You have probably heard clips from Vladimir Putin’s speech to the Russian nation on Wednesday. Here is the speech in full.
YouTube is partially censoring it by disabling the “embed” feature that normally allows a video to be shared on sites like this one. However, you can watch the video on YouTube by clicking the Watch on YouTube link.
Putin’s remarks are interesting in a number of ways. First, he explains his rationale for invading Ukraine. I doubt that many Americans will be sympathetic to his reasoning, but it is useful to hear it.
Then Putin puts forth an economic plan that is clearly a response to western sanctions:
- Expand welfare payments to mothers, children and the unemployed.
- Deregulate the private sector economy to encourage entrepreneurial efforts.
- Pump money into infrastructure spending and other national business development efforts.
I was most struck by Putin’s resolve that the Ukrainian crisis marks an existential break with the West. He seems to be saying, “Good riddance.”