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Russian Security Council 21 July 2023
An interesting and important report.
Some will have read bits and pieces of Putin’s remarks made at yesterday’s Security Council Meeting prior to the discussion of its main business. But all too often important bits get overlooked or edited out for whatever reason, which is why reading the original transcript is always best. Putin makes some rather strong statements, and the fact that this whole session was made public ought to raise eyebrows. Of course, Putin was also busy doing many other things that are of interest, the trip to Murmansk and the meeting with members of government disclose other important information those curious can translate for themselves. And now for Putin’s remarks:
Vladimir Putin: Hello, dear colleagues!
We have several questions today, one of them is the development of relations with our friends on the African continent, and the Russia – Africa summit will soon be held in Russia. And the issue related to such an important area as the use of information technologies, of course, in relation to ensuring the country's security.
But first I would like to ask if anyone has any current questions? Yes, please, Sergey Yevgenyevich.
Sergey Naryshkin: Mr President, colleagues!
According to information coming to the service from several sources, official Warsaw is gradually coming to the realization that no Western assistance to Kiev is capable of supporting Ukraine in the goals that were laid down in this assistance. Moreover, it is becoming clear that the question of Ukraine's defeat is only a matter of time.
In this regard, the Polish leadership is increasingly determined to maintain control in the western territories of Ukraine, in the western regions, by deploying its troops there. Such a step, as one of the options, is planned to be formalized as the fulfillment of allied obligations under the Polish-Lithuanian – Ukrainian security initiative-the so-called Lublin Triangle.
We see that there are plans to significantly increase the size of the combined-arms Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade, which operates under the auspices of the so-called Lublin Triangle.
It seems to us that these rather dangerous plans of the Polish leadership should be closely monitored.
Vladimir Putin: Yes. This is what Sergey Yevgenyevich has just said, and we should go into more detail about it. This information has already appeared in the European, in particular in the French, press.
I think that in this connection it would be appropriate to recall some lessons of the history of the twentieth century.
Today, it is obvious that the Western curators of the Kiev regime are clearly disappointed with the results of the so-called counteroffensive, which the current Ukrainian authorities have loudly announced in previous months. There are no results – at least not yet. Neither the enormous resources that were "pumped" into the Kiev regime, nor the supply of Western weapons: tanks, artillery, armored vehicles, missiles, nor the deployment of thousands of foreign mercenaries and advisers, which were most actively used in attempts to break through the front of our army, help.
At the same time, the command of the special military operation acts professionally. Our soldiers and officers, units and formations perform their duty to the Motherland courageously, bravely, heroically. At the same time, the whole world sees that the vaunted Western, supposedly invulnerable equipment is on fire, and in terms of its tactical and technical data, it is often even inferior to some Soviet-made weapons.
Yes, of course, Western weapons can still be additionally delivered and thrown into battle. This, of course, causes us some damage and delays the conflict. But first, NATO arsenals and stocks of old Soviet weapons in some States have already been largely emptied. And secondly, the existing production facilities in the West do not allow us to quickly replenish the reserves of equipment and ammunition. Additional resources and time are needed.
And most importantly, as a result of suicidal attacks, the AFU formations suffered huge losses. These are tens of thousands, precisely tens of thousands of people.
And, despite the constant raids, incessant waves of total mobilization in the cities and villages of Ukraine, it is increasingly difficult for the current regime to drive new recruits to the front. The country's mobilization resource is being depleted.
People in Ukraine increasingly have a question, a legitimate question: for what, for whose selfish interests are their relatives and friends dying? Gradually, slowly, but sobering up comes.
We see that public opinion is also changing in Europe. Both Europeans and representatives of European elites see that the so-called support for Ukraine is, in fact, a dead end, an empty endless waste of money and effort, and in fact – serving someone else's, far from European interests: the interests of the transatlantic global hegemon, which benefits from the weakening of Europe. The endless prolongation of the Ukrainian conflict is also beneficial to him.
Judging by what happens in real life, today's ruling elites in the United States do just that. In any case, in this logic they work. Whether such a policy is in line with the true, fundamental interests of the American people is a big question, a rhetorical question, of course, and let them decide for themselves.
However, now the fire of war is being strenuously kindled. In particular, they use the ambitions of the leaders of some Eastern European states, which have long turned hatred of Russia and Russophobia into their main export product and an instrument of their domestic policy. And now they want to warm their hands on the Ukrainian tragedy.
In this regard, I can't help but comment on what has just been said: and the reports that have appeared in the press about plans to create a so-called Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian connection. That is, we are not talking about some gathering of mercenaries – there are enough of them there, and they are being destroyed - but rather about a regular, assembled, equipped military unit that is planned to be used for operations on the territory of Ukraine. Including for supposedly ensuring the security of modern Western Ukraine, and in fact, if you call a spade a spade, for the subsequent occupation of these territories. After all, the prospect is obvious: if Polish units enter, for example, Lviv or other territories of Ukraine, they will remain there. And they will remain forever.
And this, by the way, will not be anything new. Let me remind you that after the defeat of Germany and its allies following the results of the First World War, Polish units occupied Lviv and the adjacent lands that then belonged to Austria-Hungary.
Poland, incited by the West, also took advantage of the tragedy of the Russian Civil War and annexed some historical Russian provinces. Our country, which was then in a very difficult situation, was forced to conclude the Riga Treaty in 1921 and actually recognize the rejection of its territories.
And even earlier, in 1920, Poland captured part of Lithuania-the Vilna Region, the territory around modern Vilnius. It seems that together with the Lithuanians they fought against the so-called "Russian imperialism", and as soon as the opportunity turned up, they immediately cut off a piece of land from their neighbors.
Poland also participated in the partition of Czechoslovakia as a result of the Munich agreement with Hitler in 1938. It completely occupied Cieszyn Silesia.
In the 20-30s of the last century, in the so – called Eastern Districts of Poland – and this is the territory of Western Ukraine, Western Belarus, and part of Lithuania-severe Polonization and assimilation of local residents was carried out, national cultures and Orthodoxy were suppressed.
I would also like to remind you of the outcome of such an aggressive policy for Poland. It ended with the national tragedy of 1939, when Poland was abandoned by the Western Allies to the German war machine and actually lost its independence and statehood, which was restored to a large extent thanks to the Soviet Union. And it was thanks to the Soviet Union, thanks to Stalin's position, that Poland gained significant land in the West, German land. This is exactly so: the western territories of present – day Poland are Stalin's gift to the Poles.
Have our friends in Warsaw forgotten about it? We will remind you.
Today we see that the regime in Kiev is ready to do anything to save its corrupt skin and prolong its existence. They don't care about the people of Ukraine, its sovereignty and national interests.
They will sell everything: people and land. So, by the way, did their ideological predecessors, the Petliurists, who in 1920 concluded the so-called secret conventions with Poland, according to which, in exchange for military support, they gave Poland the lands of Galicia and Western Volhynia. Such traitors are still ready to open the gates for foreign owners and once again sell Ukraine.
As for the Polish leaders, they probably expect to form a kind of coalition under the NATO umbrella and directly intervene in the conflict in Ukraine, then to tear off a fatter piece for themselves, to regain, as they believe, their historical territories – today's Western Ukraine. It is well known that they also dream of Belarusian lands.
As for the policy of the Ukrainian regime, this is its business. They want, as is customary with traitors, to hand over something, sell something, pay off their owners with something – this, I repeat, is ultimately their business. We will not interfere in this.
But as for Belarus, it is part of the Union State, and unleashing aggression against Belarus will mean aggression against the Russian Federation. We will respond to this with all the means at our disposal.
The Polish authorities, hatching their revanchist plans, also do not tell the truth to their people. And the truth is that the Ukrainian" cannon fodder " is clearly not enough for the West, not enough. Therefore, they plan to use a new consumable material: the Poles themselves, Lithuanians and further down the list – all those who are not sorry.
I will say one thing: this is a very dangerous game, and the authors of such plans should think about the consequences.
Sergey Yevgenyevich, I hope that your service, as well as our other special services, will closely follow the development of events.
Now let's get down to our main questions. [My Emphasis]
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