False alarm: Putin’s ‘emergency speech’ abruptly cancelled?

posted at 1:21 pm on August 7, 2014 by Noah Rothman

As Russian forces are amassing along the Ukrainian border, strict anti-Western counter-sanctions are being imposed by Moscow, and NATO is warning that an invasion of Ukraine may be imminent, Russian President Vladimir Putin picked a particularly disturbing time to schedule an “emergency speech.”

That is, however, exactly what he did, according to some rather specific reports. Via the Eurasia analysts at Interpreter Magazine, a report circulated by local Russian officials on Thursday indicated that Putin planned to make an “emergency speech” about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

“Today an emergency speech by President Vladimir Putin is expected at 20:30 on Rossiya,” one local Russian official tweeted. “Notices have been sent to all affiliates of [the television and radio company] VGTRK.”

That tweet was later deleted, but Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Svoboda Radio later confirmed that a speech by Putin was expected this evening.

“Sources believe that the president’s speech will be related to a decree on retaliatory measures regarding the West, under which the import of products from countries that have applied sanctions regarding Russia will be restricted; there is not yet any specific information about the address from the head of state,” Svoboda reported.

Kremlin officials later denied that Putin planned to address the nation on Thursday evening.

“Putin’s speech may be cancelled. It may be delayed. It may happen just as the original story suggests,” Interpreter Magazine’s analysis read. “We find it hard to believe that it was never planned, since the information released was so specific. This all means that there may be a speech in the works, and perhaps the speech is supposed to come as a surprise?”

In response to the imposition of new sectorial sanctions on Russia in July, the Russian Federation imposed a number of restrictions on the import of a variety of foods from the European Union, Norway, Australia, Canada, and the United States for at least one year.

It is possible that Putin might have planned to address these sanctions, which analysts believe will not be welcomed by most of the Russian urban populace. Other reports have indicated that it would not have been in Putin’s best interests to call a national address to prepare the nation for sanctions that will primarily impact Russians living in large cities.

“At the same time, the import bans will have a limited impact on the bulk of Russia’s population, which relies mainly on domestic foods and imports from other former Soviet countries,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Wealthier urbanites, who depend more on Western imports, aren’t a central part of Mr. Putin’s political base.”

That would indicate that Putin’s intention to make an “emergency address” to the nation would have had far more ominous implications for global stability.


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“Massing” not “amassing.”

notropis on August 7, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Hmmmmm…

JohnGalt23 on August 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Plus this

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

When President Putin speaks, people listen.

When obama speaks, people turn away.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Toilet Paper shortage coming to Russia shortly.

RickB on August 7, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Da, they can…because the world respects the USA so much more under obama.

In case you missed it, Putin extended Snowdan’s stay in Russia for…3 more years, as of Aug. 1, when it would have expired.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 1:31 PM

LilliPutin is the luckiest bastard in the world.

He rules in the age of eunuch obama.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

LOL.

‘Russian students beam “racist” laser show depicting Obama eating a banana on the side of US embassy in Moscow on President’s birthday’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2718863/Russian-students-beam-racist-laser-depicting-President-Obama-eating-banana-US-embassy-Moscow-American-leader-s-birthday.html

obama is the laughing stock of the world.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I wonder if Putin golfs.

faraway on August 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

LilliPutin is the luckiest bastard in the world.

He rules in the age of eunuch obama.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Yes, he is. Us, not so much.

31giddyup on August 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Toilet Paper shortage coming to Russia shortly.

RickB on August 7, 2014 at 1:31 PM

They might have to reopen some of the old Russian sandpaper factories. That stuff was dual-purpose.

RBMN on August 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Hmmmm….

Maybe Putin is taking a call from Merkel…

workingclass artist on August 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM

obama is the laughing stock of the world.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM

It’s utterly schadenfreudig that the US is the laughing stock of the world. The majority brung and kept this oaf, to be chief.

How can anyone sane not laugh at such stupid people?

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM

If I were the Ukrainians living anywhere close to the border I’d be packing the family truckster and heading North/West PDQ!

D-fusit on August 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

I wonder if Putin golfs.

faraway on August 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Putin golfs, using the femurs of vanquished opponents for clubs…

JohnGalt23 on August 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Putin golfs, using the femurs of vanquished opponents for clubs…

JohnGalt23 on August 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

OK, I laughed at that.

faraway on August 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Vlad: “You know what? I’m bored…..”

Ivan: “Me too….hey….lets have some fun….”

Vlad: “How?”

Ivan: “Lets announce an emergency speech, and then cancel it. The Yanks will go nuts, and your favorite jug-eared coward might even say something about it”

BobMbx on August 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Putin has already invaded Ukraine. He has Crimea…

ConstantineXI on August 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

obama is the laughing stock of the world.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM

It is pretty funny. And deserved.

BobMbx on August 7, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I believed after the shootdown of the Malaysian aircraft that Putin would soon take advantage militarily. I believed he would justify it by saying the situation was too unstable there, and (supposed) Russian citizens would need protection. Protection from the Ukranian military and (wink) the “bad, out-of-control” separatists.

rlwo2008 on August 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Putin has already invaded Ukraine. He has Crimea…

ConstantineXI on August 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Stop with the logic. :)

faraway on August 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Maybe he will announce that he found OBL’s body and is going to show pictures of it. That would get people all wee-weed up.

faraway on August 7, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Maybe he will announce that he found OBL’s body and is going to show pictures of it. That would get people all wee-weed up.

faraway on August 7, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Driving a cab in Detroit, most likely.

BobMbx on August 7, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I was watching a few minutes of War Games last night on AMC.

Oil Can on August 7, 2014 at 2:02 PM

“The liberation of Ukraine has begun! March with us into glory as we reform the glorious Russian Empire!”

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Putin has already invaded Ukraine. He has Crimea…

ConstantineXI on August 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Stop with the logic. :)

faraway on August 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM

If Putin decides this is an existential for Russia…..

workingclass artist on August 7, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Bad: Islamic State’s New Magazine Warns “It’s Either The Islamic State Or The Flood” – Worse: They Have Retaken Control Of Iraq’s Largest Dam…

Resist We Much on August 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

I hate reading those magazines. 90% of it is ads for scimitars and arranged marriages.

dreadnought62 on August 7, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I vuld like to hef seen Montennna.

The Schaef on August 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

What a way to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. One hundred years ago, the Russian army was preparing to attack East Prussia. A hundred years later it is poised to strike at Ukraine. This time there is no Hindenburg to counter Czar Vladimir. Maybe Obama can issue an Executive Order against Putin?

Krupnikas on August 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Did Tojo address Japan on 12/6/41?

Did FDR go on TV when the market crashed?

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

(sorry…)

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 3:07 PM

If Romney was President the world would be entirely different.

What a difference one election makes in the lives of millions and millions of people.

I hate Putin. But I don’t distrust the words he says. I believe he will do what he thinks is in Russia’s best interests (his own power over it) and never question himself.

But nothing Obama says matters. Not one word has any relationship to the world we live in. And yet we suffer from what ever he does on what ever whim he allows to rule this day. His words don’t have meaning but his actions do harm. Everyday.

I don’t think the citizens of the US have ever been in such a completely powerless position.

We can’t effect what Obama does with public opinion because the drivers of public opinion still cover up every true thing. I have no idea why they still support him.

petunia on August 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

How the world has shifted in six years. It’s astonishing and sad to behold.

Obama speaks and the world yawns… except those with hands outstretched for a check …or a free pass to enter or remain in our nation preying on our resources and communities.

Putin only hints he may speak… and the whole world listens.

When people speak of wasted opportunity, of squandered political capital, Barack Obama’s name should define that conversation.

thatsafactjack on August 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Translation – Obama blinked.

Skywise on August 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM

We can’t effect what Obama does with public opinion because the drivers of public opinion still cover up every true thing. I have no idea why they still support him.

petunia on August 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Because it’s really, really hard to admit you’ve been a damn fool.

Laura Castellano on August 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Chain, jerked, etc.

Akzed on August 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Russia can import food from South Africa instead of Europe. They’ve already weened themselves off our chicken to making up only 7% of our poultry exports.

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Plus, BRICS.

Akzed on August 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Slava!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

When obama speaks, people turn away.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Or laugh.

Or yawn.

One of those three.

Of course, if they are an ignorant Obama worshiper, they faint.

Sterling Holobyte on August 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM