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Putin made a famous speech in Munich in 2007, where he offended his German hosts. Now they agree with him. He was just a little ahead of his time.

This is a fascinating interview series with Putin which ran recently on Russian television.

The 20 Questions with Vladimir Putin project is an interview with the President of Russia on the most topical subjects of social and political life in Russia and the world. The first part of the interview is about the tasks of the new Russian government. Putin talks in an interview with TASS about Germany, USA, and His Munich Speech.


In fact, in geopolitical terms, Europe from Lisbon to Vladivostok does not exist anymore.

But it never existed. ‘Anymore!’

You’re talking now about something which never existed as if it is something we have lost.

Back in the day, de Gaulle spoke about a Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals.

Then I extended that idea a little, and started saying: why to the Urals, why not to the Pacific, to the Far East?

But I think we should aim for it.

Was your Munich speech an overreaction?

Not at all. Now they repeat everything I said. For example, the German leaders.

They almost repeat it word for word…

They were mad at me at the time, angry with me, they said, why did you do that?

They took offense.

No. Got angry because, well, it was a bit rude, at the wrong time; ‘why would you do that’.

And what did I say?

I said that it is inadmissible that one country, the US, extends its jurisdiction beyond its national borders.

Today, say, the German leadership says exactly that, that it is inadmissible

that the United States imposes secondary sanctions, i.e. on companies, that have no relation to the United States,

trying to prevent them from pursuing their national interests.

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