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Putin at the UN: "Do you at least realize now what you've done?"

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70th session of the UN General Assembly. by Kremlin

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On September 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a speech at the United Nations General Assembly. The event was to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the creation of the organization. Putin reminded that the decision to create the United Nations was made in his country in 1945, at the Yalta Conference, by the leaders of the anti-Hitler coalition, and that the goal of the United Nations was to secure lasting peace, and not to repeat the mistakes of the previous century.

Post Cold War order

The collapse of the Soviet Union did not result in peaceful world, instead: "We all know that after the end of the Cold War the world was left with one center of dominance, and those who found themselves at the top of the pyramid were tempted to think that, since they are so powerful and exceptional, they know best what needs to be done and thus they don't need to reckon with the UN, which, instead of rubber-stamping the decisions they need, often stands in their way," said Russian President.

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The significance of the United Nations

Putin characterized an attempt by some countries "to undermine the legitimacy of the United Nations as extremely dangerous," and "may result in the collapse of the entire architecture of international relations, and then indeed there will be no rules left except for the rule of force. The world will be dominated by selfishness rather than collective effort, by dictate rather than equality and liberty, and instead of truly independent states we will have protectorates controlled from outside."

The mistakes of the Soviet Union and new "social experiments" of "color revolutions"

Putin warned against trying to impose the same form of government on all countries:

"We are all different, and we should respect that. Nations shouldn't be forced to all conform to the same development model that somebody has declared the only appropriate one."

Putin reminded about the mistakes of the Soviet Union:

"we remember examples from our Soviet past, when the Soviet Union exported social experiments, pushing for changes in other countries for ideological reasons, and this often led to tragic consequences and caused degradation instead of progress."

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Then he called attention to the present day "experiments":

"instead of learning from other people's mistakes, some prefer to repeat them and continue to export revolutions, only now these are "democratic" revolutions."

Putin's harshest critique was about the consequences of these revolutions:

"Instead of bringing about reforms, aggressive intervention rashly destroyed government institutions and the local way of life. Instead of democracy and progress, there is now violence, poverty, social disasters and total disregard for human rights, including even the right to life.

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Angela Borozna is Ph.D candidate in political science, writing dissertation on Russian foreign policy.

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