DDOS-Attacks Delays Putin's Speech at SPIEF

DDOS-Attacks Delays Putin's Speech at SPIEF

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The XXV St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which started off the day before, continues its work in the Northern capital of Russia. According to the schedule, speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin is to take place at 2 p.m. on the platform of SPIEF, but it was postponed to 3 p.m. because of cyber attacks on the base of accreditation of the forum.

In fact, it began at 3:40 p.m. “Starting yesterday, very massive DDOS-attacks on the Internet resources and the SPIEF accreditation system began. The attacks were held back yesterday and at night, but today, unfortunately, due to the “intensified DDOS-attacks,” the forum participants' database and the accreditation system and the badge-based admission system were taken out of operation,” said Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.

“There were some minor technical problems. Thank God they were quickly resolved! Thank you to all those who resolved them so quickly,” said RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan, moderator of the forum's plenary session.

Vladimir Putin began his speech at SPIEF by welcoming its participants. He said that the forum was taking place at a “difficult time for the entire global community,” when the economy, markets, and the very principles of the global economic system were “under attack.” According to the Russian President, many of the trade, production, and logistics ties that were previously disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic are now going through “new tests.” Moreover, such key concepts for business as business reputation, inviolability of property, and trust in world currencies have been thoroughly undermined. “[They were] undermined, unfortunately, by our partners in the West,” said Putin. This has been done “deliberately,” for ambitions, and in the name of maintaining outdated geopolitical illusions.

“A year and a half ago, speaking at the Davos Forum, “ said the Russian President, “I once again stressed that the era of unipolar world order is over. I would like to start with this as there is no way to skip it. It ended despite all attempts to preserve it, to mothball it by any means. Change is the natural course of history, because the civilizational diversity of the planet, the richness of cultures is difficult to combine with political, economic and other patterns, patterns that do not work here, patterns that are roughly, non-alternatively imposed from one center.”

Putin believes that “the flaw is embedded in the very idea” according to which there is one, albeit a strong power with a limited circle of states close to it or “admitted” to it. All the rules of business and international relations are interpreted exclusively in the interests of this power when it becomes necessary, as they say, work in one direction, the game becomes one-sided. A world based on such “dogmas” is definitely unstable, said the Russian leader.

“After claiming victory in the Cold War, the United States declared it was the messenger of God on Earth, who has no obligations, but only interests - and these interests are sacrosanct,” said Putin. “It is as if it is unaware that over the past decades powerful new centers have emerged on the earth and their voice is heard ever louder. Each of them is developing its own political systems and social institutions, implements its own models of economic growth, and, of course, has the right to defend them and to ensure national sovereignty.”

Putin emphasized that we are witnessing objective processes and “truly revolutionary, tectonic changes” in geopolitics, global economy, technological sphere, in the entire system of international relations, where the role of dynamic, promising states and regions, whose interests can no longer be ignored, increases significantly.

However, it seems that the ruling elites of some Western countries are just “in illusions,” said the President of the Russian Federation. According to him, they do not want to see the obvious things, and stubbornly “cling to the shadows of the past.” For example, they believe that the West's dominance in global politics and economy is an invariable, permanent value. But Nothing is permanent..

Speaking about our Western “colleagues,” Putin underlined that they are “trapped by their own delusions” about countries outside the so-called “golden billion.” They consider everything else a periphery, their backyard, still treat them as a colony, and the peoples living there consider themselves “second-rate people,” because they consider themselves exceptional.

“If they are exceptional, then everyone else is second-rate,” Putin said ironically. “Hence there is their irrepressible desire to punish and to crush economically those who are out of line, who do not want to blindly obey. Moreover, they rudely and unscrupulously impose their ethics, views on culture and ideas of history, and sometimes question the sovereignty and integrity of states, threatening their existence. It is enough to recall the fate of Yugoslavia and Syria, Libya and Iraq.”

According to the Russian leader, the calculation was clear – to crush the Russian economy by breaking business chains, forcibly withdrawing Western companies from the Russian market, and freezing domestic assets, to hit industry, finance, and “the standard of living of people.”

“It didn't work out,” said Putin. “Russian entrepreneurs and authorities worked together professionally, and citizens showed solidarity and responsibility.”

Putin assured that the “gloomy forecasts” about the prospects of the Russian economy, which were heard back in early spring, have not come true. At the same time, it is clear why this propaganda campaign was hyped, where all these “spells” about the dollar at 200 rubles and about the “collapse” of our economy as a whole, all this was and remains a tool of information war, a factor of psychological impact on the Russian society and domestic business circles, said the President.

“Life has refuted such predictions,” Putin said in conclusion. “However, I would like to emphasize that in order to continue achieving success, we must assess the situation honestly and realistically, be independent in our conclusions, and, of course, believe in our own strength. It is very important. We are strong people and can cope with any challenge. Like our ancestors, we can meet any challenge. The entire millennial history of our country testifies to this.”

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