Has the West heard the “Valdai” message of Vladimir Putin? What can be done if the elites cannot and the people do not want to live in the old way? And why there are so many strategists, and no strategy? These and other questions were discussed by Leonid Grigoriev, Chief Advisor to the Head of the Analytical Center, and other experts at Vladimir Soloviev’s Sunday Night TV show on Russia-1.
Despite all political tension, we are optimistic about future
"The first embargo was introduced against Russia back in 1481, under Ivan III, when Poland and Sweden banned their exports of metals to Russia, while we had no silver, copper, or lead deposits at that time,” Mr. Grigoriev said.
The expert called the Valdai Discussion Club "an interesting place" and a "great oceanarium of political scientists” that attracts outstanding political experts from around the world. "They are all interesting people to measure evolution with. In 2014, when the world faced this crisis, experts who came to Valdai were all gloomy, as if at a funeral, and they all would tell us: why defy the entire world? Last year, everything was just as bad, but this year things are good and calm, and businesslike,” Mr. Grigoriev said. “Analysts said that we need to support science, produce all we need within the country, and stop importing things.” Despite all the political tensions, we are optimistic about our future. There is place for optimism even in such hard times, he emphasized.
Mr. Grigoriev reminded that in his speech at the Valdai Club’s meeting, the Russian President reiterated some important points: first, we do not need conflicts, and, second, the West should admit that they have failed in Syria, and that now they have to handle this issue together with Russia. "Will we communicate this message to the public? Has this been reflected by global media? It is clear that the political community has seized the idea, but Western media have not, and this is a major issue. The situation with the information war is such that we need to get through that curtain of Western media and talk to the world," said Grigoriev.