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Putin says decisions on Crimea were well-gauged and are bound to be successful

November 23, 2014, 13:36 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“You should possess the skill of gauging all the likely effects. In making decisions you must take into account all possible scenarios in order to rule out the unfavorable ones,” - said Putin
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MOSCOW, November 21. /TASS/. Decisions on the situation around Crimea were well-thought-out and there is no doubt in their success, since “we were right,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an Interview for the TASS special project Top Officials.

“You should possess the skill of gauging all the likely effects. In making decisions you must take into account all possible scenarios in order to rule out the unfavorable ones,” he said. “Reckless moves should be avoided. The cost of a mistake is too high.”

When asked whether all possible effects were looked at when taking decisions on Crimea, the Russian leader answered in the positive. “Yes. It was a strategic decision,” he stressed. 

In reply to a follow-up question if he thought the situation would have a good outcome, the president said, “I believe it will be precisely this way.”

“Because we are stronger. Stronger than everybody. Because we are right. Truth is power. When a Russian feels he is right he is invincible,” Putin said, adding he had no doubts in this particular case.

The Russian president said he had never taken arbitrary decisions that might entail consequences he did not foresee. “And if I cannot see the consequences, I prefer to wait for the time being,” he said. “It’s like overtaking another car on the road: never try unless you are certain.”

“It's those trying to race us who are in the opposite lane now. We keep driving along ours at a steady speed,” Putin said obviously meaning the present-day Russia.

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