Putin 'Lives in His Own World,' Says US State Secretary

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Bulgaria: Putin 'Lives in His Own World,' Says US State Secretary Us State Secretary John Kerry. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Russia's President Vladimir Putin "is creating his own reality, and his sort of world", the US State Secretary John Kerry said late on Monday.

His words, which he addressed in an interview for the Wall Street Journal, come in the midst of rhetoric reinforcement from both the West and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis.

Kerry also holds that Putin is "divorced from a lot of what's real on the ground for all those people, including people in his own country".

Commenting on fresh US sanctions announced earlier against Russia, the US State Secretary said his country was "inches away" from adopting measures that comprise penalties on whole sectors of Russia's economy like energy, finance, or defense.

Current measures involve only restrictions, such as asset freezing, on individuals or single companies.

He claimed Russia was already being affected by Western sanctions, which were "biting at the top end of the Russian economic and political power structure".

Describing the Ukraine crisis as an "obviously very personally driven" event "uniquely inappropriate to 21st century leadership", Kerry stressed it was "an amazing display of a kind of personal reaction to something that just doesn't fit into the lessons learned for the last 60 years or 70 years".

Russia's rhetoric on the developments in Ukraine, on the other hand, has not been any softer recently.

Sergei Ryabkov, the country's Deputy Foreign Minister, was quoted by ITAR-TASS as saying that "Iron Curtain"-style measures were had been adopted by the US, as he was referring to Washington's latest sanctions.

He added that the EU was "under Washington's thumb" on that issue.

Unrest meanwhile continues in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists seized a government headquarters building in Luhansk.

Rebels in towns and cities across the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk demand that a referendum be held as to whether their territories should join Russia, as the Crimean peninsula did after a local poll on March 16.

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George Zheliazkov - 30 Apr 2014 // 01:13:51

Puffer, too much puffing, cut the pot, You are delusional....
Hamilton's GDP is around $100billion just about the Bulgarian annual GDP. It's a great city for investments, the best Canadian city!
The Canadian New Jersey if Toronto is considered to be the New York of Canada.
Yes Russia is and will change to an influential and attractive world player. And make no mistake that the FSB is reading each and every word you say. BTW you sound a lot like a female...,


Puffer - 29 Apr 2014 // 20:39:33

George, we all know that life in North America can be lonely - especially when you live in a third rate suburb called Hamilton that most Ontarians haven't even heard of, your life can get to the point when everything seems pointless. Reading things from far away and opining nonsense makes your situation even worse.

Dreaming and having paranoid delusions ("I’m sure that FSB is reading, so please consider the further health, presence and influence of the federation") doesn't lead you anywhere George.

Living in that cave called Hamilton has led to an obvious case of insanity for you George. Statements like "Russia should be the world leader of peace, humanity, compassion, kindness and generosity representing all Slavic cultures" clearly show you need help George, and i'm talking about strong anti-psychotic pills not just counseling.

Please find the link of Hamilton psychiatrists that can help you George: http:w_w_w.hamiltonforpsychos.ca.

We should inform your boss at the King Street 7-Eleven, Rajiv, that you are no longer in condition to work at the store. You have officially lost your marbles my dear George.

George Zheliazkov - 29 Apr 2014 // 19:58:59

“Russia's President Vladimir Putin "is creating his own reality, and his sort of world",”

Kerry aren’t you all living in your own worlds? The US is in record level debts and so many other troubles and you are out there spreading wisdom…. Stick to your parts of the world please.
Sure I agree with the freedom of speech and you are entitled to your opinion but then again this in my opinion is strictly a European issue.
Speaking of opinions let me share some more of mine.

What I thing here is that this is a gigantic embarrassment for Ukraine, Russia and Europe. Everything here is wrong and the fact that the relationships between two Slavic nations have escalated to some levels of violence should make the leaders of those countries realize that all of this should stop immediately.

A negative and divisive history is being developing which will hurt and stain for decades many further generations!

Russia and Putin should realize that the only proper outcome from this crisis is the peaceful and positive solution to all issues. It’s NOT going to work with force, violence and hostilities.
Putin should understand that Ukraine and Russia are so related that in many ways they are like a family and you can’t keep a family in a good relationship by force, power and intimidation.

There is only one acceptable role, position and image in my opinion for Russia, which will attract talent, growth and prosperity. This role should be the GOOD, and NOBEL one. Russia should be the world leader of peace, humanity, compassion, kindness and generosity representing all Slavic cultures even if Putin’s resignation is needed in order for all of those to be achieved!
(I’m sure that FSB is reading, so please consider the further health, presence and influence of the federation)

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