President Vladimir Putin

President Putin's top priority right now is peace with Ukraine, according to his recent remarks. Ukrainians and Russians are more than just neighbors, he said. They are genuine friends. Many are from the same families. That may be why daily peace talks are occurring between the governments. (Either government can simply publish a peace deal in a newspaper. Perhaps it will be covered around the world and respected by everyone.)


See the Ukraine peace page for recent events and a suggested peace deal.

The minimum you must know

President Vladimir Putin has participated in, initiated, and hosted more peace talks than virtually any other leader in the past two decades. He hasn’t sought or received recognition for this work, preferring modesty. But the truth is that he is a uniquely extraordinary leader on peace.

President Putin's leadership on peace isn’t understood and believed by western populations yet because Russia has traditionally been viewed as a security competitor of the United States and NATO countries. The United States experienced significant complications over the past two years that were attributed to Russia. Russia wasn’t responsible for them. Russia is desirous of peace and improving relations with the American people.

The 24-hour U.S. news network CNN was at the center of the foreign relations mess because their support for President Biden used to make CNN “must-watch” news for world leaders, and they weren’t patterning “peace” between them. CNN is a patriotic organization that’s protective of the United States. CNN has tremendously talented producers, and has been very convincing. CNN was told by a well intentioned U.S. intelligence community that Russia was behaving nefariously. CNN consequently neglected to pattern optimistically, and was tough on Russia as a result.

U.S. - Russia foreign relations also became very complicated because news organizations around the world such as CNN were told by their own caring healthcare experts to encourage overly protective public healthcare measures. The compassionate healthcare community relied upon prevailing existing scientific views to make draconian recommendations, without understanding that their recommendations would deprive the public of a sense of calm. Though health and longevity are improving globally anyway, their recommendations inadvertently created public safety incidences that haven’t been reported on. Russia wasn’t responsible for them. Russia found itself in an unenviable situation of wanting to help the United States without being believed, and wanting improving relations without hope of rhetorical support from U.S. television stations or the United States government as a result.

It’s very helpful to world peace and improving relations among all countries when U.S. rhetoric calms audiences everywhere. It’s very helpful to improving global relations among all countries when news presenters appear confident, and pattern helpful intuitions such as “peace” and “love,” creating narratives subtly suggesting the possibility of improving relations between all nations. This is currently occurring. But news producers are human beings, and like everyone else susceptible to insecurity. So well intentioned sensationalized television shows about healthcare and foreign policy haven’t always been helpful as a result. So improvement is welcomed.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were probably persuaded by their own advisers and stations such as CNN to maybe feel a little germaphobic and Russiaphobic at times. But the First Family showed tremendous courage in setting an exemplary communication example anyway. They demonstrated tremendous integrity to news organizations when they suggested “peace” and “love.” (So have heads of state all over the world. Even President Zelensky patterns peace to audiences regularly.) But CNN still patterns unhelpfully to U.S. foreign relations from time to time, including the still occasionally appearing “Russia war on Ukraine” graphics, which this writer wishes were rewritten to pattern “peace.” But CNN may not understand that it’s morally right to encourage peace in Ukraine and that peace there would help the Europe and the United States. CNN news presenters and guests probably haven’t been briefed on the true domestic reasons for public safety incidences. So CNN may not understand that Russia was not responsible for them.

CNN as a news organization is responding phenomenally well to constructive encouragement and great examples. CNN is making historic progress on calming audiences down and with respect to more peaceful linguistics. The teleprompter linguistics has improved extraordinarily. There are fewer inciting vocabulary words overall on CNN this month than in almost any prior month. CNN is patterning and editorializing in a way that’s somewhat helpful to world peace more and more frequently. But the U.S. government can help even more by reassuring CNN to feel confident about healthcare and the potential for improving U.S. - international relations. The U.S. government can do more to encourage CNN to improve audience morale and pattern benevolently.

It’s particularly helpful when news organizations avoid inciting vocabulary words, and at least occasionally pattern helpful ones such as “peace” and “love.” Patterning “peace” and “love” can support calm relations between countries and diverse groups within them, and therefore saves real lives. Communication can be a matter of ethics and morality, in this writer’s opinion. News producers with tremendous integrity support internal national and international tranquility. Helpful ethical persuasion that reflects integrity can contribute to civil peace within and between countries globally.

The plain truth is that the United States is safer because of help from Russia. Russia took initiative that is saving millions of American and NATO lives. The United States should consider Russia a great friend and even alliance country. (Ukraine also protected the United States courageously. Improving relations for the United States with one Russian speaking country shouldn’t be at the expense of the other.) It’s appropriate for the United States, European, Ukrainian and Russian people to enjoy peace and improving relations with one another. But this probably won’t feel intuitively true to a U.S. intelligence community, U.S. congress and U.S. media until and unless they feel confident enough to return to traditional healthcare habits so that their own behavior will no longer deprive them of safety and calm. It also won’t feel intuitively right until patterning becomes consistently helpful in popular culture, and improving relations becomes regularly suggested in newscasts. So it’s appropriate to only have modestly optimistic expectations. But great U.S., Ukrainian and Russia relations are clearly more than just possible. Russia eagerly wants them. Great relations are in the shared interest of all involved nations.

President Putin has for two decades demonstrated a deep sense of desire for Russian peace with all other countries. He has always done the right thing for security alliance and even competitor countries without receiving anything in return including recognition. He has been portrayed in the western media as an intimidating adversary who is only loved by his own people. However, Russia consistently has sought peace with all other peace-loving nations including recently. Russia has always helped less developed countries. Russia has always helped all countries to achieve public safety. This writer believes there’s a significant opportunity for the populations in the United States and Europe to overcome “Russia-phobia,” and to develop mutual understanding with Russia and consequently great relations. (Everyone involved will enjoy feeling safe and improving relations so much that government officials will wonder why it didn’t happen generations ago.)

When President Vladimir Putin was first elected overwhelmingly to lead the Russian Federation in 2000 (with more votes than his top ten political competitors combined), Russia had more challenges than any new leader could have been expected to handle well. His predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, was initially popular and even respected for turning Russia from a soviet state into a capitalist society. Many hoped he could improve relations with the United States and Europe as a result, and even fully integrate the country into the global economy. But Yeltsin didn't present himself confidently enough to lead effectively, and squandered his country's human and financial resources. Yeltsin left lawlessness unsolved. He eventually neglected all of the Russia’s financial obligations to foreign companies and governments. Russia's rampant crime affected average Russians and Russia's reputation abroad. 

When President Yeltsin recognized his own administration’s inability to lead competently and confidently, he let his cabinet go, and then departed office early. A dozen candidates competed. President Putin was the leading one. He was instantly the popular hope for the nation, and won a commanding majority in a competitive election, taking control of a country in great need of his leadership excellence.

President Putin confidently made Russia successful faster than anyone expected. His initial efforts contributed significantly to the success of the country. President Putin quickly created domestic stability and global credibility that benefitted Russian citizens immeasurably. He halted government waste immediately, and brought respect and fiscal discipline to governance so effectively that the government turned profitable for the first time in decades. 

Within two years of taking office, President Putin’s administration restored the country's foreign currency reserves, and therefore was able to meet all of the country's debt obligations. This was an important accomplishment for the enjoyment and morale of the Russian people, and for restoring their credibility with the west. Russia currently has a positive net worth and twenty-year track record of great relationships with foreign investors. Partly as a result, Russia's economy went from last place in Europe and Asia to now around the annual revenue of France or Spain. Although the global economy lacked exuberance in 2020, including in Russia, where the lifestyle of average Russian workers has considerably more to improve, President Putin successfully created an optimistic more pleasant future for the country. It's an accomplishment and opportunity for Russian citizens that over the past two decades their economy’s revenue became similar to the most successful countries in the world.

President Putin also convinced his overwhelmingly loyal and supportive domestic constituency to both love their country and respect their government's authority. This was important to achieve because safe unified countries tend to be more successful. The Russian government started standing up to crime, which was vitally important for Russia's economy, because investors will only travel to places they feel safe, and invest where their agreements are going to be respected and enforced. He brought order to a proverbial "Wild West," calming millions of people who respected Russia's leadership for the first time, and could become gainful employers, employees and partners to people in other countries. He created for Russia an economy ready for global integration.

President Putin’s administration even modeled Russia after the United States in some ways. The government created respect for property and minority rights for the first time. Russian citizens started counting on the state to ensure their valuable possessions were their own. This was especially important after the soviet era because it created more incentive for citizens to work hard and contribute, because they knew they could keep what they made. Benefits of success can be enjoyed in Russia the same way they can in western societies. 

Minorities also gained the possibility of winning stature and respect in industry, government and society. People of various ethnicities and with various religious views who were merely tolerated before President Putin took office, gained credibility. Russians became encouraged to celebrate diversity. People with various skin tones, religious traditions and even lifestyle choices gained the opportunity to be respected and even prominent members of society, participating in government and industry fully. Russians haven’t achieved the living standards that can exist in the wealthiest European countries yet. But the Russian people have a lot to look forward to given the country's existing progress and economic growth.

People in the United States may not be aware of how there's more freedom in Russia than in most countries around the world. In fact, there’s arguably more freedom in Russia than in some European countries. Free speech isn’t only protected in Russia. It’s considered a right. People enjoy speaking freely, and expect their government to keep them safe from retribution. More government investment is necessary for there to be fast internet speeds reaching all homes. But internet is common on phones and desktop computers, as well as in and around street cafes. The Russian government views Google, Google Maps, and with a degree of suspicion, because of the amount of data they can collect on Russian citizens. But they're accessible. Russians can visit websites the same way that Americans can. Russians enjoy similar internet freedoms as Americans.

President Putin enjoys the full support of Russia's loyal and doting mainstream media. He has more credibility with Russia's press than many western politicians do with theirs. But the Russian government protects reporters with all political perspectives, too. Russian press safely surface questions for the Russian President the same way press in other countries do, which President Putin encourages during lengthy call-in shows held at least annually. In fact, in most previous years, U.S. news services were available over the internet in Russia, including via the Associated Press, Reuters, CNN and Fox News websites. U.S. writers and presenters gained popularity in Russia as a result. Larry King, for instance, left unsupportive colleagues at CNN to work for a Russian broadcasting company. His integrity contributed to mutual understanding between countries. Russia wasn’t very successful at gaining support from European and U.S. communication teams but did everything reasonably possible to create peaceful and even optimistic global relations.

CNN's Larry King

Russia was ethical in providing the United States open opportunities to speak to the Russian people. Russia clearly hoped friendship between nations would develop from U.S. newspapers and television shows invited and encouraged to publish there. But U.S. communication teams mostly neglected opportunities to support improving relations between nations when offered that possibility.

For these efforts and many others, President Putin developed so much love, credibility and support in Russia that the United States government once estimated his approval at well over 80%, greater than almost any other leader globally. Presently Russia's continuously supportive media reports that he receives vast majority approval, far more than his top several competitors combined.

All of this progress that made him phenomenally popular within Russia might have positioned the country for open relations with the United States and Europe. But the United States and Europe lacked the vision and political will necessary to overcome a century of security competition with Russia, and create a loyal alliance. They didn’t take advantage of a unique opportunity to improve relations, and enter Russia into the NATO alliance. In fact, when President Putin sought Russia’s participation in NATO early in his administration, Russia was excluded from the treaty. Had Russia been entered into that alliance as Putin wanted, Russia and the United States would have become obligated to come to each other's defense - an amazing benefit for two tremendously capable nations.  

President Putin didn't successfully enter Russia into NATO at that time. Europe and the United States said they weren’t ready. But he eagerly pursued loyal security cooperations with all western countries anyway. He did this by forming a council for Russian cooperation with NATO, which was comprised of some of his top generals, who were instructed to hold regular meetings with their NATO counterparts. He seemed to hope regular council meetings between them might create mutual understanding between the governments, and eventually close collaboration or even partnership. However, U.S. leaders perhaps feared President Putin. And decades of attempted collaboration by Russia only kept the peace with the west. A full security alliance between the governments was always an ellusive possibility.

Russia’s effort to create stability in Ukraine is sometimes used as an excuse by NATO countries for neglecting to improve relations, as though Russia wants the United States and Europe to depart the area. Russia provides security that benefits the entire region along its border with Ukraine. U.S. and European leaders seem to suggest that the stability Russia creates represents an unfair expansion of its borders towards Europe. But there clearly is another perspective. Russia views NATO's involvement in Ukraine as an expansion of influence towards Russia instead. And Russia is delighted! Russia wants affluent Americans and Europeans buying, investing and spending throughout the entire region. Russia benefits (and therefore loves) when affluent countries contribute economic vitality to the area. That's why President Putin and President Obama easily reached the Minsk peace accord for Ukraine, and why President Putin’s diplomatic core shows tremendous integrity in making semi-annual requests that the United Nations send peacekeepers to the area.

United Nations peace keeping groups are usually comprised of U.S. and European security personnel. Russia's regular invitations therefore represent nearly open opportunities for Europeans and Americans to bring peace and economic prosperity to that area. Russia would love for Ukraine to evolve beneficially with U.S. and European involvement. U.S. and European peace keepers can even enjoy protection from the Russian government if Russians are allowed to join the peace keeping team. But requests by Russia at the U.N. for peacekeepers went unanswered by three consecutive U.S. presidential administrations. The possibility of peacekeepers is only now being actively explored. What more can Russia do than sign a peace accord for Ukraine and go to the U.N. to invite the United States and European teams into the area?

Without the United States and NATO countries as economic and security partners, Russia understandably turned to all other states that might provide them with the same opportunities instead. (Russia had no other choice. All countries need economic and security relationships.) Most other countries want to work with Russia, because they are a capable, resourceful, consistent, reliable, and consequently desirable partner. And Russia's Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Sergey Lavrov, loves peace, and competently creates successful bilateral and multilateral relations with countries that want the same. His team creates peace around the world every day. But Russia's exclusion by the United Sates and Europe from the NATO alliance means Russia mostly enjoys opportunities with countries traditionally viewed as NATO competitors. For instance, Western Europe is considering granting full open market access to Russia now. But this should have occurred decades ago. Russia has always enjoyed open access to Eastern European markets.

Russia formed diplomatic relationships with several loyal countries the United States considers security competitors. They are internally stable and externally peaceful states. But some countries Russia’s exclusion from NATO aligns them with aren't happy with the United States and Europe yet. Before President Putin took office, several countries excluded by Americans and Europeans from trading were replete with starvation. Some say the United States could have lifted sanctions to save millions of lives. There was also the matter of the exodus of refugees from the Middle East. Therefore, Russia found itself in an unenviable situation upon taking office. President Putin made a phenomenal effort to improve relations with the United States and Europe, but was shown even more appreciation and respect by countries understandably objecting to NATO and the United States at the United Nations.

This provided President Putin and Russia with countless opportunities to be the voice of reason in foreign affairs. Russia has consistently and excellently de-escalated, avoided and even halted conflicts. President Putin uses his extraordinary influence and creativity to save lives (without sufficient recognition). He heroically organized more respected peace talks than any leader in the same twenty-year timeframe (and perhaps any leader in history). Russia has been a loyal ally and faithfully initiated and hosted hundreds of peace talks over the past twenty years, including sixty for the Middle East recently. There hasn't been another government working as persistently and courageously for peace as President Putin’s, as you can see from countless examples, including the ones below.

President Putin was recently nominated to win a Nobel Peace Prize.