In recent times, Alexei Navalny has become the “most famous” Russian opposition figure in the world. After experiencing a “poisoning storm”, he returned to China and was arrested, and finally sentenced to three and a half years.
During this time, many rounds of protests occurred in Russia. During this period, many Western countries have also continued to intervene in this matter, triggering another round of diplomatic disputes with Russia.
According to reports from Sputnik, “Russia Today” (RT) and other media on February 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a meeting with domestic media editors that he would not rule out cutting off foreign Internet when foreign forces take hostile actions against Russia.
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At the same time, he also pointed out that the recent domestic protests around Navalny, a “opposition” person, were just used and manipulated by foreign hostile forces. Putin emphasized that as Russia grows stronger, the policies of these forces to contain Russia are gradually strengthening.
“Once we start to stabilize and stand up again-the containment policy will be introduced immediately.”
Putin warns against foreign internet giants
According to the Russian Sputnik News Agency, due to a series of recent events, there have been discussions in Russia about the need for an “autonomous cyberspace”.
Some people worry that some large US technology companies will control the global cyberspace.
“I don’t want to cut off anything artificially…” Putin responded to this discussion when facing many Russian media editors on the 14th.
He then changed his words: “But when some hostilities are already underway, then I do not rule out this situation, which is unacceptable when launching hostilities against our country.”
Putin said that in fact, Russia also has its own network technology service organizations, such as the Russian Internet giant “Yandex.” In addition, Sberbank’s network technology services are also developing well.
He also promised that the Russian government would not do anything that would artificially cause trouble for its citizens and users for no reason, or would take certain actions simply because they did not like the “bad words” they wrote.
“However, if we find some shameless attacks, we will certainly not fail to respond.” Putin added that when foreign Internet giants really realize this, they may have lost their monopoly on the market by then. control.
According to the Russian Sputnik News Agency, earlier in February of this year, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Security Council Medvedev said that if foreign Internet agencies take “unfriendly actions” against Russia, their network traffic may be reduced.
But he pointed out that this situation is “unlikely to happen.”
Medvedev said at the time: “But, frankly, I don’t see any signs that this (cutting off foreign Internet services) is happening.”
” Foreign forces use the recent situation to contain Russia “
As for what is meant by “hostilities,” Putin also clearly explained in the interview that day.
He believes that some of the recent protests in the country are controlled by hostile forces in Russia.
According to RT reports, Putin said that almost every major economy in the world has fallen into recession due to the impact of the new crown epidemic.
The people of the world are tired and frustrated due to the decline in living standards and economic losses, and the Russian people are no exception.
The hostile forces took advantage of the increasing anger and dissatisfaction of the people, and it was precisely at this time that they used the “opposition” Navalny.
Putin said: “This situation is being used by hostile forces.
They are also trying to use this in our country, and they have indeed used it. Everything is calculated.”
He also believes that an “ambitious” and “power-hungry” person like Navalny is just being fostered and used by foreign powers to destroy and contain Russia’s development.
“We have achieved many successes, which annoys them. This is the reason for the containment policy, including the economic aspect.”
On January 23 and January 31, some people staged unauthorized protests in various cities in Russia. Supporters of Navalny ignored the Russian government’s epidemic prevention warning and demanded that they be released from prison. In addition, during and after the Russian Moscow court trial of the Navalny case on February 2, the local area also held an unauthorized protest rally.
This may be more serious than “cutting off the Internet”
According to the Russian news agency TASS, when it comes to the current development of his country, Putin believes that Russia’s influence in the post-Soviet era is increasing, and “potential opponents” are increasingly annoyed by Russia’s success.
“Once we start to stabilize and stand up again-the containment policy will be introduced immediately.” Putin said that as Russia’s strength gradually increases, the implementation of this containment policy will also increase.
In fact, it is not only Putin who revealed the possibility of trying to “cut off foreign Internet” in the interview on the same day.
In the past few days, due to the existence of Navalny, the diplomatic dispute between Russia and Europe has been going on for some time.
The relationship may also face the danger of being “cut off.”
On the morning of February 12, local time, the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a fragment of an interview with Minister of Foreign Affairs Lavrov.
Lavrov stated that if the European Union imposes sanctions on some Russian industries, Russia is ready to “sever ties” with the European Union. .
In response to this remark, some foreign media believe that this marks a further escalation of tensions in Russia-Europe relations.
Last week, when the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Borelli visited Russia, Russia “face-to-face” announced the expulsion of EU diplomats from Germany, Poland, and Sweden.
Subsequently, the three countries joined forces to “torn a tooth for a tooth” to expel one of their own country Russian diplomat.
Subsequently, the diplomatic dispute between the two sides intensified.
On February 11, local time, four EU diplomats revealed to Reuters that after France and Germany expressed their willingness to take action, the EU may impose a travel ban and asset freeze on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s allies, which may be implemented as early as this month.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zakharova also issued warnings to the European Union on the 11th.
She warned the European Union not to impose sanctions on Russia at the press conference that day, otherwise Russia will fight back.
In addition, after the arrest of Navalny, people including U.S. Secretary of State Blincoln and U.S. National Security Adviser Sullivan also accused the Russian government of “violating human rights” and demanded the release of Navalny.
In response, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zakharova not only responded to these U.S. officials on Twitter, saying: “Respect international law, don’t interfere in the domestic laws of sovereign countries, and worry about your domestic problems.” After that, she was still in February.
It was stated on the 3rd that the actions of some Western politicians not only interfered in the internal affairs of sovereign countries, but also exposed the ugly faces of Western countries collectively trying to contain Russia.