Title: Address by President Vladimir Putin (continue 3)

Date

2004-09-05

Counter

640

It will take many years and billions of roubles to create
new, modern and genuinely protected borders.
But even so, we could have been more effective if we
had acted professionally and at the right moment.
In general, we need to admit that we did not fully
understand the complexity and the dangers of the
processes at work in our own country and in the world.
In any case, we proved unable to react adequately. We
showed ourselves to be weak. And the weak get beaten.
Some would like to tear from us a “juicy piece of pie?
Others help them. They help, reasoning that Russia still
remains one of the world’s major nuclear powers, and
as such still represents a threat to them. And so they
reason that this threat should be removed.
Terrorism, of course, is just an instrument to achieve
these aims.

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