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"Our people, our land, our truth": Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev - on the results of 2022, which changed the world order
Material posted: Publication date: 26-12-2022
The year 2022 is nearing completion. Complex, formidable, dramatic. The year is on the threshold of a new era, which has already been marked by cardinal changes in everything - from the alignment of global "centers of power" to the daily way of life of many people. The inevitable transformation awaits the majority of international institutions that have been created over many decades. They are pretty decrepit and do not fulfill their tasks. Some of them have become purely decorative, others are trying to preserve their former influence, however, not very successfully. Some are just being formed… After many years and even generations, historians, of course, will make a timeless verdict - what did happen in our days and to what end it came. Time will judge everyone. Experts of the future will "blow away the dust" from digital information about the events of 2022, calmly flip through its virtual pages and close the saved files.

And we simply do not have the opportunity to wait for abstractly wise, but belated assessments. We live here and now. Our world has changed, and it's already forever. And the main thing that needs to be understood is where he is moving right now and with us together. What a future begins today. What are we waiting for. And most importantly - how to act. It is critically necessary to find these answers as quickly as possible.

I will express my own position on current events. I do not pretend to be an impartial detachment, since I am a direct participant in them. Yes, it is impossible when it comes to the fate of your homeland, our people and the whole world. But the first thing that all normal sane people really need now, regardless of their citizenship, is to keep a sober mind and a firm will. Composure and fortitude. Sharp eyesight and uncluttered gaze. To see the real state of affairs in the world and draw conclusions solely on the basis of objective facts. The logic of your own actions should be built in the same way. Without succumbing to anyone's false words (and vile lies have overflowed all foreign channels of information), tempting promises or outright pressure under the guise of protecting the "true values of democracy". There has been an abundance of this over the past decades. And it led to real, not at all illusory tragedies and catastrophes. The outgoing year has proved all this to us in full.

The results are quite clear.

The result is the first. Nazism is near, but it will not pass

Since last winter, the whole world has been living under the sign of dramatic events in and around Donbass. Although the tragedy began, as is known, much earlier, but the "civilized world" did not see it point-blank.

A special military operation has been going on for ten months, the goals of which were initially outlined by President Vladimir Putin. This is the protection of our compatriots in the new territories that became part of Russia after the referendums held in them. Denazification of the disgusting, almost fascist regime of Ukraine. Complete demilitarization of the Ukrainian state. Guarantees against aggression in the future.

The decision to launch a special military operation in February 2022 was a difficult, forced step under the pressure of circumstances. It was not only about the protection of the fraternal republics of Donbass, but also about the security and sovereignty of Russia itself. Let's put it bluntly - about her survival. It was impossible to delay further. This became obvious already at the end of 2021, when the North Atlantic Alliance refused to give guarantees of Ukraine's non-entry into NATO. And Ukrainian drug addicts have announced their desire to revive the nuclear arsenal.

The battles in the Donbass are not just for settlements, the names of which have become symbols of the steadfastness, patriotism and courage of our soldiers and officers today. The special operation is a continuation of our long-standing irreconcilable struggle against bastard neo-fascism and nationalism in all its manifestations. We resist any attempts to humiliate and destroy entire nations for the sake of group selfish interests. With black paint and blood - to rewrite history. Ultimately - and today it is obvious to our enemies - to limit our development, and then divide our country into parts. This is the ultimate plan of all those who oppose us. Yes, they don't hide it anymore. Directly, without hesitation, they say: "Russia must be destroyed."
The first thing that all sane people need is to draw conclusions based on objective facts

The saddest result of not even a year, but decades that have passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union is that the lessons of World War II have been completely forgotten by Western states. Neo-Nazism has found support even in countries that have always declared their rejection of Hitler's ideology, whose historical memory is full of pain, shame and anger. We could not calmly watch how the odious nationalist regime of the heirs of Konovalets, Bandera and Shukhevych, with the support of their curators, seeks to reduce to zero not only Russia, but also the entire "Russian World", to which hundreds of millions of people proudly consider themselves.

We will make all necessary efforts to ensure that all the goals of the special military operation are achieved. And the disgusting regime of the Kiev nationalists has ceased to exist. Today, no one else can cope with this mission except us.

The result is the second. Illusions are over, today we are separated from the Western world by much more than unites

The past year has really been a turning point. Like a knee, he broke, among other things, the last illusions about the modern Western world, which loves so much (and quite unnecessarily) to call itself the "golden billion". Now it is finally clear that in the relations of independent and sovereign states with the Anglo-Saxon world in the current configuration, there can be no question of trust, hope for the decency of partners, their loyalty to the word and even their own beautifully stated principles. Alas, but we have no one to talk to and negotiate with in the West now, there is nothing to talk about, and there is no need. It was the events of the past year that canceled the very possibility of a trusting and respectful dialogue with representatives of this world "pole". All that remains is a squeamish bewilderment: and these people seriously consider themselves world leaders, pretend to be something global, dream of dictating their will to others? On what basis, if they discredited themselves, signed in powerlessness, lied, mired in problems?

The deeds and deeds of current and former Western leaders are striking with calm and direct cynicism. As the former German Chancellor recently admitted, the Minsk agreements signed in 2014 were just a screen masking the true intentions of the West. They were started to "give Ukraine time to become stronger" and increase military power. That is, they were originally conceived to prepare for a bloody war. That's what the Kiev neo-Nazis did - with the full connivance or direct help of "civilized Europeans." Unfortunately, we trusted our partners at that time, not expecting direct betrayal from them and open work to destroy our country. I remember well the meeting of the Russia-NATO Council at the highest level in Lisbon in 2010, in which I participated as President of the Russian Federation. The members of the alliance then convinced us that we do not pose a threat to each other and are ready to work together for the sake of the overall security of the Euro-Atlantic. The expansion of NATO to the East and the preparation for confrontation, in fact, for war with Russia, did not stop for a minute. Endless muddy streams of cynical lies.

There is also an obvious general crisis of confidence in the so-called developed countries and the legal institutions they have created. For the sake of political interests, it turns out, it is easy to scrap the fundamental principles of legal relations. Such as the inviolability of private property and the rule of international law. Western politicians who have recovered the right are trying to confiscate Russian assets "without trial" - that is, simply steal. And sanctions regimes against us and our allies are introduced with a stroke of the pen of the narrow-minded Washington functionaries and their European vassals. All this is the last signal to all other states: it is impossible to deal with the Anglo-Saxon world from now on. As with a thief, a swindler, a card sharper, from whom you can expect anything.
For years, maybe decades ahead, we can forget about normal relations with the West. It's not our choice. Now we will do without them until a new generation of reasonable politicians comes to power there. We will be careful and vigilant. We will develop relations with the rest of the world. Fortunately, he is very extensive and treats us normally.

The third result. The epidemic of Russophobia requires treatment with strong means

Both 2022 and at least eight previous ones, if we count down from the "Crimean Spring", were marked by the growth of wild, irrational Russophobia in the Western world. Another acute relapse of this contagious bad disease in the West has occurred precisely in recent years.

In terms of time, it partly coincided with the pandemic of a real deadly infection - coronavirus, with the decline of the world economy, the rupture of ties between states, the logistical crisis, and the aggravation of social problems. To an even greater extent, other negative trends affected, which made themselves felt even without any pandemic. In order not to be responsible for obvious own mistakes, it was necessary to revive the main enemy. To rally their ranks in the fight against it, simultaneously getting rid of indecisive or dissident partners. That's exactly what the Western world did. Moreover, one seventh of the land has already greatly irritated him with its development. She grew, strengthened, did not listen to the "right advice" and stubbornly followed her own, quite successful path.

The framework of traditional decency after the introduction of illegal, absolutely boorish sanctions against our country should no longer limit us in any way in the choice of methods of protection
Currying favor with the "masters" and due to their lack of intelligence, the Kiev regime desperately seeks to "ban" not only any contacts of its citizens and businesses with Russia. Russian Russian spirit, Russian culture - even the one that has rightfully become a world classic. In Ukraine, monuments to Russian writers and generals are being demolished, and the streets of Pushkin are given the name of Bandera's scumbag. Russian Russian is outlawed in schools and in everyday life, Russian books are put under the knife. What a familiar handwriting - only concentration camps and Kristallnacht are missing. Gogol, Bulgakov, Malevich, Akhmatova, Vernadsky, and Lesya Ukrainka or Taras Shevchenko must be turning over in their coffins. All this is accompanied by hysterical propaganda convulsions and calls to "punish" the obstinate Russia by any means.

At the same time, the West has cynical non-medical "amnesia", as well as partial loss of "hearing" and "vision". What the Nazi suckers, sporting a uniform with a swastika on their sleeve, are doing and were doing in the controlled territories, are bypassed by "delicate" silence, giving these scoundrels an indulgence in advance for all past and, most importantly, future torments and murders. However, what to expect from some European countries, which at some point gave rise to National Socialism and fascism! They are responsible for the revival of Nazi ideology today. Apparently, the phantom pains of the lost greatness of the political class of these countries cannot be removed by medicines of time. And although the ruling forces there call themselves leftist or Christian, in fact they are the true heirs of the NSDAP cause and the Partito Nazionale Fascista. And sooner or later - they will answer for those who were fed out of their own hands.

We have already gone through such things more than once. Each chronicle has its own background, especially since dirty Russophobia has deep roots. If anything, it is necessary to remember not only the XX, but also the XIX century, when anti-Russian hysteria also raged in the world. The one that F.I. Tyutchev called "off the chain." Let me remind you once again of his prophetic words: "Russia was simply offered suicide, renunciation of the very basis of its existence, a solemn recognition that it is nothing else in the world, as a wild and ugly phenomenon, as an evil that requires correction..."

Suicide or reprisal did not take place either in the century before last or in the last century. Not after the First and Second World Wars or the collapse of the USSR. Today, Western countries are again calling for multiplying our country by zero. Well, let the strained screamers get hoarse before they shit in their pants.

It is impossible to trample Russia, and with it the "Russian World", split it or subordinate it to someone else's will. The prodigal hands of the Anglo-Saxons and other countries, "sworn to darkness", were short even in the most difficult times for us. It won't work now either.

The fourth result. The West has put itself in a cage. Let him sit in isolation
As Vladimir Putin recently noted, our world has entered a period of revolutionary transformations, and they are fundamental. New development centers are being formed that represent the majority of the world community and are ready not only to declare their interests, but also to protect them.

What is happening is a direct consequence of the systemic crisis in the West, primarily in the United States itself. It's not just about a slowdown in economic growth and technological progress or a crisis of all management systems. The problem is broader. There is a global ideological and philosophical collapse of the Western worldview, its model of the world order. In modern realities, this is especially noticeable.

In the early 1990s, the famous American publicist F. Fukuyama hastened to proclaim the coming of the "end of history" as a continuous series of wars and confrontation between two world systems, the liberal West and the communist East. Because of the death of the USSR, the fight is over, he believed. However, Fukuyama's forecast failed miserably. The West's dreams of a unipolar world where it is possible to rule undividedly and dictate its will have not come true. Moreover, in modern conditions, the West is generally unable to offer the world any new ideas that can lead humanity forward, solve global problems, and ensure collective security. A curious metamorphosis is taking place. In the old days, the term "iron curtain" meant the blockade of undesirable countries or their associations, which needed to be isolated from the rest of global society in one way or another. Now it is obvious that the Western world is gradually turning into a besieged fortress, the entrances to which it tightly closes with walls (by the way, often quite real), locks and concrets from the inside. He imprisons himself in a cage - while the rest of the world lives peacefully in the wild. That's where he's going. Let him stay on the reservation.

Meanwhile, the global economic system is sinking deeper into the abyss of uncertainty, into a crisis of unprecedented proportions. Even the financial storm of 2008-2009. developed countries overcame relatively quickly. But now the situation is fundamentally different. The inflation rate in the US and in the euro area literally breaks the "bottom" of pessimistic forecasts: this is 8-10%, respectively, with GDP growth of 2%. Not to mention the various underdogs from Eastern Europe or the Baltic States, where inflation has gone over 20%.

One can only sympathize with ordinary citizens of EU countries. Their fiery slogans about solidarity with Ukraine will not warm the house, you will not fill them in the gas tank of the car. All the "infernal sanctions", blockades and other restrictions are borne on their shoulders by those who now have to pay insane utility bills or fuel. To take Ukrainian refugees for their maintenance and give them jobs. To experience crisis after crisis through the fault of their own politicians, who ignore the questions - what is all this suffering for? Who got worse in the end? Why is America the only relative winner, as usual? Their citizens understand that poverty and uncertainty are for a very long time. And there is no joy about this - reports from street protests appear daily on the news feeds of Europe.

The main trouble is that the West is destroying the fundamental principles of the market economy with its own hands - without which you can forget about your development and partnership with anyone. Endless prohibitions and exceptions to generally accepted rules, especially in the field of trade in petroleum products, have already led to the creation of a giant "gray zone" on the world market, where operations are carried out without regard for the powerful. Under pressure from politicians, new rules are being introduced in the financial sphere, and business is again forced to look for workarounds for settlements.

Alas, but we have no one to talk to and negotiate with in the West now, there is nothing to talk about, and there is no need. It was the events of the past year that canceled the very possibility of a trusting and respectful dialogue
I'm not even talking about the technological and information blockade, which is designed to restrict access to high technologies to all potential US competitors. It is obvious that states that have been more or less subjected to illegal sanctions or restrictions by Washington and other Western countries will try to circumvent all these prohibitions. Acting quietly or, on the contrary, boldly, regardless of international rules, without taking into account any interests of developed countries, including denying them the protection of their intellectual property. We still have to learn all this. And the framework of traditional decency after the introduction of illegal, absolutely boorish sanctions against our country should no longer limit us in any way in the choice of methods of protection. Including any use of the rights and property of economic entities from unfriendly countries. We have the right to do with their assets whatever we consider acceptable on the basis of our right.

Things should be called by their proper names: the United States professes neocolonialism, the unbridleness of which would make even R. Kipling blush and fade away with his "white man" honor. They are still trying to pretend that the whole world is their colony, dictate enslaving conditions, behave without regard to law and morality, rob at every step. What is worth at least the situation around the "grain deal", which literally made large American companies that bought farmland in Ukraine. At the same time, the stated goal was never achieved - to prevent hunger in the poorest countries, where grain and fertilizers are exported from Russia and Ukraine (only about 3-5% of such cargoes eventually reach them). Even worse are the countries where the United States sought to establish supposedly liberal and democratic orders. It always ends, if not with bloody coups, then with a deep systemic crisis and decline in all spheres. Libya, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan are the most bitter victims of American "democratic missionary"... Geopolitical tensions are constantly growing.

The USA has not yet lost the habit of doing business in its favorite primitive cowboy style: "if you don't like the way the table is set, knock it over." But each time they encounter stronger and stronger resistance from those who do not want to obey. China, India, and the countries of the Middle East are strengthening their positions in the world market. Latin America and Africa are absolutely not eager to obey the dictates of the United States. Russia has enough partners and like-minded people on these continents, with whom we are currently engaged in an intensive dialogue. At the end of this year, I had a lot of talks with the leaders of a number of such states. And each of my interlocutors invariably confirmed his rejection of the methods by which Washington and its allies operate on the world stage.

Realizing this, the United States and NATO are multiplying numerous "umbrella" structures that should rally around the "right" foundations. Such as Eastern Partnership, Crimean Platform, AUKUS and others. At the same time, the contradictions in the camp of the allies are visible to the naked eye: Washington and London, using the situation in Ukraine, seek to weaken Europe and its industrial sector, reduce the economic influence of Germany and the military power of France. And also - to drive a wedge between China and EU members, to disrupt the plans of long-term (and profitable) partnership of such countries with interstate structures and unions that are not included in the orbit of US influence.


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