“Attempts to replace the universal principles of the U.N. Charter by unilateral actions or partisan deals, moreover to use force bypassing the U.N. do not do any good, as is well known.”
That was Vladimir Putin speaking to a group of foreign ambassadors in the Kremlin yesterday, as he received their credentials.
Oh really, Mr. Putin? Did you wait for the approval of the United Nations before you invaded Georgia in 2008? What nation, Mr. Putin, stood by your side as you made that attack, so that it was not “unilateral” force such as you decry in your statement?
The Russian word for hypocrite is “лицемер” and it’s clear that Putin is the world’s biggest one. How in the world can this man, with a straight face, complain about circumventing the UN and acting unilaterally when that is exactly the policy he pursued in Georgia?! Only be being utterly detached from reality, just as the rulers of the USSR always were. He lives now in his own fantasy world, one where he can say anything because nobody in Russia will dare to challenge him, and like the Emperor and his “new clothes” nobody will tell him that the outside world is laughing.
For good measure, the Putin Kremlin also announced that the legislative elections which just transpired in Belarus, one of the world’s darkest and most barbaric dictatorships, were “free, open and relaxed“. Such statements as these rank with the very most bizarre and unhinged Soviet clangers from the Cold-War era. And in fact, not even then did the KGB dream of wielding kind of direct power it now has under Putin, meaning that, if anything, the neo-Soviet era is even more horrifying than its predecessor.