‘WWIII Could End Civilisation’ Warns Putin

Julian Robinson — Daily Mail June 7, 2018

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Vladimir Putin has warned a third world war ‘could end civilisation’ as he addressed the prospect of a major global conflict.

The Russian President said the ‘threat of mutual destruction’ had always ‘prevented leading military powers from making hasty moves’.

But speaking on his annual TV phone-in with the Russian public, he then slammed the US, claiming its ‘withdrawal from treaties on anti-ballistic missiles is an attempt to put an end to strategic parity’.

He also warned of a new space race and suggested Russia will soon develop new weapons systems.

Putin asked by a caller if ‘non-stop’ sanctions could spark a global conflict.

He replied by quoting Albert Einstein, saying: ‘I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.’

He added: ‘The understanding that a third world war could be the end of civilisation should restrain us from taking extreme steps on the international arena that are highly dangerous for modern civilisation.

‘The threat of mutual destruction has always restrained participants of the international arena, prevented leading military powers from making hasty moves, and compelled participants to respect each other. U.S. withdrawal from treaties on anti-ballistic missiles is an attempt to put an end to strategic parity, but we will respond to this.’

‘We believe that the unilateral introduction of all kinds of sanctions does not resolve problems, it only worsens them.’

Putin also used the phone-in to address the country’s space station, insisting the Kremlin needed to ‘take many steps forward, including in the quality of our satellites, in the quality of our equipment, and we must return and maintain our competence in launches, there’s a lot of competition in this.’

‘Overall and in general, we have big and very ambitious plans for the development of our space program. I assure you were will continue down this path. It is no accident that we spent a lot on building a new space base in the east of our country.’

On weaponry, he confirmed his plans for a ‘global-range missile and an unmanned underwater vessel’ but added: ‘This is not all we plan to produce and put into service. It’s too early to talk about it but we will do so soon.’

Putin, who won a landslide re-election victory in March, has taken part in the annual phone-in since 2001, using it to cast himself as a decisive troubleshooter on the home front and as a staunch defender of Russia’s interests on the world stage.

Critics say the event, which is being held days before Russia hosts the soccer World Cup, is a stage-managed piece of theatre designed to let Russians let off steam and fleetingly feel like they can influence a bureaucratic top-down system.

Putin and his aides say it is an indispensable tool to gauge public sentiment and learn what people’s real problems are.

The 65-year-old politician used the event last year to pledge to eradicate spiralling poverty, fielding almost 70 questions in just under four hours in an event that Kremlin watchers often liken to a tsar listening to his petitioners.

Members of the public have submitted over 1.4 million questions, Russian news agencies reported, many of them visible on a special website set up for the event.

Here are some of the highlights from his question and answer session today:

ON SERGEI AND YULIA SKRIPAL

‘If as Britain insists a military chemical agent was used against these people, they would have died within second or minutes, on the spot. Thank God, this did not happen. Clearly, we are dealing with something other than a military agent.’

‘We would like to be given access to our citizens, to Yulia, and we would like to have the opportunity to take part fully in the investigation.’

ON THE PROSPECT OF A THIRD WORLD WAR

‘The understanding that a third world war could be the end of civilisation should restrain us from taking extreme steps on the international arena that are highly dangerous for modern civilisation.’

‘The threat of mutual destruction has always restrained participants of the international arena, prevented leading military powers from making hasty moves, and compelled participants to respect each other. U.S. withdrawal from treaties on anti-ballistic missiles is an attempt to put an end to strategic parity, but we will respond to this.’

‘We believe that the unilateral introduction of all kinds of sanctions does not resolve problems, it only worsens them.’

ON SPACE PROGRAM

‘We need to take many steps forward, including in the quality of our satellites, in the quality of our equipment, and we must return and maintain our competence in launches, there’s a lot of competition in this.’

‘Overall and in general, we have big and very ambitious plans for the development of our space program. I assure you were will continue down this path. It is no accident that we spent a lot on building a new space base in the east of our country.’

ON WEAPONS SYSTEMS

‘There are weapons being developed, which I have already mentioned: two pieces of hardware with nuclear-powered engines, a global-range missile and an unmanned underwater vessel. In both cases, we have completed the main development phase, in particular, everything to do with testing the nuclear-powered engine⦒

‘But this is not all we plan to produce and put into service. It’s too early to talk about it but we will do so soon.’

ON SYRIA

Putin annual phone-in. Click to enlarge

Putin annual phone-in. Click to enlarge

‘Firstly, the use of our armed forces in the battlefield is a unique experience, a unique tool by which to improve our armed forces. No amount of military exercise could compare with the use of force in combat conditions.’

‘Yes, we know that the use of force in battlefield conditions is also associated with loss of life⦠But this was an important, a noble mission, aimed at protecting the interests of the Russian Federation and its citizens.’

‘Let me remind you that thousands of militants left Russia and the countries of Central Asia â with whom we do not have hard borders â and gathered on Syrian soil. It was better to deal with them there, to get to work there, so to speak, and liquidate them there, than let them come back here, weapons in hand.’

‘Major military operations, particularly involving Russian armed forces, have ended. There isn’t even a need for them anymore.’

‘Our soldiers are there (in Syria) in order to secure Russia’s interests in this critically important part of the world, which is so near to us. And they will stay there, for as long as it is in Russia’s interest for them to do so.’

‘As yet we do not plan to withdraw these forces. But I direct your attention to the fact that I did not call these bases by any other name – I called them bases. We are not building long-term military structures there and if we need to, we could withdraw our military personnel very quickly, without incurring any financial losses.’

ON RESTRICTIONS TO RUSSIAN BUSINESS ABROAD

‘With regards to big business, I spoke about this a few years ago at one of the public meetings with our business leaders. It sounded a bit rude: I warned them that this situation, which we see today, could develop. I warned them about this and recommended at the time that our business keeps its capital in Russia, in the motherland. To keep capital in the place where it was earned and to use it to develop the Russian economy.’

‘Who is going to help them abroad? They are just persecuted there. Conditions are created making their work impossible. This is a big mistake by those, who are doing this in the West. All these restrictions, all this persecution of our businesses, their difficulties with dollar transactions, it damages the trust businesses from our country and others have in the economic policies of leading global economies. When the United States limits dollar transactions, this damages trust in the dollar.’

‘In essence, they are sawing the branch on which they are sitting. This is counterproductive and damaging for those involved and for the global economy.’

‘Some say we need to help Abramovich and other Russian businessmen who have ended up in a difficult situation. I wouldn’t want to speak right now about those people who have broken various laws. I am speaking about people who acquired their capital through legal means. The former and the latter are better off being in Russia.’

ON SANCTIONS

‘This is a method by which to restrain Russia, the notorious sanctions because endless accusations lay the groundwork for introducing restraining measures.’

‘It is because Russia is seen as a threat because Russia is seen as becoming a competitor. I believe this approach is mistaken. Instead of restraining whoever it would be better to establish constructive cooperation, and then the overall effect on the global economy would be positive.’

‘It is clear to us that we have to defend our interests, and to do so consistently, not boorishly or rudely, in both the sphere of the economy and of defence. We have done so and we will continue to do so, but we always look for compromises, we aspire towards those compromises. The pressure will end when our partners will be persuaded that the methods they are using are ineffective, counterproductive and harmful to all.’

ON STEEL TARIFFS

‘The introduction, for example, of restrictive tariffs on steel, on aluminium, not only for Europe but also for Canada and Mexico, in essence, these are also sanctions⦠They are related to the pragmatic national interests of the United States.’

‘We need to work out united and consistently understandable and concrete rules on how to behave in the realm of security and in the realm of economic interaction.’

‘When in 2007 I spoke in Munich, a speech that is frequently quoted nowadays, I spoke about the fact that the United States is widening the jurisdiction of its laws beyond its national borders, and that this is unacceptable. And that’s exactly what’s happening now, also to our European and other partners. Why is this happening? No one wanted to listen and no one did anything to stop this from developing.’

Critics say the event, which is being held days before Russia hosts the soccer World Cup, is a stage-managed piece of theatre designed to let Russians let off steam and fleetingly feel like they can influence a bureaucratic top-down system

ON BALTIC STATES

‘When it comes to the position of our compatriots in the countries of the Baltic, we are constantly talking about this, bringing it to the attention of the governments of the Baltic states, including Latvia⦠The measures that we take to protect the interests of our compatriots must be such that they do not actually worsen their situation.’

ON OTHER STATES’ APPROACH TO U.S. SANCTIONS

‘This is an important part of the negotiation process with the leaders of France, Germany, also with our Austrian friends, where I was visiting just now, and with the representatives of many other European countries, let alone Asia. They don’t just say this privately now, they are talking about this publicly.’

‘It appears, our partners thought that this would never affect them, this counterproductive politics of restrictions and sanctions. But now we are seeing that this is happening.’

ON THE SOCCER WORLD CUP

‘With regards to the infrastructure, these 11 stadiums. Of course, we spent a lot of money on this and it is imperative that all of this infrastructure, I completely agree, it must work and above all work towards the development of sport on a large scale, including children’s sport.’

‘I would like right now to address my colleagues in the regions, to ask them to not allow, under any circumstances, for flea markets and the like to appear at these stadiums, as appeared in other sport-related buildings in Moscow during the middle of the 1990s.’

‘I think our Russian Football Union must play an active part in this and develop a new generation of sportsmen and soccer players.’

‘Even though our national team has not demonstrated strong results recently, but the number of fans of this beautiful sport here is massive, it’s in the millions. We will rely on the fact that our soccer team will score a big win, so to speak, and will show its best qualities.’

ON THE ECONOMY

‘Overall, we are moving in the right direction. What is the basis for saying this? We have started on the trajectory towards robust economic growth in Russia. Yes, this growth is humble, small, but it is also not a fall. Growth was at 1.5 percent last year.’

‘Not everyone feels this personally but overall, this is an objective statistic. That’s how it is, it is the truth. Export in technical equipment is growing, which shows that some structural changes are going on in the economy. Export of agricultural produce, at 20 billion last year, was higher than defence exports, which were at 15 billion.’

Putin and his aides say the phone-in is an indispensable tool to gauge public sentiment and learn what people’s real problems are

 

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