This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Russia: Putin lambasts excessive Western 'political correctness'01:40

Russia: Putin lambasts excessive Western 'political correctness'

Russian Federation, Lake Valdai
September 19, 2013 at 14:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Putin lambasts excessive Western 'political correctness'

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of Russian unity and independence, and expressed the view that many Western countries are losing touch with their roots during a Thursday speech. He made the remarks during the 10th session of the Valdai Discussion Club at a venue on the banks of Lake Valdai, in the Novgorod region.

President Putin said: "The sovereignty, independence, unity of Russia are undoubtedly the red lines that should not be crossed. Given the differences in our opinions and different discussions, the future will not be successful without the participation of all players."

The Russian president also said: "We witness many euro countries refusing and forgetting their roots, including the values of Christianity which formed the basis of their civilization. They are refusing from any ethical basis, any identities - national, religious or even gender. They are following a policy which makes families with many children equal to same-sex families, faith in God equal with faith in Satan. An excesses of political correctness leads us to the registration of political parties which pursue the propaganda of paedophilia. Representatives in many countries are afraid of mentioning their religiosity, even cancelling some festivities. They are hiding the basis of such festivities. They are trying to impose this model on everyone. I am convinced this leads us to degradation and primitivization."

Putin meets with Valdai Discussion Club members every year. However, Thursday was the first time Putin had taken part in the final panel discussion, this year held under the theme "Russia's Diversity for the Modern World".

The Valdai Club was established by RIA Novosti and the Council for Foreign and Defence Policy in 2004 and has become a unique venue for communication between the Russian and international intellectual and political elite.

Russia: Putin lambasts excessive Western 'political correctness'01:40
Pool for subscribers only
No Account? Sign up!
Description

Russia: Putin lambasts excessive Western 'political correctness'

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of Russian unity and independence, and expressed the view that many Western countries are losing touch with their roots during a Thursday speech. He made the remarks during the 10th session of the Valdai Discussion Club at a venue on the banks of Lake Valdai, in the Novgorod region.

President Putin said: "The sovereignty, independence, unity of Russia are undoubtedly the red lines that should not be crossed. Given the differences in our opinions and different discussions, the future will not be successful without the participation of all players."

The Russian president also said: "We witness many euro countries refusing and forgetting their roots, including the values of Christianity which formed the basis of their civilization. They are refusing from any ethical basis, any identities - national, religious or even gender. They are following a policy which makes families with many children equal to same-sex families, faith in God equal with faith in Satan. An excesses of political correctness leads us to the registration of political parties which pursue the propaganda of paedophilia. Representatives in many countries are afraid of mentioning their religiosity, even cancelling some festivities. They are hiding the basis of such festivities. They are trying to impose this model on everyone. I am convinced this leads us to degradation and primitivization."

Putin meets with Valdai Discussion Club members every year. However, Thursday was the first time Putin had taken part in the final panel discussion, this year held under the theme "Russia's Diversity for the Modern World".

The Valdai Club was established by RIA Novosti and the Council for Foreign and Defence Policy in 2004 and has become a unique venue for communication between the Russian and international intellectual and political elite.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
Pool for subscribers only
02:14
Myanmar: Gunshots heard at mass anti-coup protest in YangonMyanmar: Gunshots heard at mass anti-coup protest in Yangon
February 28, 2021 at 22:43 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:49
ISS: NASA astronauts perform spacewalk to begin solar array upgrade processISS: NASA astronauts perform spacewalk to begin solar array upgrade process
February 28, 2021 at 20:10 GMT +00:00
04:23
Japan: ‘Mizugyo’ ritual participants purify bodies under freezing waterJapan: ‘Mizugyo’ ritual participants purify bodies under freezing water
March 1, 2021 at 02:01 GMT +00:00
01:26
Syria: Israeli missiles intercepted over Damascus - state mediaSyria: Israeli missiles intercepted over Damascus - state media
March 1, 2021 at 06:49 GMT +00:00
02:41
Israel: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews flout COVID restrix to celebrate Purim on streets of JerusalemIsrael: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews flout COVID restrix to celebrate Purim on streets of Jerusalem
February 28, 2021 at 18:16 GMT +00:00
05:58
Japan: Uni researchers find water from hot springs kills coronavirus in KusatsuJapan: Uni researchers find water from hot springs kills coronavirus in Kusatsu
February 28, 2021 at 15:31 GMT +00:00
02:59
Thailand: Protester injured as thousands join anti-govt march to PM's army base home in BangkokThailand: Protester injured as thousands join anti-govt march to PM's army base home in Bangkok
February 28, 2021 at 17:24 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:23
Sudan: Russian frigate enters Port Sudan for first timeSudan: Russian frigate enters Port Sudan for first time
February 28, 2021 at 20:30 GMT +00:00
02:24
Germany: Dortmund hair salon reopens at midnight as COVID restrictions easedGermany: Dortmund hair salon reopens at midnight as COVID restrictions eased
March 1, 2021 at 04:46 GMT +00:00
01:22
France: Sarkozy arrives in court to face verdict in corruption trialFrance: Sarkozy arrives in court to face verdict in corruption trial
March 1, 2021 at 12:55 GMT +00:00
00:59
France: Sarkozy leaves court after corruption verdictFrance: Sarkozy leaves court after corruption verdict
March 1, 2021 at 13:31 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:51
Italy: Archaeologists discover ancient Roman processional chariot near PompeiiItaly: Archaeologists discover ancient Roman processional chariot near Pompeii
February 28, 2021 at 11:28 GMT +00:00
03:25
Netherlands: Police break up rally by hundreds of COVID sceptics in AmsterdamNetherlands: Police break up rally by hundreds of COVID sceptics in Amsterdam
February 28, 2021 at 21:48 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:55
Antarctica: Gigantic iceberg separates from Brunt Ice ShelfAntarctica: Gigantic iceberg separates from Brunt Ice Shelf
February 28, 2021 at 06:10 GMT +00:00
01:49
Armenia: Opposition accuse authorities of 'provocation attempts' during Yerevan rallyArmenia: Opposition accuse authorities of 'provocation attempts' during Yerevan rally
February 27, 2021 at 19:23 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:56
Armenia: PM Pashinyan labels presidents's decision not to fire head of General Staff as 'strange'Armenia: PM Pashinyan labels presidents's decision not to fire head of General Staff as 'strange'
February 28, 2021 at 17:49 GMT +00:00
04:49
'The curls get the girls' - Mulletfest attendees compete to be crowned best mullet in Australia'The curls get the girls' - Mulletfest attendees compete to be crowned best mullet in Australia
February 28, 2021 at 09:28 GMT +00:00
02:41
USA: Shop windows broken after anti-ICE rally turns violent in PortlandUSA: Shop windows broken after anti-ICE rally turns violent in Portland
February 28, 2021 at 15:49 GMT +00:00
02:28
Iraq: Restoration of Virgin Mary statue decapitated by IS underway ahead of pope visitIraq: Restoration of Virgin Mary statue decapitated by IS underway ahead of pope visit
February 28, 2021 at 16:52 GMT +00:00
View all videos