Changes in the world order are coming at us so fast that they make one’s head spin. Today, we saw the Neo-Tsar give what was touted as a long and very important speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), and the de facto god-king of Russia assuredly did not disappoint. The contents of that speech are absolutely momentous and earth-shaking. I hope to be able to analyse them a bit further in a separate post, but I want to point out a couple of very important key notes from it.
First, as the Neo-Tsar stated, bluntly and without any equivocation whatsoever, THERE IS NO GOING BACK to the status quo ante bellum. None whatsoever. The West has completely burned its bridges with Russia, and the Russians are quite happy with that state of affairs. The Neo-Tsar, his government, and most importantly, his people, have turned decisively away from the Western world. They will now turn to their partners in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and elsewhere, for trade, commerce, economic and diplomatic opportunities, and security.
This is a staggering change to the state of affairs. You have to understand that the entire thrust of Russian foreign policy, for THREE HUNDRED YEARS, has been to push toward the Western world. This has been the case ever since the time of Peter the Great – who, let us never forget, founded the city of St. Petersburg (known back then as “Petrograd”).
Indeed, the Neo-Tsar’s SPIEF speech was loaded with meaning and symbolism. Never forget that Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born and raised in what was known in his time as Leningrad, and what today is known as St. Petersburg. Putin is himself an “Atlanticist”, only in the sense that he is a child of the most European-leaning and cosmopolitan of all Russian cities, and was born and brought up in an environment where, even during Soviet times, Leningrad still served as an interface between Russia and Europe itself.
Putin lived in Germany for many years. He speaks fluent German himself, in fact, and can very easily converse with Germans and Austrians in their own language without any need for an interpreter. (It is less well known that he can converse with native English speakers without much trouble as well, but he prefers not to, because he has a strong Russian accent and does not wish to be misunderstood in that language.) He is deeply sympathetic to European culture and ways of life.
His political career really took off in St. Petersburg after the collapse of the Soviet Union, under the tutelage of his mentor, Anatoly Sobchak, the mayor of that city. He cut his teeth in politics there before moving on to bigger and better things under the corrupt and drunken Boris Yeltsin, before eventually becoming the supreme leader of Russia.
So, when a man like THAT, with HIS background, says that the break between the West and Russia is irreversible, then you may begin to understand just how stunning the implications of his statement really are.
The second point that we need to understand is that the Neo-Tsar has made it very clear that Russia will never again allow its sovereignty to be usurped or disrespected while he is in charge. We ignore this statement at our extreme peril. Putin has already proven, repeatedly, that he DOES NOT bluff. For some reason, Western leaders are simply too stupid, stubborn, and ignorant to figure this out – it’s not like they haven’t been warned or shown this, but they constantly refuse to take him at his word, and they constantly think that he doesn’t mean what he actually said.
Inevitably, when they find out a few days, weeks, or months later that Putin LITERALLY meant to do what he said he would do, Western elites react with shock and horror and outrage. They really have only themselves to blame, because they do not take the few days or so of serious study that it would take to understand Russia, the Russian economy, the Russian mindset, and the Neo-Tsar’s approach to governance.
I mean, if some jumped-up Johnny like me can figure it out, after having lived in Russia for over a year in total, then it shouldn’t be that hard for people in charge of the world’s (nominally) most powerful economies to figure it out too. Yet, they can’t. They literally lack the sense that God gave a honey badger.
We will see more of the consequences of the Neo-Tsar’s speech over the coming weeks, months, and years. It is clear, however, that the break between the West and Russia can no longer be healed. It is irreversible, and the West, not Russia, is going to suffer terribly for its lack of vision and sense.
That’s about enough of geopolitics for a while, I think. Since it’s Friday, we all know why you’re here.
This week’s closing lady is Anna Louise, age 26, from somewhere in the USSA, and despite her innocuous name, which essentially consists of two first names, more or less, she is a rather good-looking lady. As usual, she does stuff, and as usual, I cannot be arsed to find out what that is.
Happy Friday to you all. Get some good rest and relax with your loved ones – if the Neo-Tsar’s keynote speech is anything to go by, we are in for a wild ride over the coming years.