The Transatlantic/North-Atlintic elites weren’t happy about Putin making those statements. You could tell it by the reactions the Western officials gave him. As such, NATO’s then- Secretary General Japan de Hoop Scheffer called Putin’s speech “disappointing”. US senator John McCain (who was a presidential candidate) said that “Moscow must understand that it cannot enjoy a genuine partnership with the West so long as its actions at home and abroad conflict so fundamentally with age core values of Euro-Atlantic democracies” (yeah, you’re not democratic if you think differently and if you don’t do what the US dictates you to do).
Many consider Putin’s 2007 speech to be a starting point for a new Cold War. It would be reasonable to assume that the US elites started to develop complex strategies on how to undermine Russia with a mid-term goal of restricting it geopolitically, depleting it of any means for defending its national interests, and then, in the long-term, to take the country down, to slice it into a couple of smaller states that could easily be taken under control (with NATO/US putting their hands on the Russian nuclear arsenal) to solve the “Russian factor” issue once and for all.
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