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In his latest speech, Vladimir Putin blamed Ukraine and the West for “provoking” Russia into invading Ukraine. Putin also issued a new warning to the West by suspending Russia’s participation in a major nuclear arms control treaty with the U.S.  

In his two-hour-long state of the nation address today, Putin accused the West and Ukraine of starting the war by provoking Russia with NATO’s expansion and new European anti-rocket defense systems.  

Putin also used the speech to announce that Russia is suspending its participation in the nuclear arms control treaty, the New START treaty, the last remaining arms control treaty between Russia and the United States.

Previously, the U.S. and Russia had agreed to extend the treaty through February 4, 2026. The Treaty between the U.S. and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, also known as the New START Treaty, entered into force in February 2011.

Russia’s representative to the international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, tweeted to clarify that the Russian suspension of the Treaty “does not mean withdrawal; return to the Treaty remains possible under certain circumstances.”

Putin said in his speech that Russia should be ready to test nuclear weapons if necessary.

“Of course, we will not do this first. But if the United States conducts tests, then we will. No one should have dangerous illusions that global strategic parity can be destroyed,” Putin said, as carried by Reuters.

In other comments in the address, Putin also said, referring to the West, “They started the war, and we used the force in order to stop it.” 

Putin’s speech comes a year – almost to the day – after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and a day after U.S. President Joe Biden met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

“When Putin launched his invasion nearly one year ago, he thought Ukraine was weak and the West was divided. He thought he could outlast us. But he was dead wrong,” President Biden said on Monday.   

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on February 21 2023 said:
    Millions of words have been written so far about the roots of the Ukraine conflict that has been raging since 24 February 2022. Therefore, I am not going to dwell on its roots. But when Henry Kissinger speaks on the topic, the world should listen.

    In an article he wrote on 5 March 2014 for the Washington Post titled:” To Settle the Ukraine Crisis, Start at the End”, Kissinger said ‘far too often the Ukrainian issue is posed as a showdown: whether Ukraine joins the East or the West. But if Ukraine is to survive and thrive, it must not be either side’s outpost against the other — it should function as a bridge between them.”

    Kissinger suggested in 2014 a settlement based on the following principles:

    1. Ukraine should have the right to choose freely its economic and political associations, including with Europe.

    2. Ukraine should not join NATO.

    3. Ukraine should pursue a posture of neutrality.

    Seven years later on 23 May 2022 Kissinger speaking to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland via Video link he advised the Ukraine to cede territory to make peace with Russia. He also said that pursuing the war beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself.

    It is therefore becoming clear that President Putin won’t stop his military operations in Ukraine until he achieves his objectives based (almost completely) on what Kissinger had suggested in 2014. The alternative is a nuclear war.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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