Source: Rossiyskaya Gazeta | Karl Sanchez (translation)
‘Our people, our land, our truth’: Deputy Chairman of the Security Council on the results of 2022, which changed the world order.”
The year 2022 is nearing completion. Complex, formidable, dramatic. The year is on the threshold of a new era, which has already been marked by cardinal changes in everything – from the alignment of global “centers of power” to the daily way of life of many people. Inevitable transformation awaits most of the international institutions that have been created over many decades. They are pretty decrepit and do not fulfill their tasks. Some of them have become purely decorative, others are trying to preserve their former influence, although not very successfully. Some are just being formed…
After many years and even generations, historians, of course, will give a timeless verdict – what was still happening in our days and to what conclusion it came. Time will judge everyone. Experts of the future will “blow the dust” from digital information about the events of 2022, calmly turn over its virtual pages and close the saved files.
And we simply do not have the opportunity to wait for abstract-wise, but belated assessments. We live in the here and now. Our world has changed, and it’s gone forever. And the main thing we need to understand is where it’s going right now and with us. What a future is starting today. What can we expect. And the main thing is how to act. It is critical to find these answers as quickly as possible.
I will express my own position on current events. I do not pretend to be impartially detached, since I am a direct participant in them. Yes, it is impossible when it comes to the fate of your Motherland, our people and the whole world. But the first thing that all normal sane people, regardless of their citizenship, really need now is to maintain a sober mind and a firm will. Composure and fortitude. Keen eyesight and unblinkered gaze. To see the real state of affairs in the world and draw conclusions solely on the basis of objective facts. The logic of one’s own actions is to build in the same way. Not succumbing to anyone’s false words (and vile lies overwhelmed all foreign channels of information), tempting promises or outright pressure under the guise of defending the “true values of democracy.” This has been abundant in recent decades. And it led to real, not at all illusory tragedies and catastrophes. All this outgoing year proved to us in full
The results are quite clear.
Bottom line one. Nazism is near, but it will not pass
Since last winter, the whole world has been living under the sign of dramatic events in and around Donbass. Although the tragedy began, as you know, much earlier, but the “civilized world” did not see it at point-blank range.
For ten months, a special military operation has been going on, the goals of which were originally outlined by the Country’s President V.V. Putin. This is the protection of our compatriots in the new territories, which after the referendums held in them became part of Russia. Denazification of the disgusting, almost fascist regime of Ukraine. Complete demilitarization of the Ukrainian state. Guarantees against aggression in the future.
The decision to launch a special military operation in February 2022 was a difficult, forced step under the pressure of circumstances. It was not only about the protection of the fraternal republics of Donbass, but also about the security and sovereignty of Russia itself. Let’s face it – about its survival. It was impossible to delay any longer. This became obvious at the end of 2021, when the North Atlantic Alliance refused to give guarantees of Ukraine’s non-accession to NATO. And Ukrainian drug addicts have announced their desire to revive their nuclear arsenal.
The battles in Donbass are not just for settlements, the names of which have become symbols of perseverance, patriotism and courage of our soldiers and officers today. The special operation is a continuation of our long-standing irreconcilable struggle against bastard neo-fascism and nationalism in all its manifestations. We are rebuffing any attempt to humiliate and destroy entire peoples for the sake of group selfish interests. With black paint and blood- to rewrite history. Ultimately, and today it is obvious to our enemies, to limit our development, and then to divide our country into parts. This is the ultimate plan of all who oppose us. They don’t hide it anymore. Directly, without hesitation, they say: “Russia must be destroyed.”
The first thing that all sensible people need is to draw conclusions on the basis of objective facts.
The saddest result of not even a year, but decades that have passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union, is that the lessons of World War II are completely forgotten by Western states. Neo-Nazism found support even in countries that have always declared their rejection of Hitler’s ideology, whose historical memory is full of pain, shame and anger. We could not calmly watch how the odious nationalist regime of the heirs of Konovalets, Bandera and Shukhevych, with the support of its curators, seeks to reduce to zero not only Russia, but also the entire “Russian world”, to which hundreds of millions of people proudly count themselves.
We will make every effort to ensure that all the objectives of the special military operation are achieved. And the disgusting regime of Kiev nationalists ceased to exist. Today, except for us, no one else can cope with this mission.
Bottom line two. Illusions are over, today we are separated from the Western world by much more than unites us
The past year has been truly a watershed year. Like a knee, he broke, among other things, the last illusions about the modern Western world, which so likes (and for good reason) to call itself the “golden billion”. It is now finally clear that in the relations of independent and sovereign states with the Anglo-Saxon world in the current configuration, there can be no question of trust, hope for the decency of partners, their loyalty to the word and even their own beautifully stated principles. Alas, now we have no one to talk and negotiate with in the West, nothing to talk about, and there is no need to. It was the events of the past year that annulled the very possibility of a trusting and respectful dialogue with representatives of this world “pole”. Only a squeamish bewilderment remains: do these people seriously consider themselves world leaders, claim something global, dream of dictating their will to others? On what basis, if they discredited themselves, signed in impotence, lied, wallowed in problems?
The deeds and deeds of current and former Western leaders strike with calm and direct cynicism. As the former German Chancellor recently admitted, the Minsk agreements, signed in 2014, were just a screen masking the true intentions of the West. They were started to “give Ukraine time to become stronger” and build up military power. That is, they were originally conceived in order to prepare for a bloody war. Which kiev’s neo-Nazis did – with the full connivance or direct help of “civilized Europeans”. Unfortunately, we then trusted our partners, not expecting them to directly betray and work openly to destroy our country. I remember well the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at the highest level in Lisbon in 2010, in which I participated as President of the Russian Federation. The members of the alliance convinced us then that we did not pose a threat to each other and were ready to work together for the common security of the Euro-Atlantic. NATO’s expansion to the East and preparations for confrontation, in fact, for war with Russia, did not stop for a minute. Endless murky streams of cynical lies.
There is also a general crisis of confidence in the so-called developed countries and the legal institutions they have created. For the sake of political interests, it turns out that it is easy to write off the fundamental principles of legal relations. Such as the inviolability of private property and the rule of international law. Western politicians who have gained the right are trying to confiscate Russian assets “without trial and investigation” – that is, simply steal. And the sanctions regimes against us and our allies are being introduced with the stroke of the pen of narrow-minded Washington functionaries and their European vassals. All this is the last signal to all other states: it is no longer possible to deal with the Anglo-Saxon world. As with a thief, a fraudster, a card cheater, from whom you can expect anything.
For years, maybe decades to come, normal relations with the West can be forgotten. It’s not our choice. Now we will dispense with them, until a new generation of reasonable politicians comes to power there. Let’s be careful and vigilant. We will develop relations with the rest of the world. Fortunately, it is very extensive and treats us normally.
Bottom line three. The epidemic of Russophobia requires treatment with strong means
And 2022, and at least eight previous ones, if we count from the “Crimean Spring”, were marked by the growth of wild, irrational Russophobia in the Western world. Another acute relapse of this contagious bad disease in the West occurred in recent years.
In time, it partly coincided with the pandemic of a real deadly infection – the coronavirus, with the decline of the world economy, the severance of ties between states, the logistics crisis, the aggravation of social problems. Even more affected were other negative trends that made themselves felt even without any pandemic. In order not to be responsible for their own obvious mistakes, it was necessary to revive the main enemy. To rally their ranks in the fight against it, simultaneously getting rid of indecisive or dissident partners. That’s what the Western world has done. Moreover, one seventh of the land was already very irritating to him with its development. She grew, strengthened, did not listen to the “right advice” and stubbornly followed her own, quite successful path.
The framework of traditional decency after the introduction of illegal, absolutely boorish sanctions against our country should no longer limit us in any way in the choice of methods of protection.
Currying favor with the “masters” and in its boredom, the Kiev regime desperately seeks to “ban” not only all contacts of its citizens and businesses with Russia. But also any “Russian spirit”, Russian culture – even the one that has rightfully become a world classic. In Ukraine, monuments to Russian writers and generals are demolished, and the streets of Pushkin are given the name of the thug Bandera. They outlaw the Russian language in schools and in everyday life, put Russian books under the knife. What a familiar handwriting – only concentration camps and Kristallnacht are missing. Gogol, Bulgakov, Malevich, Akhmatova, Vernadsky, and Lesya Ukrainka or Taras Shevchenko must be turned over in coffins. All this is accompanied by hysterical propaganda convulsions and calls to “punish” the obstinate Russia by any means.
At the same time, the West has a cynical non-medical “amnesia”, as well as a partial loss of “hearing” and “vision”. What the Nazi feeders, who sport a swastika on their sleeve, do and did in the controlled territories, are bypassed by a “delicate” silence, giving these scoundrels an indulgence in advance for all past and, most importantly, future torments and murders. However, what to expect from some European countries, which at some point gave rise to National Socialism and Fascism! They are now responsible for the revival of Nazi ideology. Apparently, the phantom pains of lost greatness among the political class of these countries cannot be removed by the medicines of time. And although the ruling forces there call themselves left-wing or Christian, in fact they are the true heirs of the cause of the NSDAP and the Partito Nazionale Fascista. And sooner or later – they will answer for those who were fed from their hands.
We’ve been through this sort of thing more than once. Each chronicle has its own backstory, especially since dirty Russophobia has deep roots. If anything, it is necessary to recall not only the twentieth, but also the XIX century, when anti-Russian hysteria also raged in the world. The one that F.I. Tyutchev called “broken from the chain”. Let me remind you once again of his prophetic words: “Russia was simply offered suicide, renunciation of the very basis of its existence, a solemn recognition that it is nothing more in the world than a wild and ugly phenomenon, as an evil that requires correction …”
Suicide or reprisals did not take place in the century before last or in the last century. Not after the First and Second World Wars or the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today, Western countries are again calling for our country to be multiplied by zero. Well, let the strained screamers hoarse until they put them in their pants.
It is impossible to trample on Russia, and with it the “Russian World”, to split it or to subordinate it to someone else’s will. The prodigal hands of the Anglo-Saxons and other countries that “swore allegiance to darkness” were short even in the most difficult times for us. It won’t work out now.
Bottom line four. The West has driven itself into a cage. Let him sit in isolation
As Vladimir Putin recently noted, our world has entered a period of revolutionary transformations, and they are of a fundamental nature. New centers of development are being formed, which represent the majority of the world community and which are ready not only to declare their interests, but also to protect them.
What is happening is a direct consequence of the systemic crisis in the West, primarily in the United States itself. It is not only about the slowdown in economic growth and technological progress or about the crisis of all management systems. The problem is broader. There is a global ideological and philosophical collapse of the Western worldview, its model of the world order. In modern realities, this is especially noticeable.
In the early 1990s, the well-known American publicist F. Fukuyama hastened to proclaim the onset of the “end of history” as a continuous series of wars and confrontation between the two world systems, the liberal West and the communist East. Because of the death of the USSR, the fight is over, he believed. However, Fukuyama’s prediction failed miserably. The West’s dreams of a unipolar world, where one can rule unchallenged and dictate one’s will, have not come true. Moreover, in modern conditions, the West is not able to offer the world any new ideas that can lead humanity forward, solve global problems, and ensure collective security. There is a curious metamorphosis. In the old days, the term “Iron Curtain” meant a blockade of undesirable countries or their associations, which had to be isolated in one way or another from the rest of the global society. Now it is obvious that the Western world is gradually turning into a besieged fortress, the entrances to which it tightly closes with walls (by the way, often quite real), locks and concretes from the inside. He imprisons himself in a cage – while the rest of the world lives quietly in the wild. That’s where he goes. Let him live on the reservation.
Meanwhile, the world economic system is sinking deeper into the abyss of uncertainty, into a crisis of unprecedented proportions. Even the financial storm of 2008-2009 was overcome by developed countries relatively quickly. But now the situation is fundamentally different. The inflation rate in the US and in the euro area literally breaks through the “bottom” of pessimistic forecasts: it is 8-10%, respectively, with GDP growth of 2%. Not to mention the various under-measures from Eastern Europe or the Baltic States, where inflation has gone over 20%.
One can only sympathize with ordinary citizens of EU countries. Their fiery slogans about solidarity with Ukraine will not warm the house, you will not pour them into the gas tank of the car. All the “hellish sanctions”, blockades and other restrictions on their shoulders are carried by those who now have to pay insane bills for utilities or fuel. To take on the maintenance of Ukrainian refugees and give them jobs. To experience crisis after crisis due to the fault of their own politicians who ignore the questions – what is all this torment for? Who got worse in the end? Why is it that, as usual, only America is in the relative gain? Their citizens understand that poverty and uncertainty are for a very long time. And there is no joy about this – reports from street protests appear daily on the news feeds of Europe.
The main trouble is that the West with its own hands destroys the fundamental principles of the market economy – without which you can forget about your development and partnership with anyone. Endless bans and exceptions to generally accepted rules, especially in the field of trade in petroleum products, have already led to the creation of a giant “gray zone” on the world market, where operations are carried out without regard to the powerful of this world. Under the pressure of politicians, new rules are being introduced in the financial sphere, and business is again forced to look for workarounds for settlements.
I am not even talking about the technological and information blockade, which is designed to limit access to high technologies to all potential competitors of the United States. It is obvious that states that have been subjected to one degree or another to illegal sanctions or restrictions by Washington and other Western countries will try to circumvent all these prohibitions. Acting quietly or, on the contrary, boldly, regardless of international rules, without taking into account any interests of developed countries, including denying them protection of their intellectual property. We have yet to learn all this. And the framework of traditional decency after the introduction of illegal, absolutely boorish sanctions against our country should no longer limit us in any way in the choice of methods of protection. Including any use of the rights and property of economic entities from unfriendly countries. We have the right to do with their assets everything that we consider acceptable on the basis of our right.
Things should be called by their proper names: the United States professes neocolonialism, the unbridled nature of which would make even R. Kipling, with his “white man”, blush and embarrass. They are still trying to pretend that the whole world is their colony, to dictate enslaving conditions, to behave without regard to law and morality, to plunder at every step. What is worth at least the situation around the “grain deal”, which literally goldened large American companies that bought up farmland in Ukraine. At the same time, the stated goal was not actually achieved – to prevent famine in the poorest countries, where grain and fertilizers are exported from Russia and Ukraine (only about 3-5% of such cargoes eventually reach them). Even worse are the countries where the United States has sought to establish ostensibly liberal and democratic orders. The matter always ends, if not with bloody coups, then with a deep systemic crisis and decline in all spheres. Libya, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan are the most bitter victims of American “democratic missionary work.” Geopolitical tensions are constantly rising.
The U.S. has not yet gotten used to doing business in its favorite primitive cowboy style: “if you don’t like the way the table is set, knock it over.” But each time they encounter more and more resistance from those who are unwilling to obey. China, India, and the countries of the Middle East are strengthening their positions in the world market. Latin America and Africa are not at all eager to obey the dictates of the United States. Russia has enough partners and like-minded people on these continents, with whom we are now conducting an intensive dialogue. At the end of this year, I had many talks with the leaders of a number of such states. And each of my interlocutors invariably confirmed his rejection of the methods by which Washington and its allies act on the world stage.
Realizing this, the United States and NATO are multiplying numerous “umbrella” structures that should rally around the “right” foundations. Such as the Eastern Partnership, the Crimean Platform, AUKUS and others. At the same time, the contradictions in the camp of the Allies are visible to the naked eye: Washington and London, using the situation in Ukraine, seek to weaken Europe and its industrial sector, reduce the economic influence of Germany and the military power of France. And also – to drive a wedge between China and eu members, to disrupt plans for a long-term (and profitable) partnership of such countries with interstate structures and alliances that are not part of the orbit of US influence.
Several macro-regions are formed in the world – each with its own internal rules and the logic of development, but generally tuned to partnership and dialogue, and not to confrontation.
In general, the interests of almost all major Western states today contradict each other, no matter how fervently they assure the public of the opposite and create the appearance of unity. As N.M. Karamzin wrote, albeit about a completely different time, “these giants, driven by the inner anxiety of the spirit, strive from the difficult to the most difficult, destroy people and, as a reward, demand the names of the greats from them.” But sooner or later, the alliances of large and powerful Western countries will cease to exist. Friction abounds right now, even in the face of the “common enemy” that Russia has traditionally been assigned. There may be several options for the future development of events. It is most likely that several macro-regions are formed in the world – each with its own internal rules and the logic of development, but generally tuned to partnership and dialogue, and not to confrontation. And the entire system of international relations will become not only multipolar, but also multi-structured, based on the principles of benevolent non-interference. This will significantly weaken the influence of leading international structures. But at the same time, it will strengthen the security of such macro-regions, which is a clear blessing.
Some of the European states will try to maintain independence to the best of their ability and capabilities. A separate topic is how countries such as, for example, Poland – an example of impotent malice and rare rabid Russophobia, dependence and controllability – will begin to get out of their own traps. Even in this country, it is already recognized that the bet on an endless confrontation with Russia has led Warsaw to a dead end. One local politician, with bitter irony, recently remarked, “Poles hate Russia more than they love Poland.” The Baltic states have also put themselves in the stupidest position. Provincial narrow-mindedness, rudeness, the machinations of thieving lackeys – this is their political style, from which even the rest of Europe is ruined. Apparently, in the near future, social explosions in these states will lead to an inevitable change of power.
The new world will be ready to cooperate with the West – but only on the principles of equality and mutual respect. It will take strength and political will not to break down in this confrontation. And it will go on for a very long time. But in any case, sovereign states no longer accept attempts to impose on them the principles of a world order tailored according to American patterns. A clear awareness of this truth is also one of the results of the past year.
New disarmament agreements are not feasible and necessary at the moment. The sooner the guarantees of maximum security that suit our country are obtained, the faster the situation will normalize.
The fiercest rivalry between the West and the rest of the world will continue to grow. The contradictions between the recent allies in the anti-Russian bloc will also increase. In the future, a gradual change in the economic and energy structures in these countries is coming. There will also be new reserve currencies. Russia will have to take its own special place in the new world, relying on the new rules of partnership and cooperation with friendly states. And to do everything to ensure its security, independence and sovereignty in key areas, from finance to science.
Bottom line five. There will be no apocalypse yet
“The world is dangerous not because some people do evil, but because some see it and do nothing,” wrote the great physicist A. Einstein. A scientist and humanist who found it impossible for himself to remain within the same boundaries with Hitler’s Nazis. And – as a brilliant analyst – long before the outbreak of World War II, he sensed its approach and stated it publicly. Einstein and many others were not listened to then. Many people are now talking about the “premonition of the Third World War” or even its beginning (as Pope Francis did recently). As well as about the second coming of Nazism to Europe. But, alas, to the same effect.
By the end of 2021 – the beginning of 2022, the situation escalated to the extreme, it actually reached the last edge, after which there was a world catastrophe. The collective West, represented by the United States and its European allies, is supporting the insane Kiev regime with all its might. It supplies it with weapons, trains mercenaries, and pours huge funds into the budget of an unpredictable and corrupt state.
Is the West ready to unleash a full-fledged war against us, including a nuclear one, with the hands of Kiev? Western politicians look away and hesitate to respond honestly. But ask the residents of the city of Enerhodar near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, which was hit with targeted fire, almost touching the IAEA representatives with stray fragments. Shelling continues to this day. Take the statements of stoned cannabis cannibals from Kiev. These are buffoonish comedians who simply are not able to realize the full extent of their own responsibility for the lives of people in the real world. Remember the shootings and torture in Kherson and other places.
Nevertheless, even in the face of such serious threats, Russia has stressed more than once or twice: we are fighting not with the Ukrainian people, but with the Nazi bastard who settled in Kiev, who seized power as a result of a coup d’état. At the same time, our enemies do not hesitate in means – on their conscience (although this word hardly applies to them) – thousands of destroyed houses, ruined lives, refugees and destitute people. Therefore, any negotiations with the current, puppet Ukrainian leadership became absolutely meaningless last year, as I wrote in my article published at the end of 2021.
The only thing that stops our enemies today is the understanding that Russia will be guided by the Fundamentals of the state policy of the Russian Federation in the field of nuclear deterrence. And if there is a real threat, it will act on them. The trouble is that in this case, no one will later figure out what it was – a retaliatory strike or a preventive one. This, of course, frightens Western benefactors, who have long instilled in the Ukrainian political rabble the illusion of invulnerability and impunity in exchange for complete obedience. Therefore, the Western world balances between the burning desire to humiliate, offend, dismember and destroy Russia as much as possible, on the one hand, and the desire to avoid a nuclear apocalypse, on the other.
New disarmament agreements are not feasible and necessary at the moment. The sooner the guarantees of maximum security that suit our country are obtained, the faster the situation will normalize. If we don’t get them, the tension will persist indefinitely. The world will continue to teeter on the brink of World War III and nuclear catastrophe. We will do everything to prevent m.
Bottom line six. Russia is not “surviving”, but living. Develops and wins
The main result of the outgoing 2022 can be called the huge changes that we see today in Russia. In its economy, and most importantly – in the minds of a huge number of citizens.
Now almost everything depends on our people. His steadfastness and cohesion, patriotism and confidence in victory, maturity of thinking and fortitude. The alien toxic foam formed on Russian society is gradually disappearing. I will not give a moral assessment to those who have chosen a new “philosophical steamer” for themselves, because I do not know the motivations of each of them. God is their judge. Of course, this does not apply to those who, in the context of a military campaign, wish for the defeat of their country and its army. They’re just traitors. And there should be no forgiveness for them.
The main thing is that the process of maturation of our society is proceeding steadily. And it is irreversible. Of course, not everyone has yet had time to realize how much our lives have changed, what goals will be the main ones for many years to come. Shells are exploding on the frontline, and someone believes that this is not his business. Some people are on duty at refugee sites and help rebuild houses destroyed by shelling, while others do not notice what is happening.
Our task in the near future is not only to protect new territories within the Russian Federation, but also to make their lives prosperous, safe, comfortable.
And yet it is obvious: this year has forced our society to mobilize in the full sense of the word. Thousands of Russian citizens from the very first days of the special military operation went to Donbass as volunteers. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and officers are now undergoing combat coordination and are heroically fighting on the front line, liberating new territories within Russia from the Nazis. The selfless work of volunteers who help refugees and IDPs, families and children of the mobilized, are on duty in hospitals, collect everything necessary for our fighters is also worthy of great gratitude. All of them are true patriots of our Fatherland, our pride and glory.
Equally important is the mobilization of another, higher order. When, in the face of an external threat, in confrontation with the enemy, under cruel and unprecedented pressure, the country was able in a matter of months to unite and reach a new level of civic consciousness. This applies to all aspects of our lives. 2022 has changed a lot in us. I made me decide on my thoughts and feelings. He taught me to distinguish the secondary from the really important. And to appreciate is the most important thing for all of us. Courage. Mercy. Mutual assistance. Historical and family memory. Loyalty to one’s duty and traditions. Justice. Truth. Conscience.
Our enemies have failed to destroy our economy. In the economic sphere, a lot of work is currently underway aimed at restarting the most important industries that ensure the security and defense capability of the country. The financial system is gradually and successfully adapting to work under sanctions. It was not possible to “disconnect and cut off” us from the world’s infrastructure, to strangle us with prohibitions and restrictions. The state was able to keep the foreign exchange market in balance and minimize risks on it. Inflation is kept within manageable limits – the first shock quickly came to naught thanks to the clear and professional actions of key financial institutions. The strategic reorientation of the entire Russian infrastructure to the markets of friendly countries continues. Annual price growth in October-November 2022 slowed down. The State fully fulfils its social obligations. Salaries and pensions are indexed, all benefits are paid.
The withdrawal of foreign companies from our market (many did so reluctantly and under obvious pressure from their governments) did not bring down, as we were frightened, the consumer sector. On the contrary, import substitution is successfully underway in the most important segments for people. Most businesses have not changed their investment plans for the coming year.
In a short time, we were forced to increase the production of modern weapons, to establish supplies of everything necessary to supply the front and rear. Sometimes for this it was necessary to transfer the system to the “manual control” mode, achieving a clear and timely implementation of the state defense order. Now we can say that the Russian defense industry was able to give an adequate response to the most serious threats to the country’s security. Defense plants work stably, weapons and products for the needs of the army are produced and supplied in accordance with the new maximally increased tasks. The volume of production of weapons and military equipment is constantly growing day by day. We must create and will create a powerful reserve of Russian weapons for the future!
Special attention this year was required by issues related to the large flow of refugees and internally displaced persons from the territories of Donbass and Ukraine. They were received by almost all regions. On behalf of the President of the country, everything was done to support such people and give them the opportunity to return to normal life. To find loved ones, to send children to schools, to heal physical and mental wounds. Assistance was also provided to the most vulnerable categories – families with children, the elderly, the disabled.
Our task in the near future is not only to protect new territories within the Russian Federation, but also to make their lives prosperous, safe, comfortable. This was already the case in 2014, when Crimea became part of Russia, returning home for good. Contrary to those who dream of driving him back into other people’s borders by force, he threatened and intimidated, arranged an energy, water, transport, gas blockade for “their own” people. We see how dynamically this region of Russia is developing, with what sense of pride its residents talk about their today and tomorrow.
The main and indisputable. “We do not abandon our own!” – became the motto of the outgoing year. We will make every effort to ensure that life in a large Russian family is normal and prosperous. Let’s give millions of people the opportunity to gain confidence in the future. We will always stand up for their rights and freedoms, language and culture, faith and hope. This is well understood by our enemies, those who desperately and hopelessly continue to wage a hybrid war against us, trying to put pressure on us and intimidate us.
Happy coming 2023 to all citizens of Russia! All those who are close and dear to us, who are ready to go with us to meet any trials. A low bow to our heroic Armed Forces. Russia’s enemies will be defeated! The truth will prevail! The future belongs to us!