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originally posted by: 727Sky
Maybe the drums of war are getting a tune up and being brought out for show. Maybe just bluster and hard stares ? I for one hope so...
I do believe If I were Putin or Xi of China and wanted to see how far I could push things now might be the time with the current administration at the White House.
Of course the normal democrat response is to do away with missiles and forget upgrading. youtu.be...
Today Russia's President Vladimir Putin made his annual Address to the Federal Assembly (English transcript).
Most of his talk was about domestic and economic issues. At the end he made some remarks towards international developments and other governments.
The warnings he is giving seems stronger than usual. Here are some snippets with emphasis added by me:
Setting the general tone:
Russia certainly has its own interests we defend and will continue to defend within the framework of international law, as all other states do. And if someone refuses to understand this obvious thing or does not want to conduct a dialogue and chooses a selfish and arrogant tone with us, Russia will always find a way to defend its stance.
On the coup attempt in Belarus which seems to have been planned with outside actors:
[L]isten, you can think whatever you like of, say, Ukrainian President [Viktor] Yanukovych or [Nicolas] Maduro in Venezuela. I repeat, you can like or dislike them, including Yanukovych who almost got killed, too, and removed from power via an armed coup. You can have your own opinion of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko’s policy. But the practice of staging coups d’état and planning political assassinations, including those of high-ranking officials – well, this goes too far. This is beyond any limits.
Suffice it to mention the admission made by the detained participants in the conspiracy about a planned siege of Minsk, including plans to block the city infrastructure and communications, and a complete shutdown of the entire power system in the capital of Belarus! This actually means they were preparing a massive cyberattack. What else could it be? You know, you cannot just do it all with one switch.
What if there had been a real attempt at a coup d’état in Belarus? After all, this was the ultimate goal. How many people would have been hurt? What would have become of Belarus? Nobody is thinking about this.
Just as no one was thinking about the future of Ukraine during the coup in that country.
A remark on the ankle-biters in the international scene who serve as U.S. proxies:
Cont. reading: Vladimir Putin On Petty Tabaquis And International Issues