Putin says don’t butt in our affairs, but he can for others
December 27, 2014 Leave a comment
I’m really wondering if Vladimir Putin [or in French Canada’s press, they call him “Vladimir Poutine”] went to the same school as North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. [I guess Putin was held back a number of years if you go by the difference of age.]
While he hasn’t gone as far as the real hostile threats that Kim Jong Un has uttered, he still has hinted it.
This week, Putin updated the country’s military doctrine where Russia could use nuclear weapons in retaliation to the use of nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, and also in case of aggression involving conventional weapons that “threatens the very existence” of the Russian state.
This came after Ukraine’s parliament dropped the nation’s nonaligned status recently, possibly paving the way for a bid to join NATO in defiance of the Kremlin’s wishes. Putin whined that this isn’t a good thing to do.
Funny. Putin can complain about Ukraine’s decision to change the nation’s nonaligned status [possibly join NATO], but dislikes when the west interferes in Russia’s economy because of the sanctions. He didn’t seem to blame OPEC for dropping the oil prices to almost half of what it was a while ago.
Russia’s main economic output is oil. If OPEC drops prices, Russia has to follow. At last check, Russia owes $185 billion to non-Russian banks and that amount is growing.
Even the KHL, Russia’s professional hockey league, has major problems where some players haven’t been paid [or much] for months and some are dumping the higher salaries [usually foreigners].