Putin Slams US: "The Biggest Mistake Russia Ever Made Was To Trust You"

Tyler Durden's picture

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet formally declared his intention to seek another term as leader of Russia, but many observers noted that a sweeping speech he gave at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi this week served as a template for his campaign ahead of the March election.

The speech’s overarching theme was to burnish Putin’s accomplishments as the man who restored “power and respect” to Russia. But in doing so, he heaped abuse on the US and its western allies, accusing them of selectively adhering to international law, and of taking advantage of Russia during the 1990s when the country was struggling to rebuild following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bloomberg reported.

He accused the US of abusing Russia’s trust, and seeking to take advantage of the political and economic chaos that persisted for much of the 1990s and early 2000s, according to Russia Today.

“The biggest mistake our country made was that we put too much trust in you; and your mistake was that you saw this trust as a lack of power and you abused it,’’ he said during a question-and-answer session that was carried on national television. What was needed, he said, was “respect.’’

High on Putin’s list of perceived slights was the US’s failure to keep its end of the bargain in a host of international disarmament agreements. He explained that, while Moscow doesn’t plan to exit any existing treaties, he promised an “instant, symmetrical response” if Washington decides to quit first.

He accused the US of slighting Russia by forcing the country to accept international monitors during the implementation of the “megatons to megawatts” program, where the Russian nuclear arsenal was dramatically reduced by converting highly enrichment weapons-grade uranium to lower quality uranium suitable for use in nuclear power plants.  Between 1993 and 2013, Russia downblended enriched uranium from the equivalent of about 20,000 of its nuclear warheads into low-enriched uranium to be used as fuel by US power stations.

During this process, Putin said, Russia operated with “unprecedented openness and trust” with as many as 100 US officials entitled to carry out surprise inspections of Russian nuclear facilities.

But in return, the US has repeatedly disregarded the Russian national interest, Putin said.

“What we got in return is well-known – a complete disregard for our national interests, support for separatism in the Caucasus, a circumvention of the UN Security Council, the bombing of Yugoslavia, the invasion of Iraq, and so on. The US must have seen the state of our nuclear weapons and economy and decided to do away with international law.”

He also accused the US of hypocrisy by not adhering to the terms of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, a treaty that was spearheaded by the US. Russia has destroyed its chemical weapons stockpile and honored its obligations under the treaty, Putin said, while the US has repeatedly pushed back its deadline.

These betrayals are threatening to send the US-Russia relationship back to the 1950s, he said.

“We can’t actively participate in several international treaties, because the US is not doing anything itself. We can’t just do it unilaterally,” said Putin, citing the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, as an example of the US taking advantage.


Last month, Russia declared that all its chemical weapons stockpiles had been disposed of – news that Western media “decided to stay silent on,” according to Putin – while the US has persistently delayed its own destruction schedule, and now plans to complete the process in 2023 at the earliest.


“We destroyed everything, and then our American partners said – ‘Not yet, we don’t have money.’ So, they have a dollar printing press, yet they don’t have money. But we, on the other hand, do?” said Putin with heavy sarcasm.

But Putin’s biggest gripe with US foreign policy relates to George W Bush’s decision to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 – a decision that was made to pave the way for the construction of a missile defense shield in Europe. The Kremlin has vehemently objected to the missile shield.

“This treaty was the cornerstone of the entire international security framework in the area of strategic weapons. But despite spending years trying to persuade our colleagues otherwise, we weren’t able to hold our partners inside the agreement,” said Putin.

Putin also responded to US President Donald Trump criticisms of another treaty between Russia and the US - the New START treaty signed in 2011. Through 2021, it stipulates that both sides are allowed to have up to 1,550 active nuclear warheads. Trump has criticized the treaty as an example of poor Obama-era dealmaking. Putin has also expressed dissatisfaction with the treaty.

“We are hearing that the other side is also not pleased with New START,” Putin said. “We are not going to quit it. Maybe we are ourselves dissatisfied with certain aspects of it, but there is always an element of compromise. So, we are going to fulfil our obligations.”

Other parts of Putin’s election strategy were also on display during the carefully choreographed session, according to Evgeny Minchenko, a political consultant attending the forum who spoke with Bloomberg. Sharing the stage with Putin in Sochi was Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Ma delivered a motivational speech on the future benefits of technology and offered to “join in the development of the Russian economy.’’

Putin will make a high-profile push to digitize the Russian economy as a key plank in his election campaign, Minchenko said. A second campaign message will be government renewal, replacing longer-serving officials with a younger cadre, both in the administration and regional governorships. Some governors have already been replaced.

“I’m pretty sure Putin is going to run,’’ Minchenko said. 

Watch the full speech below:

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Fartsnifferbuffet's picture

haa haaaa hes a fuking crypto jew a tribesman go do some research on this guy

Rapunzal's picture

Yes he is part of the NWO, they are not even hiding it. Kissinger is the connection out in the open, we all have to understand all oligarchs care for themselves first. After that they care for all other oligarchs. They give a damn about their religion, their nation and people. We are all cattle to them and they are only worried about a stampede out of control. WW3 is organized from all oligarchs to send us to the slaughterhouse.

Not Too Important's picture

Putin, for better or for worse, is probably the best person for President of Russia as the US collapses into the nuclear holocaust of Fukushima.

The US has about 8 years left before the radiogenic leukopenia-caused cancer rates go absolutely vertical, across the board for every living thing across the North American continent.

After hundreds of millions of years of life on this planet, it's all coming to a screeching, horrific halt. Make no mistake, the NWO would rather go out in a blaze of nuclear glory than let anyone else 'win'.

This is the final fight for Americans. It isn't 'Live free or die' anymore. It's 'Die free, or die a NWO slave'.

Good luck and hug your kids. It kills the kids first.

GlassHouse101's picture

Putin knows the soft underbelly of the war-machine United States is our debt/currency problem. He knows that if he can kick one of the legs out from under the stool, we will collapse under our own debt weight. . THAT is why he is instigating DEDOLLARIZATION all around the world.

toady's picture

Huh... that's what I said about the last half dozen presidents...

Trust is for fools.

toady's picture

Nice! Dig into the article and it provides shade for hillaries uranium deal...

Escrava Isaura's picture


Let me see if I got it right.

You want us to believe your smaller empire instead of the biggest empire.

Why would we do that? And, what’s the difference?


toady's picture

I don't "believe" anything or anyone anymore... I just try to piece together the stupidity and hatred.

beemasters's picture

We hear ye, Putin. Many were led to believe he would drain the swamp, jail Hillary, etc, etc. And so far? Bigger swamp and the Clintons are good people. It really sucks when everyone knows he is dishonest, yet they are still holding on to false hopes defending him to the end.

Implied Violins's picture

...and yet people believe the Putin is better than the Clintons? He surely walks a good walk and talks a good talk, but he's as much a globalist stooge as the Clintons/Bushes are. He's just scripted to play the part of 'good cop' in this kabuki so that after these psychopaths push us to the brink, we will gladly accept Putin's NWO because it will look like heaven compared to what we currently have.

- and maybe it will seem so, at first. But if the (((same people))) are behind Putin after this shitshow climaxes, then we will have been sold a LIE, again. Just like every fucking time that the world's reserve currency changed over the last six hundred years.

These parasites, they always make sure that they lead BOTH sides of every revolution. And I don't trust Putin or the BRICS, because Putin is *on record* as SUPPORTING the IMF, and he *also* took office after a terror campaign that he supposedly 'put a stop to' - but that was carried out in HIS NAME so he would look like a 'good guy' when he took office.

Once KGB, ALWAYS KGB. And yes, he is preferable to the west at this point, but THAT *IS* THE POINT. He is being TOLD what moves to make.

Caveat emptor, people. Always.

tmosley's picture

>trusting the US was the worst thing ever for Russia

>not communism

>not WWII

Ridiculous. This is posturing. 

WTFUD's picture

Trusting the US NEIN! Trusting the Cabal supposedly representing the US.

Arnold's picture

Boris from Brighton Beach and Port Elisabeth says Americans are stupid and can't be trusted too.
Now give me your money or I break three of your legs.

Madison's_Ghost's picture

He said that in the context of the end of the Soviet Union, not the boader history of Russia, so yes, hes absolutely correct.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Correct, but with many caveats.


explosivo's picture

I think he meant it was the worst mistake they made. Communism was forced onto Russians by the jews. As for WWII, Russia was invaded. Not much of a choice in either circumstance. 

Escrava Isaura's picture

Exactly, because communism is super-capitalism.


finametrics's picture

communism is judiasm is state sponsored usury


here learn and stfu:


MEFOBILLS's picture

State sponsered usury is concentration of power into a pyramid.  The money power becomes the controlling element of society.  Communism was funded into existence by Wall Street and London, where it was usury that funded the Bolsheviks.

In both cases, it is a pyramid of power with the same actors.  So, yes ... communism is super capitalism.  Finance capitalism and communism are closely related... they are twins in a dialectic.

Jews are allowed by Talmud to use usury as a weapon.  There are plenty of goy that go along with the scheme to take rents.  Even some of the Popes have renormed Usury as a concept to make it palatable.




Offthebeach's picture

Stalin and Hitler were mutual admirers and partners and allies.  The German Army and Air Force were secretly trained in Russia.  Both, cash short,  traided vital commodities.   Both, together, invaded and consumed Poland.

P-51 Stiletto's picture

Sucked to be a Polish Calvaryman. You could wind up dead in a ditch, What? Too soon?


Bay of Pigs's picture

Uh, no. You might want brush up on your WWII history.

Offthebeach's picture

From early 20's into mid 1930's Germany and Soviet Union, operated many joint Army and Air Force training facilities.  The Germans, and then Hitler, to avoid Versailles restrictions on its military, the Soviets to increase the quality of its Officer corps.  

Trade, continued right up to the day of Nazis breaking their treaty( to the 3 day shock of Stalin ) with their attack.  Its kind of hard to hide an attack of that size, and it was known, but Stalin had faith in Hitler.

Both regimes admired and copied each other.

Barely theoretically enemies,  they were but similar competitors.   Hitler/Stalin, Nazi Party/Communist Party, Slavs/Germans, Mass propaganda, Bad economics, ......


Miskondukt's picture

Yuurp, the climate change for a country that can be scapegoated to 'natural causes' when we all know it's everythig but.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Not Too, well you just lightened up my friday afternoon.


zvzzt's picture

Fortunately we got our officlal iodine tablets in this week. In case of a 'radioactive' accident.... thanks .gov! Money well spent.... We're all safe now

Winston Churchill's picture

After you.

Try reading all his speeches, in the context of when they were given.

He pretended to be a red shield stooge when he needed to, but now he's his own man.

Freddie's picture

Look at Russia and Putin's dealing in the Middle East.  He essentially goes around and says let's do business together and be friendly.

Russia and Putin stood by their friend and ally Syria.  He has deals with Iran, probably Iraq, Turkey and even now the Saudis. 

The US thinks they can make friends by bombing countries and looting them.  The dumb Kurds expected the USA and their other friend Bibi to back them.

America is horrible with making agreements with other countries. 

Ask the following about America's word 

1. American Indians

2. WW1 vets bonus army

3. Continental Army not paid by US govt after Revolutionary War

Blankone's picture

Russia went along with the UN resolutions against Iraq. When the US attacked Russia refused to even give tactical advice. Of course Russia was key in getting chemical weapons removed before the US invasion.

Russia/Putin refused to block the UN resolution against Libya. Russia gave no aid to Libya when attacked. Of course Russia was key in getting chemical weapons removed before Libya was attacked.

Russia was key in getting chemical weapons removed from Syria before the war really took off.

Russia did not block the sanctions against Yemen.

Russia/Putin did not block UN sanctions against Iran. This caused the Iranian PM? to state that Russia was making itself the enemy of Iran. Russia/Putin was key in getting all the enriched uranium removed from Iran and moved to Russia.

Russia/Putin just passed a RUSSIAN law imposing strict sanctions again North Korea.

Russia has agreed to sell the S400 to the Saudis and to Turkey. Yet Putin has refused to even provide the S300 to Syria.

oncemore's picture

All lies, what you wrote.
Or let me say, disinformation.
Are you from London?

Not Too Important's picture

'Russia has agreed to sell the S400 to the Saudis and to Turkey. Yet Putin has refused to even provide the S300 to Syria.'

No need to if the S-200's will take out Israel's new F-35's hundreds of miles away.

flapdoodle's picture

The problem with the US is that it treats everyone the way the Talmudic Jews treat the Goyim. Unfortunately for them, arrogance has its price and memories are long.

Lumberjack's picture

Including the FACT that Russia helped us out during the Revolutianry War.

I would also like to thank them for their service.

Not Too Important's picture

They also saved the Union during the US Civil War, although the Johnny Reb's will disagree:

'How The Russian Navy Saved The Union In The Civil War'



Volkodav's picture

       Good intentions...but mistaked cos didn't understand real enemy quite yet 

       South was not fooled..



ThirteenthFloor's picture

Pretty much on. Firmly convinced there is no United States, just a cabal of elite using the United States for criminal ‘cover’. There is no ‘representative government’ for the people living in what used to be the US.

You can’t trust the mob. Putin is correct.

Offthebeach's picture

Wrong, wrong wrong.

Continental Army was paid, often in gold, often before battles.  You are thinking of bonds issued as rewards/pensions after Yorktown.  They were made good and many who bought at discounts them made fortunes.  Veterans were more wantingly given land.  Also many states and towns ran pension programs.  

Half, or more, tribes sided with us, against their raiding, nomadic, never manufacture enemies.  It wasn't an idyllic paradise of pastoral brotherhood we we got here. In most idian language the word for enemy was the same as the next tribe over.   Also, prevatin, starvation wasn't the exception, but the norm.  Life was hard and short for everyone.

The Great War bonus marchers were the ones breaking their contract.  As they well knew, it wasn't due until the 1940s.  And as in many events of street theatre, they a tiny minority,  unvoted, claimed to speak for the majorit of  vets, as for example Jon Forbes Kerry.


Freddie's picture

Look at Russia and Putin's dealing in the Middle East.  He essentially goes around and says let's do business together and be friendly.

Russia and Putin stood by their friend and ally Syria.  He has deals with Iran, probably Iraq, Turkey and even now the Saudis. 

The US thinks they can make friends by bombing countries and looting them.  The dumb Kurds expected the USA and their other friend Bibi to back them.

America is horrible with making agreements with other countries. 

Ask the following about America's word 

1. American Indians

2. WW1 vets bonus army

3. Continental Army not paid by US govt after Revolutionary War

oddjob's picture

4. Canadian Softwood Lumber Producers

Lumberjack's picture

Old time Maine lumber producers...

Ace006's picture

We lived up to FDR's agreement at Yalta to turn over eastern Europe to the communists. There's that. 

We also lived up to our agreement with blacks to give them exploitative legal privileges, turn millions of them into a parasitic, dependent underclass, and destroy their families, schools, and communities. 

We also live up to our agreement with Israel to send them billions annually and do what they tell us to do in foreign policy. 

We also live up to our agreement with Saudi Arabia to allow them to finance extremist mosques here. We also live up to our agreement with Muslims to bring them here and studiously pretend that Islam is a wonderful addition to American society and not the disgusting savagery that it is.

We're also living up to our agreement with AntiFa to allow them to bring anonymous, ultra-left, vigilante violence to our streets and campuses without fear of arrest.

I think we show remarkable fidelity to our sacred agreements.

Stud Duck's picture

You clowns with the Jew hate stuff are really getting quite irritating~ good comments laced with your stuff make going through the comments a very unplesant experience!! Tyler, the neighborhood is going to hell and it ain;t the niggers this time!!

finametrics's picture

ZH'ers talking about jewy jews are most likely referring to zio's and not all jews. ample history to back up this stance against zionism. sorry if you're too stupid to not realize it.

RedDwarf's picture

"haa haaaa hes a fuking crypto jew a tribesman go do some research on this guy"

Wow, you are a true black hole of stupidity.

If Putin was in the NWO order pocket, he would not be in the Middle East distrupting their plans.  He would be westernizing Russia.  More specifically he would be allowing the Western banking cartels into Russia with open arms.  That is the life blood and purpose of the globalists. you moron.  it is to rule us all via their system of one world fiat.

Instead you have Russia and China, traditional enemies, making alliances and attempting to find solutions to get out of the SWIFT system.

Rex Andrus's picture

Ever heard of controlled opposition, little Billy?

Pava's picture

Haha...you're an idiot and not even hiding it

P-51 Stiletto's picture

really. your a 4 monther... fuck off stooge.