my name to label their inflation, but the reality is that we have absolutely nothing to do with it!” he said, to laughter from the audience.
The latter appeared to be a reference to US President Joe Biden’s insistence that the record price of gasoline at US gas stations was a “Putin price hike,” even though polls show that most Americans are not convinced.
“This is solely the result of the big mistakes they themselves made,” the Russian leader added. “And now they’re trying to, excuse me, ladies, cover up a certain point by blaming everything on Russia.”
Putin has repeatedly pointed out that, to the extent that Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine has anything to do with the West’s economic problems, it is because embargoes against Russia imposed by the United States and its allies have disrupted supply of oil and gas, fertilizers and even cereals to the West.
However, the record inflation in the US and the EU was due to their own policies, specifically runaway money printing in Washington, and “nothing at all” with the conflict in Ukraine, the Russian leader said in a interview.
In the question-and-answer session, Putin downplayed the departure of many Western companies from Russia, saying that choosing to miss out on the country’s great potential was his loss. He attributed the exodus to the “internal state of these countries, which cannot make sovereign decisions.”
There is no intermediate state. Either a country is sovereign or it is a colony, no matter what you choose to call it. But if a country, or a group of countries, is incapable of making sovereign decisions, it is already, to a certain extent, a colony, which has no historical prospects of surviving in the current geopolitical struggle.
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