As I documented in my Putin expose, the ex-KGB man and billionaire oligarch was initially onside with much of the Western-led ‘war on terror’ and propelled its propaganda from his pulpit in the Kremlin.
Here is a BBC article titled “Russia stands by West in war on terror” dated Oct. 3, 2001, which documents Putin’s vocal support of US actions taken immediately after the false-flag attacks of 9/11, and quotes him saying he requires “no proof” that Osama bin Laden was involved in 9/11. Yes, much like the non-existent proof of Chechen involvement in those curious apartment bombings in 1999 which facilitated directly Putin’s seizure of power in Russia.
President Putin has said Russia “needs no proof of the guilt of Bin Laden” in the 11 September attacks on New York and Washington.
Speaking on a visit to Belgium, Mr Putin voiced his strongest support yet for the American-led coalition against terrorism.
He said the fight against terrorism would only be effective “if we unite the efforts of the entire international community”.
Mr Putin said Russia was ready to work closely with the West by “profoundly” changing its relations with Nato and the European Union’s military bodies.
The Russian leader compared international terrorism to a bacteria, which, he said, “adapts to the organism bearing it”.
No proof needed
Mr Putin, who is in Brussels for meetings with European Union and Nato leaders, told reporters: “For us it is already clear. The only thing we do not know is the exact role he (Bin Laden) played (in the terror attacks on America).
The Russian president criticised Saudi Arabia for refusing to let the US launch attacks against Afghanistan from bases on its territory.
“It’s not a question of soldiers preparing strikes against Muslims but rather of soldiers preparing strikes against terrorists,” he said.
After meeting the Belgian Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt, Mr Putin said he wanted to see closer military co-operation with Nato and the EU.
“We are ready to strengthen our co-operation with Nato and European military structures, to give a new quality to our relationship,” he said.
The BBC’s Janet Barrie in Brussels says the EU and Washington are hoping in particular for close co-operation with Russian intelligence agencies.
On Wednesday, Mr Putin will meet Nato Secretary-General Lord Robertson.
As well as military ties, economic co-operation will also feature strongly at the talks, which were planned before the attacks on New York and Washington.
This visit by Mr Putin could be the first step towards genuine closer co-operation between Russia and the West.
A desire for this has been the clear message coming from Moscow since the attacks on the US last month.
The international situation – and Russia’s determination to be seen to be on the side of the US-led alliance – dictates that the fight against terrorism is the first item on the agenda of the summit.
The European side is hoping for better communications with Russian intelligence authorities and is offering to help with border security and the fight against the illegal arms trade.
BBC Europe correspondent Justin Webb says President Putin is likely to try to persuade EU leaders that they, in turn, must be more willing to accept that Russia needs the freedom to take what actions it deems necessary in its ongoing battle against rebels in Chechnya.
Although the European Commission has said that nothing has changed in its view of the Chechnya issue, last week German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said the Chechen conflict might have to be re-evaluated in the light of what had happened in America.
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And then this CNN article from 2004 (which I posted on NAM before), titled “Putin: Russia warned U.S. of Iraq terror,” wherein Putin trumpets US neocon talking points about Saddam Hussein’s links to “terrorism.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country warned the United States several times that Saddam Hussein’s regime was planning terror attacks on the United States and its overseas interests.
Putin’s comments in Kazakhstan came amid a new debate in the United States about the extent of ties between Saddam and the al Qaeda terrorist network triggered by a preliminary report from the commission investigating the September 11 attacks.
“I can confirm that after the events of September 11, 2001, and up to the military operation in Iraq, Russian special services and Russian intelligence several times received … information that official organs of Saddam’s regime were preparing terrorist acts on the territory of the United States and beyond its borders, at U.S. military and civilian locations,” Putin said.
The Russian leader did not elaborate on any details of the warnings of terror plots or mention whether they were tied to the al Qaeda terror network.
Putin, one of the strongest critics of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, also said Russia had no information that Saddam’s regime had actually committed any terrorist acts.
The United States never cited Russian intelligence when it was making its case for the war and Putin said the information did not change his country’s opposition to the war. (Full story)
On Wednesday, the September 11 commission released a staff report that said it found “no credible evidence that Iraq and al Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States.”
The commission also said that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden did “explore possible cooperation with Iraq,” but said the contacts did not appear to have led to a “collaborative relationship”
Both the Bush administration and members of the 9/11 commission have dismissed the suggestion that the report contradicts the White House’s position that Saddam’s regime had ties with al Qaeda.
Hours after Putin spoke, Bush addressed troops in a lengthy speech at Fort Lewis in Washington state but didn’t react to the Russian leader’s remarks.
He repeated his position that Saddam’s regime was a threat to the world and the dangers it posed were the grounds for the invasion last year.
“This is a regime which gave cash rewards to families of suicide bombers. This is a regime that sheltered terrorist groups,” Bush said.
He also cited Musab Abu al-Zarqawi, the wanted insurgent in Iraq suspected of many terror bombings in Iraq, as an “al Qaeda associate.” Zarqawi is a key suspect in the Baghdad car bombing Thursday that killed 35 people.
Bush told reporters Thursday that the administration never said that “the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated” between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. “We did say there were numerous contacts between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda,” he said.
“The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda, because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda,” Bush said. (Full story)
Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday the evidence of that relationship was “overwhelming.”
“There clearly was a relationship. It’s been testified to. The evidence is overwhelming,” Cheney said in an interview with CNBC’s Capitol Report. “It goes back to the early 90s. It involves a whole series of contacts, high-level contacts with Osama bin Laden and Iraqi intelligence officials.”
Cheney told CNBC that cooperation included a brigadier general in the Iraqi intelligence service going to Sudan, where bin Laden was based prior to moving his operations to Afghanistan, to train al Qaeda members in bomb-making and document forgery. (Full story)
Commission chairman Thomas Kean, the former Republican governor of New Jersey, downplayed any conflict at a news conference following Thursday’s hearings.
“What we have found is, Were there contacts between al Qaeda and Iraq? Yes. Some of them were shadowy but they were there,” Kean said.
Vice-chairman Lee Hamilton, a Democrat, said that the reported differences “are not that apparent to me.”
Commission member James Thompson told CNN on Friday that the controversy was “a little mystifying.”
“We said that there is no evidence to support the notion that al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein collaborated to produce 9/11,” the former Illinois governor said. “President Bush said that weeks ago, he said it again yesterday. Vice President Cheney said it again yesterday.”
He said that the report agreed with the administration’s position that there were contacts between Iraq and al Qaeda.
“They may be in possession of information about contacts beyond those that we found.” Thompson said. “I don’t know, that wasn’t any of our business. Our business was 9/11.”
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Another CNN article reiterated Putin’s remarks to the effect that Russia “warned” the US about the “danger” posed by Saddam Hussein.
Putin has since decried suggestions that 9/11 was an inside job as “impossible” and “nonsense.” Strangely Russia Today scrubbed the original link to this article on their website, which now redirects to some inane story about a Russian female pilot. RT and the Russian government, like their Pravda/Soviet predecessors, are clearly trying to erase Putin’s dubious past remarks in relation to 9/11 and the ‘war on terror,’ just as much of today’s ‘truther’ community and ‘anti-imperialist’ crowd seek to whitewash Putin’s dirty track record in the service of the false dialectical Russia-Saviour narrative.
9/11 is not the only historical event that Russia and Putin are averse to revising. Under Putin’s mandate, Russia recently outlawed Holocaust revisionism, or “Nazi apologism” as they call it, which carries a maximum jail sentence of five years along with hefty fines, just like in Germany under the Stasi-creature Angela Merkel. This coming from a regime that actively promotes Communist-Stalinist apologia.
Also check out redefininggod.com’s take on Putin and his dialectical role in “ushering in the new world order.” Essentially the author argues that Putin is deliberately being set up as the “good guy” who will take down the “out of control” Western powers and usher in some glorious “multi-polar” world and we’ll all live happily ever after. The author contends that the Eastern powers are purposely being built up by the globalists as they shift their power base from the failing economies of the West to the emerging “economic powerhouse” East. Putin’s close friendship with NWO luminaries Henry Kissinger, Nicolas Sarkozy and the perverted convicted criminal Silvio Berlusconi should evoke at least some suspicion among the diehard Putin lovers in the ‘truth’ community.