Returning to the land of High Politics, today I have this piece from RIA. It is basically a sound-bite taken from one interview with Vladimir Putin. The context is a series of interviews done by Russian journalist Vladimir Soloviev. Soloviev produced a documentary film called “World Order – 2018”, which features the interviews with the current and future (assuming he wins his re-election, which he probably will) Russian President. The film is shown in the youtube link below. Watch it now, youtube has a way of taking things down on the orders of the “Deep State”. Okay, I haven’t watched it myself, not even a few minutes of it, I should, but I don’t have time, I only just read this one sound-bite, so my take on it is probably unfair, but I have to confess, my opinion of Putin just went down about 100 points.
UNLESS! Putin is being sarcastic. That’s always a possibility, I reckon. People say he has a subtle sense of humor.
Anyhow, in the sound-bite in question, Putin claims that (1) he was deceived by the Americans in the matter of Ukraine; and (2) that this is the very first time the Americans ever deceived him. Up until then the Americans had been as honest as Sister Simplice and as irreproachable as Caesar’s wife [look it up, I am not going to provide a link]:
“Our American partners turned to us [for help], they asked us to do everything we could to ensure that [Ukrainian President] Yanukovych would not employ the army [against the protesters], so that the opposition could [abandon the occupation of] the squares and administrative buildings and return to the negotiations table to resolve and normalize this situation.”
Russia agreed to help. In return for their help, they received a slap in the face and a kick in the nuts: The Maidan coup.
“They could have called us at least, they could have done something, said something. There is, you know, such a phenomenon as ‘excess of execution’ [in other words, things getting out of hand] — they could have said, We didn’t want or expect this, but things just developed that way, but we will do everything we can to return events to their normal route. But no… Quite the contrary. Not a word out of them, and full support for those who committed this coup.”
So far so good. Putin was deceived by the Masters of Deceit. But then he takes his Plaint one step further: “This was the very first time, if you please, that [our American partners] deceived us so rudely. That they said, We will do such-and-such, and then did the exact opposite. Such a thing had never happened before.”
To which, one of the commenters to the Ria piece, a certain “Evgeny Ambush” notes: “Oh yeah, what about their promise not to expand to the East after the wall of the Berlin Wall?”