Is World War 3 closer than some Americans might think? Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, gave a public speech this week in which he blamed the U.S. for problems in the Ukraine as well as terrorism in the Middle East. BBC News reports this Saturday, October 25, 2014, that political activist and world chess champion Garry Kasparov recently called Putin a serious “threat,” underscoring him as the key figure interested in drawing a new map towards Ukrainian territory.
In a speech that some listeners called the closest throwback to the Cold War in modern times, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia is not to blame for current global issues, and that it is the US responsible for trying to selfishly “remake the world.” The possibility of a World War 3 may seem far-fetched, but the Russian leader had no hesitation earlier this month to remind people everywhere that the Eurasian country has nuclear weapons — and the power to use them effectively.
With Ukraine electing a new parliament this weekend, Vladimir Putin hosted a press conference this Friday afternoon, calling Western territories the problem for urging Ukraine into its current state of war. The political figure went on to say that the US nation is to blame for Russia’s support of separatists following the toppling of Ukraine’s former president, Viktor Yanukovych, in early 2014. Yet some are saying that it is in fact Putin causing strife in the area.
One of these activists, Garry Kasparov, shared in an interview recently with BBC that he views Putin as a “bigger threat than IS (the Islamic State).” The political activist went on to note that the leader’s claim to power necessitates an image of absolute influence and control, adding that he is the one who seems intent on redrawing a new Ukrainian map. Kasparov has been very clear in his views of Putin as a national dictator, intent on maintaining power for the rest of his life.
According to the Epoch Times this afternoon, Vladimir Putin’s speech this weekend was nothing short of a “diatribe” that could be seen as eerily evocative of Cold War times. Is this a sign of World War 3 in the near future? Perhaps not, but it does seem to be a sign of escalating tensions between Russia and the U.S. nation. Putin highlighted the West as a source for strains in the Ukraine and recurrent Islamic terrorist in Eastern regions.
“We did not start this,” Putin stated, citing the U.S. as attempting to “remake the whole world” with only its personal interest in mind.” A Reuters report called the foreign figure’s speech a veritable “40-minute diatribe against the West that was reminiscent of the Cold War and underlined the depth of the rift between Moscow and the West, Putin also denied trying to rebuild the Soviet empire at the expense of Russia’s neighbors.”
Vladimir Putin was also quick to shut down any ongoing claims of Russia attempting to create an “empire” of power. He rejected that the Eurasian country was trying to intrude or trespass upon the rights (and territory) of its neighboring lands.
“Statements that Russia is trying to reinstate some sort of empire, that it is encroaching on the sovereignty of its neighbors, are groundless,” the former KGB spy asserted. “The exceptionalism of the United States, the way they implement their leadership, is it really a benefit? And their worldwide intervention brings peace and stability, progress and peak of democracy? Maybe we should relax and enjoy this splendour? No!” he concluded.
The press release did acknowledge that Putin did not answer all questions entirely. When questioned by one reporter from the UK about Russia maintaining the war like conflict in eastern Ukraine by keeping active Russian troops present there, Putin refused to reply. Fears of an impending World War 3 were also brought about earlier this week when a Russian spy plane was discovered to have entered Baltic Sea territories without permission. NATO was swift to intercept the rogue aircraft, but the foreign ambassador only said that the flight was part of a routine training mission, and did not intend nor actively infiltrate Estonia’s restricted airspace.
“Once identification was successful, the intercept mission was completed and the two Hornets returned to their base,” a NATO report revealed. Apparently, at least one other Russian aircraft was also traced earlier in the week. Vladimir Putin concluded his speech by discussing Kiev and ongoing fights with pro-Russian forces.
“We don’t see a desire from our partners in Kiev… to solve the problem of relations with the south-east of the country through a political process, with talks,” said Putin. “We always see one and the same thing in different manifestations: to suppress by force … Russia is everything to me, that is definitely a fact. I could not imagine myself separated from Russia for a single second.”