Alexey Mukhin, the director general of the Center for Political Information The session of the Russian Security Council, it seems, was held in the context of a very unfavourable outcome as a result of certain events. However, the outcome turned out to be favourable, so we heard no sensations as a result of the session. Moreover, we have heard harmonious sounds in the rhetoric of our authorities. First of all, Vladimir Putin stressed that Russia won’t leave the legal terrain; this means Russia won’t take abrupt political steps in the very near future. Moreover, Putin has recognized a certain influence of Russia, at least a moral influence, on the so-called militia in the south-eastern part of Ukraine. And the president made a move long awaited on European and American platforms, Russia is ready to take part in any correction of actions. So I believe experts should sense interesting details in it. It is a tribute to the type of sports, martial arts, that Vladimir Putin practices, it is called judo and implies demonstration of a flexible attitude towards one’s opponent. And Russia here is entering a very interesting and very dangerous phase of relations with the West. Obviously, the West at this moment is of no monolithic threat to Russia. The refusal to join the third wave of EU sanctions has brought a certain dissonance to the work of politicians criticizing Russia. In this case, Russia preserved the right to maintain its foreign and internal political course. Tightening the screws in the near future, as many individuals in Russian politics do, will not happen. Another problem is that the government will keep a watch on the hands of non-commercial organizations that are conspicuously or discreetly pursuing the interests of our political opponents. I should say the recent policy of the U.S. towards Russia is no longer appropriate. It crossed the line of legality, morals and manners long ago. The official declarations we have from the State Department and other sources on U.S. territory have not proven Russia guilty of the incident that happened with the Boeing-777 yet. In this context, the U.S. is put in the Boy Who Cried Wolf situation, when the public has been double-crossed so many times. In the end, the child needs flogging. It is the only way to discipline him. Obviously the regime of sanctions, especially its third wave, is directed at destroying the economies of the EU and Russia. If the EU joins the sanctions, it will lead to serious economic consequences for the EU. And I think it is very important that the EU was reasonable to reject the sanctions. It seems the Security Council was summoned because of the so-called partial mobilization announced by Petro Poroshenko after the Boeing-777 crash and before any results of the investigation. He wants NATO forces to enter Ukraine and arm his troops with high-accuracy weapons. I believe it is a direct and straightforward threat to Russian national security, considering the aggressive rhetoric of the USA and the Kiev authorities. It turns out it will not happen. This is good news. Considering that, Kiev lacks the resources needed to withstand the militia. And nobody doubts that a war is taking place there. The phrase “antiterrorism operation” is rarely heard. Kiev cannot succeed without foreign interference. And it admits this indirectly. That is why there is a question about who the foreign groups will be that Kiev plans to invite to its territory to resolve its obvious and current economic and social problems.