Our translation of an article from RIA Novosti along with our own commentary.
Let’s start with Falin’s comment about countering the US’ threat to nuke Russia. His comment was drastic, calling for planting nukes in the oceans off the US coasts and detonating them in the event Russia were attacked, and most Westerners will be shocked. Except for those few who know that the US had a plan to annihilate Russia, including millions of innocents, according to declassified information from the SAC (Strategic Air Command), as described by the National Interest:
The U.S. government has finally declassified the 1950s Strategic Air Command target list, which would have dispatched American bombers and missiles on nuclear strikes across the Communist world.
"SAC listed over 1200 cities in the Soviet bloc, from East Germany to China, also with priorities established," according to the National Security Archive, the non-governmental organization which requested the declassified information.
"The US goal is to destroy Russia": ten quotes by Valentin Falin
Subject: Valentin Falin has died (12)
MOSCOW, February 23 (Itar-Tass) - RIA Novosti. Former Soviet ambassador to West Germany and chairman of the board of the Novosti Press Agency (APN), the predecessor of the Russia Today agency, Valentin Falin, died at the age of 92.
On the incompatibility of the USSR and the USA: “The Americans decided in 1946 that the very existence of the USSR was incompatible with US security: Communist or non-communist was not the question.” The benefit is very simple: resources. Today Ukraine is part of that plan.
“Besides resources, Russia without Ukraine becomes more vulnerable, Brezhnev Brzezinski (an American political scientist, editor-in-chief) said in this regard.”
On the relationship between sanctions and the arms race: “Sanctions and the creation of a belt of military bases along the border with Russia - all this is just a continuation of the West’s old policy, only the methods have changed.” After the creation of the USSR’s thermonuclear weapons, and hence the elimination of the United States’ monopoly in this area, the arms race has become a form of warfare, and now the imposition of new aspects to this race pursues a very specific goal, ie, to cause the Russian economy to collapse, and the United States will hardly abandon this idea."
On the American bombing of Japan: “Bombs were dropped on Japan in the hope that they would show the Soviet Union that there is now one master in the world.”
On the global significance of the Yalta Conference: "Yalta was the best chance that has been granted to mankind throughout its written history, at least since Christ’s birth, when we could eliminate war altogether, as recorded in the UN Charter, from human life. The chance was frittered away; the responsibility for this lies primarily with Washington. "
On the way of saving the Soviet Union: To save the USSR, we should have acted very simply. … This, however, is an extreme position, but, incidentally, it was one held by Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov. We should have created an unlimited amount of 100-megaton bombs, placed them along the American Atlantic and Pacific coasts at the bottom of the oceans, and if the Americans had attacked us, detonated all these bombs; there would have been nothing left of the United States.
About Evgeni Primakov: "The greatest merit of Yevgeny Maksimovich, which will be his monument, is to have saved the country from default after the financial collapse, when in fact the Russian Federation was on the verge of disintegrating not only from a political collapse but also from an economic collapse."
On Russia's actions during the armed conflict in South Ossetia (2008): "If we had not reacted as our leadership did, we would have opened the floodgates for new provocations against Russia and against its vital interests, in order to squeeze us, and build all the aggressive positions along our periphery. "
About responsibility for the future: “Shortly after the collapse of the USSR I wrote: “The primary concern of everyone who assumes responsibility for the future of the country must be the consolidation of society. Gorchakovsky’s “Russia, concentrate!” is as relevant as ever. Concentrate thoughts, energy and effort on creation and rebirth, on reconciling oneself with oneself. Otherwise, Russia will not wake up.”
About Trump's policy: “In order to understand the meaning of Trump's decisions, their common vector and prospects, it is necessary to go beyond the discussion of details and look at the situation in the US and the world as a whole, since what happened last November (2016) In that country, was not just a mere changing of the guard but the beginning of a change in the global matrix.”
About the main threats to humanity: “When people ask about what is most threatening to humanity and all of life on Earth today, they usually mention nuclear, chemical and bacteriological weapons, but forget about one more truly terrible weapons of mass destruction, aimed primarily at the human brain. This is information, propaganda and agitation.”
What we remember about Valentin Falin
A graduate of Moscow State Institute of International Relatins (MGIMO), he dedicated many years to the diplomatic service: he worked as an analysts in the information committee of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, prepared the texts of Nikita Khrushchev's speeches on German issues, and led a group of advisers to foreign minister Andrei Gromyko. In 1971-1978, he was the USSR ambassador to the FRG (West Germany).
From 1978 to 1982, Falin was the first deputy chief of the international information department of the Central Committee of the CPSU, later entered journalism, was an observer for Izvestia, and also served as one of the leaders of the APN, the predecessor of MIA Russia Today.
Valentin Falin’s field of scientific interest was history. He wrote the book “The History of Foreign Policy of the USSR” (in 1969, member of the group of authors awarded the USSR State Prize), Political Memoirs (1993, Germany, 1999, Russia), Second Front (1995, Germany, 2000, Russia); “Conflicts in the Kremlin” (1997, Germany, 1999, Russia). Doctor of Historical Sciences and laureate of the State Prize of the USSR (1982).
For his achievements he was awarded the Order of the October Revolution, three Orders of the Red Banner of Labor, Friendship of Peoples, and won the gratitude of the Russian President (2010).
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