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Putin pledges to protect the interests of Russian nationals residing abroad

December 19, 2013, 16:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday pledged to defend the interests of its citizens residing abroad without “rattling a saber”.

The president said that Russia was concerned with the position of his fellow-countrymen in some EU countries, including the Baltic States, which still had a category of “non-residents” or people deprived of rights and freedoms.

“This is something our esteemed colleagues from the European Union can tolerate. They even consider this situation to be normal,” Putin stressed.

He added that Russia considered the situation to be abnormal and pledged to continue fighting for the equal rights of Russian-speakers in the Baltic States.

“It is true of all countries but it does not mean that we are going to rattle a saber and send our troops to those states. This is nonsense. Nothing of the kind will ever happen,” Putin emphasized.

President Putin called for the protection of traditional Russian values.

“I would not say that criticizing Western values is important for me. It is much more important to protect our people from some quasi values, which our citizens and our population find it hard to perceive,” Putin said.

“The question is not in criticizing someone. What we need is to protect ourselves from a rather aggressive behavior on the part of some social groups, which do not just live as they want but aggressively impose their views on other people who live in other countries,” the Russian head of state said.

Putin believes that more attention should be paid to traditional Russian values.

He recalled that the Soviet Union used to have quasi religious values. He gave the Moral Code of the Builder of Communism as an example.

Putin called the Code to be a sad copy of the Bible written in a primitive language and wickedly abbreviated. He believed that traditional Russian values could replace the Moral Code of the Builder of Communism which had ceased to exist.

“Society is going to degrade without these values,” Putin said, urging Russians to return to these traditional values and move forward on their basis.

The president referred to philosopher Nikolai Berdyayev who used to say, although his approach is conservative, that traditional values would not hinder society’s movement up and forward but would prevent it from rolling back and down.

“We can feel confident, progress and develop only if we look into the future and rest on our traditions and culture,” Putin said.

The president also said that he felt sorry for the participants of the Pussy Riot female punk group. “Not because they are in prison but because they took part in a disgraceful action, which humiliates the dignity of any woman,” the president stressed.

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