On March 1st President Vladimir Putin made the most important speech on geopolitics he has made since announcing Russia's intervention in Syria at the United Nations in September 2015. While setting out an ambitious pre-election program for cutting edge modernization of Russia's infrastructure and economy, Putin's remarks were understandably overshadowed by his warning to the Americans, punctuated by demonstrations of ultra-high tech nuclear and hypersonic conventional weaponry: you did not listen to us then [when abrogating the ABM Treaty, expanding NATO, or meddling in Ukraine and Syria], but you will listen to us now.Read More
by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the International Schiller Institute
In a trans-Atlantic atmosphere of hysteria against Russia and China that can only be understood as pre-war propaganda, President Putin dropped a bombshell in his annual State of the Union address which has redefined the strategic balance. He announced that Russian forces had acquired weapons based on new physical principles, including a new intercontinental missile capable of moving at 20 times the speed of sound, with excellent maneuverability. It can therefore outmaneuver all existing air defense and missile defense systems and render them obsolete. These new systems, which include nuclear-propulsion cruise missiles, fast submarine drones and laser weapons, were Russia's answer to the unilateral termination of the ABM Treaty by the U.S. in 2002, and the launch of the global U.S. missile defense system. Since then, all negotiations have fallen on deaf ears. "They did not listen to us. Now they will listen to us!" Putin emphasized.
The response from the Western media and politicians ranged from attempts to ridicule Putin's new arsenals as technologically impossible, mere pre-election bluster—to concerns about a new arms race, as if one were not already long in progress ago, thanks to NATO's eastward expansion.Read More
Click here for part 1, "Key Highlights From Putin’s Address To The Russian Federal Assembly". The second part of the speech, in which the Russian President highlighted his country's nuclear weapons modernization and ballistic missile defense-bypassing hypersonic and subsea delivery systems naturally received more coverage in the western media compared to the first part of the speech. Nonetheless, Putin appealed to the Russian people two weeks before they vote on March 18 with a combination of economic/credit expansionist programs and a tough line against US/NATO encroachment on the Eurasian country's national interests and borders. -- JWSRead More