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Putin: Russia will not be American vassal
April 17, 2015, 7:09 am

Putin said he wants normal relations with Ukraine and is willing to help Kiev overcome its economic crises [Xinhua]

Putin said he wants normal relations with Ukraine and is willing to help Kiev overcome its economic crises [Xinhua]

A record more than three million people sent in their queries and comments to Russian President Vladimir Putin during his 13th annual televised question-and-answer session.

For four hours, Putin responded to questions about the annexation of Crimea, the conflict in the Ukraine, and a number of personal queries.

Several phone callers and members of the audience focused on the Russian economy, which has been under pressure from EU and US sanctions slapped on Moscow last year for alleged intervention in Ukraine.

Putin said that while sanctions were unlikely to be lifted any time soon, he insisted that there was an opportunity for Russia to reform its economy, which would ultimately strengthen its future prospects.

The Russian president’s positive outlook about the economy appears to have been buoyed by recent figures which show a rebound.

The ruble, which had been trading at 80 to the dollar just months ago, has gained strength to 49.

The Russian economy – heavily reliant on oil and gas exports – suffered significantly when global prices began to plummet seven months ago.

“Oil prices did grow a little, but the economy’s rebound is not directly linked to it, and experts see it,” he said.

He said that Russia had survived the worst of economic challenges and threw his support behind the country’s bank industry.

“We corrected the ruble’s exchange rate and nothing burst, everything is working,” he added.

The Russian president also dedicated some of his call-in session to warning the US not to repeat the Soviet Union’s post-World War Two mistakes.

He alluded to the Soviet strategy of trying to impose its dominion on East European states, by force if necessary.

“Nothing good came of that and we are still dealing with the [repercussions] today,” he said.

“The Americans are doing something like that now, trying to impose their model on virtually the entire world. They will fail too,” he said.

He added that Washington viewed itself as the only center of power and didn’t see friendly nations as allies, but vassals. Russia would not become a vassal of any power, he said.

Putin criticized the system of sanctions, imposed by the EU and US.

He categorically denied that Russian troops were operating in Ukraine, a central Western accusation, when asked by a prominent opposition activist.

He said that Russia’s primary concerns were to secure and stabilize the borders as well as ensure that people of Russian origins were allowed to live and prosper safely.

“We would seek to restore our relations with Ukraine. This is in our interests,” Putin said.

He added that Russia wanted to work with Ukraine to boost its economy, which has been ravaged since Kiev plunged into a political crisis in 2013, followed by armed conflict in spring 2014.

He urged his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko to fully implement the Minsk Accords.

An early February ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and Kiev’s military forces appears to be holding in eastern Ukraine despite violations from both sides, international monitors have said.

The UN says that more than 6,000 people have been killed in the fighting in Eastern Ukraine.

“A war between Russia and Ukraine is impossible,” Putin said when asked if the conflict could develop into all-out hostilities.

However, challenges do remain. Ukraine wants Russia to stop sending men and materiel over the border into rebel-held territory.

Russia says it has not been supplying the rebels.

In the meantime, Moscow wants to see autonomy granted to the rebels in the east of the country.

The BRICS POST with inputs from Agencies

4 Responses to Putin: Russia will not be American vassal

  1. robert pearce Reply

    April 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Putin speaks true words and no nation should be an acting “vessel’ to another nation. I personally see the Nations of the World changing fot the better and this is a good sign. Nations must turn their backs to war and start to fight against poverty that so exists within many nations today. I believe that the ASIAN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT BANK was the turning point of Alliances that will bring Nations together for Peace and Prosperity.

  2. Bob Bowen Reply

    April 18, 2015 at 5:02 am

    Robert Pearce, once again I like what you say. Poverty is a deliberate creation of the global banks. “The Globalization of Poverty, and the New World Order” by Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research explains it very well. If you give a man real freedom and Liberty and allow him to keep the fruit of his labor, everyone benefits. The United States of America was established under that system and it worked fine until outside forces entered the country and started dismantling it from inside. Education in the United States is now nothing more than an instrument of social engineering designed to reduce the people to vassal status. Mr. Putin, you are so right, don’t be anyone’s vassal. You are an individual and you can proudly stand as your own man for you,m your family and your people ! A good example of what freedom can do for everyone is the production records of Russian farmers after they were given the freedom to farm without government interference. Source: “Russian Populist” by Matthew Raphael Johnson.

  3. jan hamlet Reply

    April 19, 2015 at 4:05 am

    The American people have been under the control of the Federal Reserve banksters for over 100 years. It is time to stand up to the unlawful monopoly that has been operating and stealing the wealth of the people of America and the world under the IMF corporation operating as UNITED STATES, INC. They are bullies and we know the truth. War should be declared unlawful under international law and those that attempt to use force should be prosecuted in the world court. The US, INC. does not have constitutional authority to issue sanctions against other countries as they are a corporation. Please go to and read the history of the fraud being perpetrated against the American people. Thank you to all the nations that are standing up to those that are not supporting true peace for us all.

  4. Kelly Reply

    April 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm


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