Sovereignty, trade… Putin’s speech at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum (CONTINUOUS)
Published on 18.6.2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum,
Friday, June 17 6:09 p.m. CET “Soviet Union […] ceased its existence and I want to emphasize that it is with great respect that we view the processes of sovereignty in the post-USSR space. We have relations of allies, of brotherhood with Kazakhstan […] Who in Russia can think of worsening relations with Kazakhstan? It’s delirium; we are led to improve our relations with Kazakhstan. It was the same with Ukraine,” Vladimir Putin said. “We wouldn’t have had this problem of Crimea if the rights of the Russian-speaking populations existed. […] Nationalism in the Soviet era, the political cadres of the Communist Party did not know how to control it, ”he said in particular. “If we had had good relations with Ukraine, we would not have had today’s tragedy,” he added, stressing that “the ambitions of a few people, the heirs of Bandera” jeopardized Russian-Ukrainian relations.
5:54 p.m. CET “If it has no impact on the military aspect […] We have nothing against [une intégration de l’Ukraine à l’Union européenne], it is a sovereign decision of any country to conclude alliances, even on the economic level. However, economic alliances can take decisions on the integration of new members. Does it matter for the EU? That’s up to EU countries to decide. Will it be useful for them or harmful for Ukraine? It is up to the Ukrainian people to decide, or to the current leaders,” Vladimir Putin said. The head of state added that the economic structure of Ukraine is such that “it will take a certain number of supports, otherwise the country will turn into a semi-colony”. On the other hand, Russia has always been against the fact that Ukrainian territory becomes a military zone, “because it represents a threat to our security”, added the Russian head of state.
5:49 p.m. CET “We must prevent the localities that we liberate from turning into “Stalingrad” […] this is the concern of our soldiers”, declared Vladimir Putin, about the territories of which the Russian army took control within the framework of its military operation in Ukraine.
5:45 p.m. CET Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has said his country does not recognize the sovereignty of the People’s Republics of Lugansk and Donetsk (self-declared Donbass republics, recognized by Moscow) – just as it does not recognize Taiwan or Kosovo , among others. However, the leader mentioned about the territories of Donbass a contradiction between the principles of state territorial integrity and the right to self-determination.
5:29 p.m. CET “We did not want to respect the choice of the inhabitants of Crimea by introducing sanctions against Russia,” said Vladimir Putin, referring to the attachment of the Crimean peninsula to Russia, after a referendum. not recognized by kyiv and the West in 2014. “We will support the inhabitants of the liberated territories” in Ukraine, also declared the Head of State, about the Russian military operation carried out since the end of this month of February.
5:01 p.m. CET Vladimir Putin denounces the fact that Western economic sanctions “concern people who have no connection with the State [russe], with the decisions taken by the political authorities of the country”; according to the Russian leader, with these sanctions we go beyond “all limits, we even go beyond common sense. We saw off the branch on which we are sitting.” READ ALSO Italy announces that it has “frozen” a yacht belonging “indirectly” to a Russian businessman
4:46 p.m. CET “As Mark Twain said, ‘the rumors about my death are exaggerated’ – it’s pretty much the same for the Russian economy,” joked Vladimir Putin, to underline the good resistance of the Russian economy to Western sanctions.
4:43 p.m. CET Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev notably mentioned the Eurasian Economic Union, during a discussion following the individual speeches by heads of state at the Forum.
4:24 p.m. CET Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a message, via videoconference, to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. “The world is entering a new period of turbulence and change”, judged the Head of State, for whom we are witnessing a “negative trend of anti-globalism”, “break between North and South” and of “reducing the power of the engines of development”, which could lead to a recession.
4:11 p.m. CET The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, takes over from his Russian counterpart, at the podium of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.
3:49 p.m. CET “Faced with spiraling inflation, our goal is to ensure sustainable development for years. For citizens, for businesses, so that we have long-term inflation that is up to 4%. […] It is our objective, 4%, that we come back to it,” said Vladimir Putin, who had recently estimated that annual inflation in Russia would be 15% at the end of 2022.
3:33 p.m. CET Vladimir Putin has (again) asserted that there are “five to six options for the export of Ukrainian grain”, and that this requires foreign states to leave the authorities in kyiv to decide for themselves on this subject, regardless of interests from “across the ocean”. The most important task for the world community is to increase food supplies on the market, according to Vladimir Putin, who added that Russia was “capable of increasing them”.
3:25 p.m. CET “Today, our soldiers and officers, the militias of Donbass, are fighting to protect their people, defending Russia’s right to free and safe development as a large multinational country making its own decisions,” the official said. Russian Head of State, about the Russian military operation in Ukraine launched on February 24th. “All the targets set by the special military operation will be reached,” also assured the President of the Russian Federation on this subject.
3:15 p.m. CET The “Donbass liberation operation has absolutely nothing to do” with the increase in the prices of consumer goods and energy, according to Vladimir Putin. According to him, this inflation is indeed “the sign of systemic errors in the management of the economy”. The Head of State mentioned again, on this subject, the massive printing of banknotes in the United States. 1
5:07 a.m. CET “We see that in reality the European Union has lost its sovereignty, the elites are playing the melody dictated to them ‘from above’, causing damage to their own societies, to their own economy,” said the Russian leader, referring to the allegations regularly made by Russia, about the submission of Europeans to the United States.
2:54 p.m. CET Regarding the Russian economy, the Russian president said he was seeking to strengthen demand, particularly in the context of Western sanctions against Russia. “The” blitzkrieg “against the Russian economy had no chance of succeeding”, moreover judged the head of state, who had already affirmed in recent weeks that the countries sanctioning Russia would not be able to undermine its economy. Sanctions have “greater costs” for the countries taking them than for the sanctioned country, he also said, referring to high inflation in Europe and a loss of competitiveness for European businesses.
2:51 p.m. CET “We have to show initiative, […] believe in our strengths […] We will be able to meet all the challenges”, declared the Russian president, in reference to the Western sanctions against Russia, linked in particular to the Russian intervention in Ukraine.
2:48 p.m. CET “The world before will not return”, and some Western leaders clinging to their “values of the past”, “refuse to see the truth”, “want to go against the evolution” of History , considers the Russian head of state. Hence the Western desire to impose pressure, sanctions, including on culture and history, he adds.
2:47 p.m. CET Russian President Vladimir Putin defends multilateralism, and the right of each country to defend its national identity and sovereignty, during his speech at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum on June 17.