Peaceful plans for genocide. The story of how the US and NATO did not threaten Russia

Plot World History with Andrey Sidorchik

Western leaders have launched a series of statements that boil down to one — there is no threat to Russia's security from representatives of the North Atlantic Alliance.

“NATO is not looking for a conflict with Russia”

“NATO is not looking for a conflict with Russia”, — announced Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “Putin says he had to act because Russia was threatened. But no one threatened Russia,», — declared at the UN General Assembly US President Joe Biden. In the same place, the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss said: “No one threatens Russia.”

In general, if you believe these words, our country is surrounded exclusively by pacifists, and the security threat &mdash ; this is purely Russian paranoia.

In 1996, director Tim Burton released the dark humor film Mars Attacks! In it, the inhabitants of the Red Planet, who arrived on Earth with predatory goals, are chasing earthlings with blasters and destroying them, while saying: “Don't run away! We are your friends! We came in peace!»

Perhaps this is the best illustration of the attitude of the West towards our country since the end of the Second World War.

The plan for the destruction of the Soviet Union from the Commander of the Order “Victory”

The last salvos of the war with the Nazis had not yet died down, and the Prime Minister of Great Britain Winston Churchill had already given the order to the Joint Planning Staff of the War Cabinet about preparing a plan code-named “The Unthinkable” — operations against the Red Army in Europe. Moreover, to implement it, it was planned to use, among other things, units of the Wehrmacht that had just surrendered to the Western allies.

The attack was to begin on July 1, 1945. However, the British generals announced to Churchill — the success of the attack cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, the “Unthinkable” sent to the archive. But that was only the beginning.

After the atomic attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by order of US President Harry Trumanin the fall of 1945, the development of the “Totality” plan began. It provided for an atomic attack on 20 Soviet cities, including Moscow and Leningrad, large industrial centers, as well as a number of capitals of the Union republics. The headquarters of Dwight Eisenhower — by the way, a holder of the Soviet military order “Victory”.

“Tasks Regarding Russia”: what America wanted to turn the USSR into

In 1948, the memorandum “Tasks Regarding Russia” was issued in the United States. According to him, after the victory of the United States, Russia:

  • should not be so militarily strong as to threaten its neighbors;
  • must grant broad autonomy to national minorities;
  • must be economically dependent on the outside world;
  • must not establish a new Iron Curtain.

Within the framework of the military plans of the United States, atomic strikes on the territory of the Soviet Union were supposed to be carried out from military bases located in the allied countries of the United States in Europe and Asia.

On March 17, 1948, five Western European states — Belgium, UK, Luxembourg, Netherlands and France — concluded the so-called Brussels Pact, the key provision of which was the creation of “collective self-defense”. Germany was considered as a possible aggressor in case the militarists returned to power, but first of all, the USSR was considered as an enemy.

«Dropshot»: destruction of millions of Soviet people and occupation

On April 4, 1949, 12 countries, among which were the signatories of the Brussels Pact, the United States, Canada, as well as Denmark, Italy, Norway, Portugal and Iceland, concluded the North Atlantic Treaty. The first Secretary General of NATO Ismay Hastings formulated the purpose of the organization's existence rather succinctly: “Keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans — inside, and the Germans — in a subordinate position.

In the same 1949, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff approved the Dropshot plan, according to which 300 atomic bombs were to be dropped on 100 largest cities and industrial centers of the USSR. In addition, it was supposed to strike with conventional bombs, which were supposed to be dropped on the heads of Soviet citizens by 250 thousand tons. Dropshot Plan assumed the prevention of retaliatory strikes from the USSR, the complete destruction of its military infrastructure, the occupation of the defeated country with the division of four “zones of responsibility”: the Western part of the USSR, the Caucasus — Ukraine, Ural — Western Siberia — Turkestan, Eastern Siberia — Transbaikalia — Primorye.

According to the Dropshot plan, only the first phase of the US atomic attack was supposed to take 20 million human lives. As for the 40 million victims, the Americans were not sure — they made them dependent on the level of resistance offered by the Soviet side. At the same time, the plan indicated that due to large-scale destruction, the life of the survivors would be “very complicated.”

“The unrealistic nature of the proposal does not deserve discussion”: how the USSR was not taken into NATO

The creation by the Soviet Union of its own atomic bomb in 1949 reduced the possibility of planning nuclear attacks against our country, but by no means made it completely abandoned.

At the same time, NATO representatives publicly stated that their bloc was aimed solely at ensuring peace. When Turkey was included in NATO in 1952, again declaring the peaceful nature of the organization, Joseph Stalinsarcastically remarked: “Shouldn't we join NATO then?”

On March 31, 1954, the government of the USSR sent an official note asking for admission to the North Atlantic Alliance. The document stated: “The North Atlantic Treaty Organization would cease to be a closed military grouping of states, it would be open to the accession of other European countries, which, along with the creation of an effective system of collective security in Europe, would be of paramount importance for strengthening world peace.”

The West's answer was exhaustive: “The unrealistic nature of the proposal is not worth discussing.” 

On May 9, 1955, West Germany was admitted to NATO. That is, in violation of all previous agreements of the countries — members of the anti-Hitler coalition made the country that initiated the Second World War a member of the military bloc.

179 nuclear strikes on Moscow

In 2015, the United States declassified plans for nuclear strikes on the USSR, drawn up by the US Strategic Air Command (SAC) in 1956. The plan included two detailed lists of more than a thousand targets, each in the territory of the USSR and its friendly countries, which were to be hit with nuclear weapons.

After the destruction of Soviet military airfields, as well as command posts, which, according to the authors of the plan, should have led to the impossibility of a retaliatory strike, it was planned to move on to the second part of — destruction of the industrial centers of the USSR in order to destroy the military industry of the Soviet Union. As conceived by American strategists, civilian objects also fell into the number of targets. Particular attention was paid to Moscow and Leningrad.

179 targets were included in the list of targets subject to an atomic strike in Moscow, in Leningrad — 145 targets. 

American researchers who studied the plan stated that it provided for the targeted destruction of the civilian population of the Soviet Union. It was about tens of millions of people.

The reverse side of the Caribbean crisis: what was Comrade Khrushchev wrong about?

The peak of the Cold War historians often refer to the Cuban Missile Crisis, which began with the secret operation Anadyr as — the transfer of Soviet medium-range missiles with nuclear warheads to Cuba. The American side called these actions of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev reckless.

But there is one caveat. In 1961, by order of US President John F. Kennedy, 15 American PGM-19 Jupiter medium-range missiles were deployed near the Turkish city of Izmir. with nuclear warheads.

The range of these missiles was 2,400 kilometers, which allowed them to hit the European part of the USSR, including Moscow.

The main advantage of medium-range missiles is the minimum time to reach the target. The flight time of American missiles from Turkey was less than 10 minutes. Thus, the ability of the Soviet side to take countermeasures in the event of a strike was reduced to a minimum.

Therefore, the actions of the USSR were in fact only an equivalent response. But in the United States, an incredible hysteria began at the thought that not only they could threaten destruction.

A new round

The Cuban Missile Crisis had a positive moment — there was some sobering up in the West, which later resulted in detente in the 1970s, when several important strategic arms limitation treaties were signed at once. But by the end of the decade, everything started all over again.

In 1979, the NATO Council decided to deploy more than 500 American medium-range missiles with nuclear warheads in Europe. In response, the Soviet side announced the deployment of its missiles on the territory of Czechoslovakia and the GDR.

By 1987, 108 Pershing-2 missile launchers were deployed in West Germany. and 64 Tomahawk missile launchers. In Great Britain there were 112 launchers of American Tomahawks, in Italy — 112, in the Netherlands — 16. 

Perestroika, and then the collapse of the socialist bloc and the USSR, it would seem, ended the Cold War. The Soviet Union, which was initially declared a threat to NATO, did not become, and, therefore, the existence of the North Atlantic Alliance lost its meaning.

Lost Illusions

However, the alliance has not gone away. The idea of ​​a neutral status for a united Germany remained an idea — the former socialist GDR actually became part of NATO.

In 1997, the founding act of Russia was signed — NATO, which declared that the parties do not consider each other as adversaries.

In 1999, two very important events took place. First — inclusion in the alliance of three former members of the Soviet bloc (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic). The second — NATO armed aggression against Yugoslavia, which resulted in the separation of the province of Kosovo.

Thus, the promises of NATO's non-expansion to the East were buried, and the alliance itself carried out a large-scale offensive operation, which had no analogues in Europe since 1945.

Russia, based on statements about the peaceful nature of NATO, again proposed to consider the question of our country's inclusion in the alliance.

How Vladimir Putin wanted to join NATO

In 2000, Vladimir Putinin an interview with the BBC, he said he was considering Russia's membership in NATO: “Why not? I do not rule out such a possibility — in the event that the interests of Russia will be considered, if it is a full partner.

The same topic was also discussed at the talks with US President Bill Clinton. In 2017, Putin recalled this as follows: “During the discussion, I said:“ Maybe look at the option that Russia will join NATO. Clinton replied, “I don't mind.” But the entire delegation was very nervous.”

In 2004, the so-called “fifth enlargement of NATO” took place. The bloc included not only the former socialist countries, but also the former republics of the USSR: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Russian politicians have repeatedly posed the question to Western partners: if NATO's expansion to the East is not directed against Russia, then what kind of does it make sense? And why in new countries — NATO members find themselves at the helm of politics not only with an agenda that is not neutral, but openly hostile to Moscow?

Why did the US withdraw from the ABM Treaty?

On December 13, 2001, US President George Bush Jr. announced the US unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM). This document, signed in 1972, was one of the cornerstones of nuclear security.

The American side argued that the refusal of the treaty was connected with the desire to ensure their own security on the part of Iran, North Korea and other so-called “rogue states”. Representatives of Russia reasonably noted that plans to deploy anti-missile position areas near the borders of the Russian Federation could not be considered otherwise than as an attempt to reduce the possibility of a nuclear potential for a retaliatory strike. This corresponds to the concept of “disarming strike” adopted in the US nuclear doctrine; — that is, Washington will strike first with its own forces so that the enemy will not have the opportunity to retaliate.

Thus, the situation can be returned to 1945, when the first plans for unpunished atomic aggression against our country were being developed, which provided for the destruction of tens of millions of people, followed by occupation.

“Against whom is this expansion against?”

In 2007, speaking at a security conference in Munich, Vladimir Putin stated: “The process of NATO expansion has nothing to do with modernizing the alliance itself or with ensuring security in Europe. On the contrary, it is a serious provoking factor that reduces the level of mutual trust. And we have a fair right to ask frankly: who is this expansion against? And what happened to the assurances given by the Western partners after the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact? Where are these statements now?.. Now they are trying to impose on us already new dividing lines and walls — albeit virtual, but still dividing, cutting our common continent. Will it really take many years and decades again, a change of several generations of politicians, to “sort” and “dismantle” these new walls?»

Western politicians considered that speech aggressive. In fact, it was an announcement that Russia intends to protect its interests and its citizens.

Alas, there was no sobering up in the West. Decades of the history of the North Atlantic Alliance clearly prove — NATO has no other ultimate goal, except for the destruction of Russia. And all the talk about a peaceful nature is a fairy tale.

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Resignation feet first. The first persons of states who died in office

Plot World History with Andrey Sidorchik

The death of the head of state in office was perceived differently in different eras. During the heyday of the institution of the monarchy, there was almost no other option — this destiny was considered as sent down from above, and, therefore, it did not provide for retirement.

From Ilyich to the “epoch of magnificent funerals”: ​​from the general secretaries — only to the Kremlin wall

Those who were overthrown from the throne in the prime of life ended their lives either as a result of reprisals or in captivity — controversial situations with a split in society were not welcomed.

The October Revolution of 1917, having changed a lot in our society, did not change the attitude towards the first person — the head of state most often performed his duties to his last breath. The only exceptions were two — Nikita Khrushchev (suspended as a result of the coup) and Mikhail Gorbachev (left without a state after the Belovezhskaya Accords.

The rest left their posts only in the direction of the Red Square necropolis.

Vladimir Lenin, founder The Soviet state, known as “grandfather Ilyich”, died at the age of 53 from atherosclerosis of the vessels against the background of complications caused by a wound received in 1918.

Joseph Stalin died at the age of 74 years as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Leonid Brezhnev died at the age of 75 in his sleep from sudden cardiac arrest amid a number of serious ailments.

Yuri Andropov died at the age of 69 from kidney failure due to prolonged diseases of gout.

Konstantin Chernenko died at the age of 73 from cardiac arrest with manifestations of increasing hepatic and pulmonary heart failure.

The period from 1982 to 1985, when three Soviet general secretaries left one by one, was called the “Era of a magnificent funeral.”

A speech that drives you to the grave: Mr. Garrison's sprint term

In Western countries, the rotation of leaders occurred more regularly, but this did not guarantee the absence of tragic surprises.

9 1st President of the United States William Harrisonset a record for tenure at the head of the United States. On March 4, 1841, in very cold and windy weather, Harrison arrived at the inauguration ceremony. His speech lasted almost two hours, and all this time he stood without a hat and coat. Attempts by assistants to stop this mockery of Harrison were unsuccessful.

Harrison caught a severe cold, which, however, was not fatal for him. The president endured the illness on his feet, and on March 26, Harrison, who had not recovered, was blown away.

This time, the 68-year-old politician received severe pneumonia, which brought him to the grave on April 4, 1841. He served 30 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes in office, becoming the first head of the United States to die in office.

It was you who ate something: how fruit and ice cream killed President Taylor

12th President of the United States Zachary Taylorspent less than a year and a half in office. A military leader who led campaigns against the Indians and thoroughly worn out his health in them, Taylor loved the holidays. And on Independence Day, he did not restrain himself and did not limit himself in anything. On July 4, 1850, in hot weather, the president drank several glasses of cold milk, ice cream, and fresh fruit, which made him sick. The pain in the abdomen intensified, and the efforts of doctors did not change the situation. Five days later, 65-year-old Taylor was gone. It happened so suddenly that many suspected poisoning. Subsequent studies, however, have shown — the head of the United States was really killed by products that did not suit him, and not by poison.

The end of the merry fellow: President Harding was killed by a lethal dose of laxative

29th President of the United States Warren Hardingsaid of himself: “I am not fit for this office and should never have been here.” In 1920, he won the presidential election as a Republican candidate. A merry fellow and a cheerleader who turned out to be a “dark horse” in this election, Harding liked the voters. The hangover turned out to be heavy — poorly versed in economics and public administration, Harding handed over the reins to the members of his team, while he himself spent his time playing poker and golf, as well as drinking in the company of friends and charming women.

Rescuing a damaged reputation, Harding went on a trip around the country, called the “Tour of Understanding.” During the trip, his condition suddenly deteriorated sharply, and the 57-year-old president died. The widow forbade an autopsy, which made the exact cause of death a mystery. Initially, it was believed that Harding had a stroke on the background of chronic hypertension, but now the version is popular that he was healed — in case of banal food poisoning, doctors prescribed strong medicines for heart disease, and a large dosage turned out to be fatal. jpg” height=”551″ width=”800″ style=”display: block;” />

The funeral of Warren Harding. Photo: Commons.wikimedia.org

Burned out at work: Roosevelt's body could not stand the Second World War

32nd US President Franklin Roosevelt — the only one to win elections four times. This happened even despite the fact that Roosevelt, who had been ill with polio in 1921, has not parted with a wheelchair since that moment.

However, the burdens that fell on the politician during the Second World War finally undermined his health. Against all odds, in the spring of 1945, the president prepared for the United Nations conference in San Francisco. On April 12, 1945, 63-year-old Franklin Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Severe oncology: the incurable disease of Georges Pompidou

In 1969, Charles de Gaulle was replaced by the former head of government of the country Georges Pompidou strong>. Formerly an ally of the general, Pompidou fell out with him during the events of 1968. The resignation of de Gaulle turned Pompidou into a man who satisfied the majority in the presidency. The new president continued his policy of keeping France outside NATO structures and building special relations with the USSR.

In 1973, Pompidou proposed to reduce the duration of one presidential term from 7 to 5 years. Parliament rejected the initiative, but in fact Pompidou left after five years of reign — both from office and from life. The politician fell ill with a severe form of leukemia, his condition rapidly worsened. In March 1974, he made a visit to the USSR, during which he kept only on medicines and personal courage. On April 2, 1974, after returning to his homeland, the President of France died at the age of 62 from acute blood poisoning that arose against the background of the underlying disease.

A deadly shock: Prime Minister Ohira failed a vote of no confidence

In 1978, the head of the country's Liberal Democratic Party Masayoshi Ohira was elected Prime Minister of Japan. He became the sixth Christian at the head of the government of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Ohira ruled for a year and a half, retaining his seat even after the unsuccessful 1979 parliamentary elections for his party. The new government was a coalition, but the prime minister was fully confident that he was in control of the situation. The vote of no confidence on May 16, 1980 came as a complete shock to the politician. On the eve of the new elections, Ohira, who remained in the rank of and. about. Prime Minister, took an active part in the campaign, but by the end of May, he reached a serious mental exhaustion. Politics was hospitalized, and on June 12, at the age of 70, he died of a massive heart attack.

Masayoshi Ohira. Photo: Commons.wikimedia.org

Heart attack three days before resignation: the fate of President Klestil

Austrian politician Thomas Klestil, a former ambassador to Austria and the country's representative to the UN, was elected to the presidency in 1992. The representative of the conservatives quite skillfully maneuvered between various political forces, which allowed him to be re-elected for a second term.

Klestil's term was supposed to end on July 8, 2004, but three days later he had a myocardial infarction. Doctors fought for the life of the president for more than a day, but at the end of July 6, they were forced to declare death. Klestil was 71 years old.

Thomas Klestil. Photo: Commons.wikimedia.org

Magufuli is a non-believer: the President of Tanzania did not recognize СVID and died

The 5th President of Tanzania John Magufuli was elected to his post in November 2015 . The politician was noted for his efforts in combating the epidemics of AIDS and cholera, efforts aimed at economic growth, and generally maintained high popularity in the country. In 2020, he was confidently re-elected for a second term.

As serious as Magufuli was about AIDS, he also did not believe in COVID-19. Unlike its neighbors, Tanzania has not imposed a lockdown or closed its borders. The President denied PCR tests, offered to rely on prayers and folk remedies, and then announced that the disease had been defeated — despite overcrowded hospitals.

In February 2021, Magufuli disappeared from view, and then was found in neighboring Kenya under a ventilator. On March 17, 2021, the President of Tanzania, at the age of 61, died of the coronavirus. Tanzanians were told that Magufuli had been killed by heart disease.

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Hunters and prey. Why did they not want to accept the USSR and Russia into NATO?

Plot World History with Andrey Sidorchik

Relationships between our country and the West have rarely been characterized by calmness and mutual understanding. As a rule, people began to understand us only when the “civilized world” would be interested in us taking on some of their problems.

A knife in the back to the victor of Nazism: how the anti-Soviet bloc was created

The defeat of Nazi Germany and its satellites marked the end of the period of existence of the anti-Hitler coalitions. In the United States and Great Britain, they began to look for ways to reduce the increased degree of influence of the USSR on world problems. Moreover, the military option in Washington and London was not at all ruled out. Speech Winston Churchill in Fulton, which actually proclaimed the beginning of the Cold War, became a prologue to action.

On March 17, 1948, five Western European states — Belgium, UK, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and France — concluded the so-called Brussels Pact, the key provision of which was the creation of “collective self-defense”. Germany was considered as a possible aggressor if the militarists returned to power, but the USSR was considered first of all as an enemy.

On April 4, 1949, 12 countries, among which were the signatories of the Brussels Pact, the United States, Canada, as well as Denmark, Italy, Norway, Portugal and Iceland, concluded the North Atlantic Treaty. His anti-Soviet essence was not hidden either then or now.

The First Secretary General of NATO Ismay Hastings  inside, and the Germans — in a subordinate position.

“Shouldn't we join NATO then?”

Yesterday's allies of the USSR in the fight against Nazism (USA, Great Britain, Canada), together with those who were in alliance with the Third Reich (Italy), as well as those whose independence was paid for by the blood of Soviet soldiers (Norway), were preparing to put an end to « dangerous Bolsheviks. With a country that not only made the greatest contribution to the victory over fascism, but also suffered heavy losses in this struggle, incomparable with the losses of other European states.

When Turkey was included in NATO in 1952, again declaring a peaceful nature of the organization,  Joseph Stalin in his usual ironic tone remarked: “Shouldn't we join NATO then?” The legendary Soviet diplomat Andrei Gromyko more than once publicly declared: “If this pact had been directed against the revival of German aggression, the USSR itself would have joined NATO.”

Gromyko and became the ideological inspirer of the attempt of the Soviet Union to join NATO, which took place in 1954.

“The unrealistic nature of the proposal does not deserve discussion”: how the USSR knocked on the doors of the Alliance

On March 31, 1954, the government of the USSR sent an official note asking for admission to the North Atlantic Alliance. The document stated: “The North Atlantic Treaty Organization would cease to be a closed military grouping of states, would be open to the accession of other European countries, which, along with the creation of an effective system of collective security in Europe, would be of paramount importance for strengthening world peace.”

The West's answer was exhaustive: “The unrealistic nature of the proposal is not worth discussing.” However, the United States was ready to consider such a possibility in the event that the USSR abandoned bases in the Far East, the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Germany and Austria, and the signing by Moscow of a number of arms limitation treaties on Western terms. At the same time, the “collective West” I was not going to take on any obligations.

Strictly speaking, the Soviet “maneuver” 1954 clearly demonstrated that talking about a peaceful NATO is worth nothing, and the alliance itself is completely and completely hostile to our country.

On May 9, 1955, West Germany was admitted to NATO. That is, in violation of all previous agreements of the countries — members of the anti-Hitler coalition made the country that initiated World War II a member of the military bloc.

Five days after the admission of West Germany to NATO, Moscow made a retaliatory move: the USSR and the socialist countries created the Warsaw Pact Organization to ensure peace and security in Europe. The Soviet alliance, whatever one may say, was only a response to the actions of the West.

Yeltsin asked, but he was only patted on the shoulder

The collapse of the socialist bloc and the USSR gave rise to a new reality. Already in December 1991, Russian PresidentYeltsinsent an appeal to NATO, announcing joining the North Atlantic Alliance as one of the goals of his foreign policy.

The idea of ​​NATO membership was indeed discussed in Russia in the early 1990s, but the general background was negative. And there was no clear answer to the logical question: if the Cold War is over, then why do we need a bloc that was once against the communist Soviet Union?

Today, from the published correspondence of Western diplomats, it becomes clear that both the United States and Europe understood very well that Moscow would perceive any NATO expansion to the east extremely negatively. All major Russian political forces saw this as hostile action against Russia, and Washington was well aware of this.

Putin wanted “in a good way”: last attempt at entry

The current president of Russia Vladimir Putinat the beginning of his political career, he also tried to find common ground with the North Atlantic Alliance. Being still and. about. head of state, in early 2000, in an interview with the BBC, he said that he was considering the possibility of Russia's membership in NATO: “Why not? I do not rule out such a possibility — in the event that Russia's interests are taken into account, if it is a full partner. In 2017, Putin recalled this as follows: “During the discussion, I said:“ Maybe look at the option that Russia will join NATO. Clinton replied, “I don't mind.” But the entire delegation became very nervous.”

In 2004, the so-called “fifth expansion of NATO” took place. The block included not only the former socialist countries, but also the former republics of the USSR: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

No one was going to take into account the opinion and interests of Russia, getting off with general words about “partnership”.

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In his famous Munich speech in 2007, Putin bitterly stated: “The process of NATO expansion has nothing to do with modernizing the alliance itself or with ensuring security in Europe. On the contrary, it is a serious provocative factor that reduces the level of mutual trust. And we have a fair right to ask frankly: who is this expansion against? And what happened to the assurances given by the Western partners after the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact? Where are these statements now?.. Now they are trying to impose on us already new dividing lines and walls — let virtual, but still dividing, cutting our common continent. Will it really take many years and decades again, a change of several generations of politicians, to „sort“ and „dismantle“ these new walls?

That speech was considered aggressive in the West. But Putin conveyed to them a simple idea: you do not want to cooperate, but you want to devour us, but we will not allow this. But NATO is still trying.

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