Zepp-LaRouche: Putin Delivers a New 'Sputnik' Shock—'Now They Will Listen to Us!'

Zepp-LaRouche: Putin Delivers a New 'Sputnik' Shock—'Now They Will Listen to Us!'

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.

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Getting Down to Business

Presidents Putin and Xi hosted a business event at the Kremlin on July 4th. Representatives from media companies and cultural organizations were in attendance. Heads of commerce from many sectors shook hands with their Russian or Chinese counterpart and signed Memos of Understanding. Xi was awarded the highest order of friendship from the Russian Federation, the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle. It is clear that that threads of the Silk Road fabric are being woven stronger with every passing day. Read on for highlights and video from the event.

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