Fra Vladimir Putin meget omtalte pressekonference i går ovenpå Ruslands ‘sorte tirsdag’:
[Journalist] Mr President, are the current economic developments the price we have to pay for Crimea? Maybe the time has come to acknowledge it?
[Vladimir Putin] No. This is not the price we have to pay for Crimea… This is actually the price we have to pay for our natural aspiration to preserve ourselves as a nation, as a civilisation, as a state.
… if we continue the analogy, sometimes I think that maybe it would be best if our bear just sat still. Maybe he should stop chasing pigs and boars around the taiga but start picking berries and eating honey.
Maybe then he will be left alone. But no, he won’t be! Because someone will always try to chain him up. As soon as he’s chained they will tear out his teeth and claws. In this analogy, I am referring to the power of nuclear deterrence. As soon as – God forbid – it happens and they no longer need the bear, the taiga will be taken over.
Meningsmålingerne viser, at over 80% af det russiske folk bakker op om deres leder.