A sincere shift in plans, or a shrewd move to buy time? We shall see.
From Yahoo! News:
Vladimir Putin opened a special meeting of the Kremlin’s Security Council today with an odd statement: “There is no direct military threat to our country’s sovereignty or territorial integrity at present,” he said.
To a Western ear, that might sound like belaboring the obvious. For a Russian audience today, it’s a jarring note for their leader to strike.
Mr. Putin’s statement flatly contradicts what the domestic media have been saying for months. Just days ago, Russian outlets were warning of a White House “offensive against Russia and China,” with the US trying to create “instability on Russia’s borders.” Putin himself earlier this month claimed that Russia’s annexation of Crimea was to forestall NATO from getting a foothold in Ukraine.
“If you’ve been reading the Russian press and watching TV over the past few months you would have gotten an entirely different impression,” that the country was in a state of emergency and facing imminent peril, says Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of the Moscow-based foreign policy journal “Russia in Global Affairs.”
Russian experts say that Putin’s sudden reversal is a clear sign he is looking to ratchet down the domestic anxieties and anti-Western attitudes that have been rife since the Ukraine crisis erupted about five months ago.
In the meantime, it’s interesting to see “journalist” Chris Cuomo and the shriekers at CNN still beating the drum for some kind of conflict between the United States and Russia.
Heck, we couldn’t even call it terrorism when a man with clear ties to radical Islamists and shouting “Allahu Akbar” gunned down tens of unarmed people at Fort Hood–the White House and others kept saying it was too early to know, and ended up laughably calling it “workplace violence”—but, in the absence of eyewitnesses and verified forensic evidence, everyone knows the who and what of the incident in a Ukrainian war zone?
Sounds like the “convenient” chemical attack in Syria, which we immediately blamed on our “enemy,” but which actually seems to have been a ‘false flag’ by our Islamist “friends” in the area.
Hold off before you buy what the shriekers and their family members in the political elite are attempting to sell.
Please note that this post isn’t saying Putin is a good or trustworthy man. I am simply pointing out that, instead of a “white hat vs. black hat” script, what we’re seeing is two sides with black hats jostling for supremacy.