Putin signals he will work with Ukraine leader, but blasts U.S.

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Truthsquared wrote:

Does anyone who isn’t Russian believe a word that comes out of this man’s mouth anymore? His actions have shown he will do what he wants regardless of what he says in public. He will not respect any treaties Russia has signed if it doesn’t serve his purpose. He may not be Hitler but he is certainly using Hitler’s tactics. For a man who hates fascism, he seems very comfortable acting like one. Russians may love him but he is a smooth corrupt liar and the ultimate politician/dictator. Only time will tell if he respects the Ukrainian vote or anything else for that matter. He is a danger to world peace and security and the only reason he is trying to “reconcile” is because his economy is hurting right now. This man is a geopolitical bully pure and simple. Nothing more, nothing less.

May 23, 2014 10:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Pupman wrote:

Putin holds the US responsible for the downfall of his beloved monster, the Soviet Union. His lifelong dream is to resurrect that monster, and he has no scruples destroying anything or anyone remotely getting in his way, as long as he could get away with it. He hates the US. That was evident a long time ago. I’m glad it finally dawned on Obama that a normal working relationship, based on today’s Russian dictator’s imposed standards, cannot work. Unfortunately, the US has to maintain a position against the bullies of the world and Putin is one of them. He would love to do what he could to destroy the US, and it is important to know that. His way of life is a world run by dictators, and we can never accept that.

May 23, 2014 10:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

As the Ukrainian people learned the hard way, whatever Putin says and does are two very different things…

May 23, 2014 11:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ProUK wrote:

This is the same song by Putin to an old dance. This message has been domestically heralded for years to the Russian populace…..Yawn!!

May 23, 2014 11:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nagant wrote:

Does Putin really want better ties with the West? Apparently yes. Why then the anti-American outburst? Most likely for internal consumption in Russia. Things are not going well with Russian economy, and someone should be blamed for it. Otherwise, Putin would have to take the blame himself, and this would not fit into the image of Superman-like leader he spent so much time and effort cultivating. EU is too amorphous an entity, and too important as a trade partner to be “appointed” as the main culprit, even though it was EU association issue that ignited the Ukrainian crisis, which, directly or indirectly, contributed to economic woes of Russia, and not only Russia. America, on the other hand, is just the right size to be pointed at, and trade volume with America is way below that of EU. The involvement of American politicians with Maidan was in the hindsight unwise, because, fairly or not, it could and was used by Russian media as a “proof” of Americans orchestrating it, inflaming anti-Russian sentiment, and supporting anti-Russian groups in Ukraine. Add into the mix the historical tradition of Russia and the USA being opponents since the days of the Cold War, and we have what we have.

May 23, 2014 11:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Wgward wrote:

Improve relationships? Now that he has created uncivilized havoc on a fellow neighboring Country.

Putin loves to create a perception, but does just the opposite. He is a master politician that always gets his way.

May 23, 2014 11:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse

To all the arm chair observors above do you truly believe what is said in the media is true? I “think” this is all optics from a chess game played out by US and Russia. US must have secretly advised Putin to say that sanctions are hurting as an alternative to softer stance from US/EU. Why would a super power with all the gas in the world make such a statement, especially after signing a 400 billions $ deal with China, and knowing EU depends heavily on gas supplies from Russia.
Watch what ensues after the Ukrainian elections, it will be business as usual. Russia has Crimea and access to their fleets unfettered the rest is history.
The amount of leverage China and Russia have in the S. Pacific region USA can never regain it’s old strong hold anymore.

May 23, 2014 2:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Calfri wrote:

@politicaljunkie: That sounds to me like a lot of wishful thinking on your part.

May 23, 2014 5:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Free_Pacific wrote:

By nailing his flag to China’s mast, Putin has already undone his ‘Look East’ policy. Neither of these countries will be able to exert any decisive soft power in the Asia-Pacific.

May 23, 2014 5:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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