As some in the West wonder what kind of concessions would allow Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin to ‘save face’ in Ukraine, top Russian lawmakers and propagandists advocate breaking up the West, which they say is the ultimate target of Russia.
On the state television show 60 minuteshost Olga Skabeeva announced: “I have bad news… Even if we methodically destroy the weapons that are delivered [to Ukraine], but the quantities in which the United States sends them force us to draw general conclusions. It may be time to recognize that Russia’s special operation in Ukraine may be over, in a sense that a real war has begun: World War III. We are obliged to carry out the demilitarization not only of Ukraine, but of the entire NATO alliance.
Vladimir Avatkov, from the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy, said: “You mentioned the Third World War and the way the Americans and the Poles act on Ukrainian territory – indeed, we must remember the words of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, who said that anyone who tries to interfere in the special military operation will pay a heavy price Skabeeva interrupted: “We never forget these words of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, but a large number of people do already in line, trying to interfere in the special operation of Russia on the territory of Ukraine. It turns out that we need to act, but we have not yet figured out how we can act without carrying out a nuclear strike .
Russian MP Oleg Matveychev weighed in: “If Poland starts an intervention…its current borders will be worthless.” Skabeeva was not satisfied: “I was not talking only about Poland, but especially about Great Britain and the United States… they are all aligned.” Avatkov intervened: “There’s no need to rush, there’s a queue. Everything in its time!”
First in line is apparently Poland, with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev unsubstantiated affirming Tuesday that Poland is preparing to seize territory in western Ukraine and accuses many unnamed countries of “actively working to dismember Ukraine”. Meanwhile, on Russian state television, hosts and pundits regularly refer to Ukraine as “the territory formerly known as Ukraine” and, quite simply,. discuss how many millions of Ukrainians might have to die for Russia to complete its so-called “denazification”. In his recent interview, Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov, former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Airborne Troops admitted that Russia “built itself through territorial enlargement” and singled out Poland as one of Russia’s main adversaries.
Appearing on the state television show Sunday evening with Vladimir Solovyov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense, Andrey Kartapolov, outlined the idea of Russia’s crusade against the Western world: “For us, the special military operation is only a first act, an introduction. The war that is going on right now… it’s not just an economic war and an information war, this war is about our faith. It is about our right, as a people, to have faith in what we want to believe, to love those we want to love and to live as our ancestors would have wanted, on our land and according to our right. of seniority.
Kartapolov added: “These wars are not the first wars. In the 19th century—Napoleon, in the 20th century—Adolf Aloisovitch Hitler, and each time all of Europe came to us. The same thing is happening now… It’s a good thing that a realization is coming, it’s time to stop lying. Stop lying to yourself, stop lying to our leader, stop lying to your own people. It is time to take responsibility for our words and actions and move forward together towards the goal that has been set by the Commander-in-Chief.
The strategy of justifying such a potential attack against additional adversaries is consistent with the Kremlin’s previous approach to Ukraine: ridiculous claims that the chosen target was about to go on the offensive against the Fatherland. The impending conflict against the West is presented as an existential battle for Russian survival.
Kartapolov asserted: “Today Europe is a de facto colony of the United States, the new type of colony. In the 90s, we were the same kind of colony, but we managed to free ourselves thanks to our president and the decisions he made… They put everything in a nice package, selling it to us under the cover of democracy, freedom of speech and all sorts of other slogans. Their main objective was to usurp our resources, our natural resources, to divide Russia into many vicious countries fighting against each other.
The alleged desire to “dismember Russia” is also attributed to opposition activists, in order to simultaneously target all perceived enemies, both foreign and domestic. On Monday’s broadcast of The evening with Vladimir Solovyov, arguments have been made to limit the influence of opposition members on Russian society, especially those who still travel abroad. Political scientist Vadim Gigin said: “People who plan to return to Russia…propose to divide the country.” The host, Vladimir Soloviev, added: “They have the lists of undesirables…they are going to hang people. What is scary is that they come back.
Shota Gorgadze, a member of the Russian Presidential Council for Human Rights, proposed that immediately after their return, the opposition activists should be criminally charged for their alleged calls for the dismemberment of Russia. Agitated, Soloviev complained: “For months, we have been calling for the opening of criminal proceedings against all [Alexei] The terrorist sect of Navalny under article 275 [treason].” Gorgadze proposed that anyone speaking out “against the interests of the Russian Federation, especially in this difficult time” be stripped of their Russian citizenship. He added: “If the law says it can’t be done, I don’t see any reason why that law can’t be changed.”
Calling for a more aggressive approach, Solovyov asked: “Are we acting like inert gases, just taking up as much space as the West allows? The West presses us and we accept it and adopt it? When things calm down, will we breathe out and welcome the air of freedom? No, that won’t work. Time to sober up and find our way.
Discuss Russia’s confrontation with the collective West during Sunday evening with Vladimir Solovyov, Kartapolov presented it as a crusade: “I am convinced that this war is a question of faith. Russia is an Orthodox country, and by “Orthodox” I don’t just mean Christianity. Orthodoxy is when on our territory all traditional religions coexist peacefully: traditional Islam, Buddhism and Judaism… They say, we are destroying Ukrainian culture. What culture? Look at the demons they brought out of the Azovstal basements… This is the face – I can’t even call it a face – the muzzle of the impure. The Holy Scripture says: “What was will be again, what was done will be done again; There is nothing new under the sun. At 19e century, we came to Paris in the 20e century we came to Berlin – we will come wherever they try to enslave and humiliate us. You will not succeed. Wait for us.”