Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the West’s disruption of the nuclear family and morality, and its promotion of gender dysphoria as the works of Satan.
In an address recognizing the results of a referendum held by Ukrainians in the Donbas region, in which Ukrainian citizens voted to leave Ukraine and join Russia, the Russian president described how the West has gone astray of “moral norms, religion, and family.”
Let’s answer some very simple questions for ourselves. I now want to return to what I said, I want to address all the citizens of the country – not only to those colleagues who are in the hall – to all the citizens of Russia: do we want to have, here, in our country, in Russia, instead of mom and dad there was “parent number one”, “number two”, “number three” (they were completely crazy already there!)? Do we really want perversions that lead to degradation and extinction to be imposed on children in our schools from the primary grades? To be drummed into them that there are supposedly other genders besides women and men, and to be offered a gender reassignment operation? Do we want all this for our country and our children? For us, all this is unacceptable, we have a different, our own future.
Putin went on to say the West would like to forcefully impose this perversion of values on the rest of the world, thus carrying out the will of Satan.
I repeat, the dictatorship of the Western elites is directed against all societies, including the peoples of the Western countries themselves. This is a challenge for everyone. Such a complete denial of man, the overthrow of faith and traditional values, the suppression of freedom acquires the features of a “reverse religion” – outright Satanism. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ, denouncing the false prophets, says: “By their fruits you will know them.” And these poisonous fruits are already obvious to people – not only in our country, in all countries, including for many people and in the West itself.
The Russian president also issued a message to government officials in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, advising them to respect the results of the referendum and “cease fire.”
I want the Kyiv authorities and their real masters in the West to hear me, so that everyone remembers this: people living in Lugansk and Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozhye become our citizens forever. (Applause.)
We call on the Kyiv regime to immediately cease fire, all hostilities, the war that it unleashed back in 2014, and return to the negotiating table. We are ready for this, it has been said more than once. But we will not discuss the choice of the people in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson, it has been made, Russia will not betray it. (Applause.) And today’s Kyiv authorities should treat this free will of the people with respect, and nothing else. This is the only way to peace.
Elsewhere in his speech Friday, Putin characterized the Nord Stream pipeline explosion as “sabotage”:
But sanctions are not enough for the Anglo-Saxons, they have switched to sabotage – unbelievable, but true – having organized explosions on the international gas pipelines of the Nord Stream, which run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, they have actually begun to destroy the pan-European energy infrastructure. It is clear to everyone who benefits from this. Whoever benefits, he did, of course.
He also took aim at the United States’ past military aggressions, including in Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Vietnam.
The United States is the only country in the world to have used nuclear weapons twice, destroying the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By the way, they set a precedent.
Let me also remind you that the United States, together with the British, turned Dresden, Hamburg, Cologne and many other German cities into ruins without any military necessity during World War II. And this was done defiantly, without any, I repeat, military necessity. There was only one goal: just as in the case of the nuclear bombings in Japan, to intimidate both our country and the whole world.
The United States left a terrible mark on the memory of the peoples of Korea and Vietnam with barbaric “carpet bombing”, the use of napalm and chemical weapons.
Until now, they actually occupy Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and other countries, and at the same time cynically call them equal allies. Listen! I wonder what kind of alliance this is? The whole world knows that the leaders of these countries are being watched, the first persons of these states are being installed listening devices not only in office, but also in residential premises. This is a real shame. A shame both for those who do this and for those who, like slaves, silently and meekly swallow this rudeness.
Despite Putin’s calls for peace, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday submitted an application for “accelerated ascension” into the NATO strategic alliance, further escalating tensions between the two warring nations.
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