Putin Blasts US Cyberthreats
by Stephen Lendman
Maybe he’ll stop calling America Russia’s “partner,” knowing relations are increasingly adversarial and hostile.
US bipartisan policymakers bear full responsibility, despite good faith Moscow efforts for normal relations and mutual cooperation.
Putin commented following Joe Biden’s unprecedented threat, after NBC News reported “(t)he Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election…”
He showed he’s as dangerously neocon as Hillary, saying we’re sending a message to Putin.” Cyberattacking “will be at a time of our choosing and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact.”
Putin responded saying “for the first time, (at) the highest level, the United States has admitted involvement in (hostile) activities, and to some extent threatened (us), which, of course does not meet the standards of international (relations) and communication(s).”
“One can expect about anything from our American friends (sic). (W)hat did (Biden) say that we didn’t already know?”
Washington spying on everyone “is well known to everyone. It’s no secret.” Cyberthreats and false accusations against Russia divert public attention during America’s political season, portraying Russia as a US enemy as a dubious vote-getting strategy.
Putin can’t predict what’ll happen when a new administration succeeds Obama. He welcomes anyone willing to work with Russia cooperatively.
“If someone wants a confrontation, this is not our choice, and it means there will be some problems,” he stressed. Russia is prepared to defend its interests as needed.
Conflict in Syria didn’t change bilateral relations, he explained. America is hostile because it wants its will imposed “on the whole world,” an untenable situation inevitably heading for serious East/West confrontation.
A Final Comment
At the conclusion of the 8th BRICS summit in Goa, India, involving Brazil (an unreliable member given its US-installed illegitimate coup d’etat regime), Russia, India, China and South Africa, a joint declaration urged “all parties involved to work for a comprehensive and peaceful resolution of the conflict, taking into account the legitimate aspirations of the people of Syria, through inclusive national dialogue and a Syrian-led political process based on Geneva Communique of 30 June 2012 and in pursuance of the UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and 2268 for their full implementation” - calling for cessation of hostilities and diplomatic conflict resolution.
“We are deeply concerned about the situation in the Middle East and North Africa. We support all efforts for finding ways to the settlement of the crises in accordance with international law and in conformity with the principles of independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the countries of the region.”
As long as US foreign policy prioritizes wars of aggression, world peace remains unachievable.
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