Putin: U.S. acts like ‘Big Brother,’ blackmails world leaders

Putin: U.S. acts like ‘Big Brother,’ blackmails world leaders

[Ed. – So glad we had that reset.  They like us now.  They really like us!]

Vladimir Putin accused the U.S. of behaving like “Big Brother” and blackmailing world leaders, warning there was no guarantee for global security in one of his sharpest-ever swipes at Russia’s Soviet-era adversary.

Blamed by the U.S. and the European Union for fueling the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Putin said the Cold War’s “victors” are dismantling international laws and relations. The U.S. is acting like the “nouveau riche” as global leader, and today’s conflicts risk toppling the world order, he told the annual Valdai Club in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

“The Cold War has ended,” Putin said yesterday. “But it ended without peace being achieved, without clear and transparent agreements on the new rules and standards.” …

Putin, who enjoys near-record approval levels of 85 percent at home, is intensifying his rhetoric in the face of worsening domestic problems, including the flagging economy and broader public frustration “over how history has played out for Russia,” said Joerg Forbrig, senior program officer at theGerman Marshall Fund of the U.S. …

Putin said “global anarchy” will grow without clear mechanisms to resolve crises. The U.S.’s “self-appointed” leadership has brought no good for other nations and a unipolar world amounts to a dictatorship, he told the group of invited foreign and Russian academics and analysts in Sochi. …

Putin also attacked globalization, which he said has “disillusioned” many countries and risks hurting trust in the U.S. and its allies. More nations are trying to escape dependence on the dollar as areserve currency by forming alternative financial systems, according to the Russian leader. …

While Ukraine’s crisis isn’t the prime cause of Russia’s worsening ties with the U.S and its allies, attempts are being made “once again to create the image of an enemy, as during the years of the Cold War” and to divide the world, Putin said. …

The takeover of the Black Sea peninsula followed the ouster of Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovych following violent street protests in Kiev in which more than 100 people, most of them demonstrators, were killed. Putin also for the first time said his government had helped Yanukovych flee to Russia, after which lawmakers in Kiev voted the Ukrainian leader out of power.

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