President Putin today: What we know

I know when the federal government has finally reached its target. I was there at the mayor’s meeting, at the inner council, where he announced that the lights would be turned off. The mayor…

President Putin today: What we know

I know when the federal government has finally reached its target. I was there at the mayor’s meeting, at the inner council, where he announced that the lights would be turned off. The mayor called it the grace period, we had lost our patience. And the main thing was we wanted Russia kicked out and in.

This was about the Olympics, it was about the Russians. But it was really about Russia, and in all of this, we could have wound up with a deeper confrontation. We could have wound up getting involved in another war in the next few years, but we could not have found our better angels in the name of the Olympics. And the Russians are smart enough to know, at the end of the day, we are going to make peace, we’re going to put our cards back on the table. And that’s what they did.

The real story of Russian business is: They are really not a modern country. They will do things for their strategic interest. They will do things that will benefit their citizens and their economy and their particular culture, but to them, those are all malleable and very easily undermined. They don’t really have strategic long-term interests.

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