Trade Wars

Putin talks to reporters after SCO summit on various issues

Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions from journalists on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Friday, September 16, 2022. (Sergei Bobylev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Despite the long-sought goal of Western countries to lead Russia to collapse, that will not be the case, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand.

“For decades, the West has been cultivating the idea of ​​Russia’s collapse. The West will not live to see Russia’s collapse,” Putin said, adding that Russia had launched the military operation special in Ukraine to prevent the West from creating – Russian Enclave.

Commenting on the kyiv authorities’ decision to abandon all agreements with Russia and seek victory on the battlefield, Putin said: “Troops were withdrawn from kyiv in order to create the conditions for the conclusion of this agreement. . Instead of concluding it, the government of kyiv authorities immediately abandoned all agreements, they were thrown in a box. They announced that they would not seek any agreement with Russia, but would seek victory on the battlefield. Well, as you wish. They’re just trying to do that by leading this counter-offensive.”

As for Ukraine’s security guarantees, “there were quite harsh guarantees, guarantees were demanded from our side, the main NATO countries, the countries of the region, including Turkey, in general, we We agreed with that in general, there were some things that needed such minor adjustments but we agreed in general. This is a very important request but the Kyiv authorities delayed it,” Putin told reporters. .

Putin also spoke about Russia’s military operation plan, saying it is not fixed, but some operational decisions are made on the ground.

“The plan is not subject to adjustment, the General Staff makes operational decisions during the operation, something is considered key, the main goal is to liberate the entire territory of Donbass. This work continues despite these counter-offensive attempts by the Ukrainian army,” Putin said. said, adding that Ukraine’s offensive does not stop, but Russia is in no hurry.

In another context, the Russian president told reporters that he had been invited to the G20 summit in Indonesia and added, “We will see how the situation develops in the economy and in other areas.”

Regarding the European Commission’s decision to impose restrictions on Russian grain exports to developing countries, Putin called it “disgusting”.

“The same goes for the export of our fertilizers. Well, it’s generally unprecedented, it’s a disgusting decision, I would say, on the part of the European Commission, just a sham. Remove the ban buying our fertilizers, but only for their own countries, for EU member states. What about the poorest countries in the world?” Putin said.

Putin also commented on Ukraine’s attacks on Russian infrastructure, saying that “at the moment Russia has responded moderately to Ukrainian attacks on infrastructure and terrorist acts.”

Unaware of kyiv’s proposals on security guarantees

At a press conference after his visit to Uzbekistan, President Putin said he was unaware of the document on Ukraine’s security guarantees.

“To be honest, I’m not aware of what they’re offering this time. In fact, we started with that. We talked when we were negotiating with the current authorities in Kyiv, and basically completed that negotiation process. in Istanbul with the well-known draft Istanbul agreement, after which the troops were withdrawn from kyiv in order to create the conditions for concluding this agreement.”

Instead of concluding it, the authorities in Kyiv immediately abandoned all agreements, “threw them in a box”, Putin said.

Putin also commented on Americans and grain exports saying, “They seem to have lifted the sanctions on our fertilizers. The Americans, by the way, were the first to remove them. Americans in general are pragmatic people. When we talk about exporting grain from Ukraine, do you know who is exporting it? American companies, they are the owners of this grain in general, in large part. It turned out that the land in Ukraine was sold to American companies a long time ago, it’s their grain, they export their grain.”

Russian-Chinese trade will hit $200 billion ‘very soon’

The Russian president said he discussed with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, trade in national currencies, which is increasing but not at the desired rate, and ways to counter trade wars.

“We talked about the need to expand trade and settlements in national currencies – they are gradually increasing, not as fast as we all would like, but nevertheless, all this is moving forward,” Putin said, adding that Russian- Chinese would reach 200 billion dollars “very soon”.

Gazprom still fulfills its contractual obligations

On Thursday, Gazprom management committee deputy chairman Oleg Aksyutin said the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline could solve all of the European Union’s current energy problems; however, European politicians oppose this decision.

In the same context, he affirmed that Gazprom always carries out all its investment projects.

In this regard, Putin said the West should contact Kyiv if it wants another route for gas deliveries.

“Call kyiv, let them open the second route,” Putin told reporters, adding that Gazprom is still fulfilling its contractual obligations, and he noted that Europe can still lift Nord Stream 2 pipeline sanctions if confronted. to gas shortage problems.

Putin added that the Siemens company has confirmed that the turbines of the Nord Stream gas pipeline are out of service.

“They saw it and taped it. They put their signatures under the deed. [the turbine] is necessary to repair, it is impossible to operate,” Putin said.