Am recitit cu mare atenţie declaraţia de presă a preşedintelui rus Vladimir Putin, făcută la conferinţa de presă din timpul summitului de la Bucureşti. Precum şi răspunsurile sale la întrebările presei. Omul e o forţă veritabilă. Eu cred că, în perspectiva viitoarei vizite la Moscova, diplomaţia noastră ar face bine să ia notiţe. Iar stenograma acestei întâlniri cu presa poate fi un bun punct de plecare.
Vă atrag atenţia asupra câtorva pasaje, nu cele mai importante, dar care mi-au atras atenţia.
QUESTION: Vladimir Vladimirovich, I want to ask a question on behalf of the Romanian press. One often hears about the possible recurrence of the Cold War. Do you think that this is possible?
VLADIMIR PUTIN: No, I think that it is impossible. No one wants that. But there are perhaps some forces who want to muddy the water a little, and to catch some fish in these troubled waters. But among the global players, neither Europe nor the United States nor Russia is interested in turning the clock back. There is no need to. Let me point out that there are no ideological schisms or divisions in Europe today. In the grand scheme of things there is nothing to divide us. If we say that we have some concerns, we would like to be listened to and to resolve together the problems that arise.
Many say that Russia is being unaccommodating. And why should we be accommodating on the issues of threats to our national security? It wasn’t us who withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. And that initiated the slow destruction of the system of international relations in the security sphere built up over the last decade.
They said to us: you suspended the CFE [Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe]. But you didn’t even ratify it! All around the world they know it. Do you know, for example, that the Baltic countries are not party to the Treaty? Do members of the press have an idea of what this means in practice? This means that, according to the old version of the Treaty, all the Baltic states are in the Baltic Military District of the Soviet Union, and that I should appoint district commanders there. But this is nonsense after all. This flies in the face of reality. Russia is the only country that according to the CFE has assumed purely colonial obligations and limited the number of its own troops on its own territory. Moreover, we have assumed such commitments, signed them, ratified them, and our partners have not even deigned to do so.
And they call upon us to continue to unilaterally enforce these agreements, which are supposedly linked to the Istanbul agreements. First, take the text and read it: there is no reference in the CFE Treaty to the Istanbul agreements, there is no legal link. And even if we assume that there is such a link, look at what is written in the Istanbul agreements. It says there that in Georgia we should withdraw from two bases, and agree on two other bases. We withdrew from two, and agreed on the other two from which we are planning to withdraw. We complied in full. With regard to Transdniestria: what does the Treaty say? That we should remove or destroy all heavy weapons on the ground. That is what we did: destroyed on the spot or removed all heavy weapons. This was confirmed by international experts. What else? So come on, folks, let’s try to get along and have a genuine dialogue. Treat us properly and we will respond accordingly. But today I thought that our partners were listening. And there is an interest in either ratifying something that has already been ratified, or coming to some sort of new agreement, or changing something. We have to do something, we have to get to work! But as you know, to do everything unilaterally, to try to put all the blame on one side, that is a dead-end.
Interesant, nu ? În acelaşi timp iată şi felul în care răspunde un politician serios şi de mare forţă unei întrebări complicate.
QUESTION: Mr President, was the issue of Iran raised at the summit? Did you discuss whether there should be pressure put on Iran? Can you tell us anything on this subject?
VLADIMIR PUTIN: If I understand you correctly, we are talking about the Iranian nuclear programme, and of the concerns of some of it neighbours, including the countries of the Persian Gulf. What can I say? Russia has worked very constructively with the international community within the framework of the UN Security Council on the Iranian nuclear issue. At the same time, we fully intend to fulfill our contractual obligations to our Iranian partners with regards to developing their nuclear programmes for peaceful purposes. As you know, this means supplying nuclear fuel. But we are keeping in mind all of the concerns of the international community regarding Iran’s military programmes, and thus far we have worked constructively with all parties to this process, right up until the UN Security Council’s resolution. Here, the important thing is our unity on this issue. We are ready to continue to work in a similar vein. By this I mean ensuring the legitimate interests of Iran in the development of high technology and alleviating the concerns of the international community about non-proliferation.
Sublinierile îmi aparţin. Mai departe. Despre succesorul său:
QUESTION: I want to ask a question, not about NATO, but about your visit today. I am not exactly sure but perhaps this is one of your last visits abroad as President. For eight years my colleagues have followed your statements. You have been an outstanding newsmaker and now we don’t know what the future holds: how will the new man conduct himself? Tell me, do you regret having to distance yourself from being so active in foreign policy, or do you feel relieved at this prospect?
VLADIMIR PUTIN: First of all, I would like to say that, like anyone who goes about his official duties conscientiously and puts a lot of effort into them, I am waiting to see the burden of responsibility shifted from my shoulders to those of the new man. As we say, why not be happy to «have the load lightened», to come to end of a period of service. I believe that I have worked hard and effectively.
Regarding my successor, I can assure you that he is a man with a capacious mind and a brilliant university career. You will find him interesting.
In conclusion I would like to speak to something that you have just raised. During these eight years, difficult years for Russia itself and for relations with our partners, we witnessed the rebirth of Russia as a strong, independent state with its own position. Dialogue has not been easy and remains somewhat difficult.
Aici puteţi găsi textul integral. Care, o repet, merită citit cu maximă atenţie. Veţi observa că niciun cuvânt nu e inutil sau aruncat neatent. Şi cred că nu încape nicio îndoială asupra celui care va conduce, de facto, şi pe mai departe, destinele Rusiei. Iar senzaţia de care nu pot să scap este că avem de a face cu unul din acei oameni politici de excepţie. Puternic, coerent, articulat, lucid, rece, calculat. Iar asta îmi da fiori nu foarte plăcuţi.
Vom mai avea ocazia să discutăm despre asta. Mai notăm şi faptul că, aşa cum am anticipat, la întâlnirea de la Soci a apărut când a trebuit şi Medvedev.