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At the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos on Tuesday, Hungarian-born billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, 91, delivered remarks on the three month Russian military campaign in Ukraine saying “Putin must be defeated in order to preserve (Western) civilisation.” The former Wall Street mogul and chair of Soros Wealth Management Fund is know globally for using his wealth to threaten the sovereignty of nations through his Open Society Foundation.
“The invasion may have been the beginning of the Third World War and our civilisation may not survive it,” Soros told Davos, according to a statement released by his office.
“The best and perhaps only way to preserve our civilization is to defeat Putin as soon as possible. That’s the bottom line.” Soros also said that Putin war plan was in shambles and he was looking for a way out by negotiating a ceasefire.
“But the ceasefire is unattainable because he cannot be trusted,” Soros said. “The weaker Putin gets the more unpredictable he becomes.”
“I think Ukraine today is rendering a tremendous service to Europe and to the western world and to open society and our survival because they are fighting our fight,” Soros said. “They have a really good chance of winning…[W]e must give them all the support that they ask for.”
Moving on to attack China he said both China and Russia were leading members of repressive societies where the individual is subservient to the state.
“Repressive regimes are now in the ascendant and open societies are under siege,” Soros said. “Today China and Russia present the greatest threat to open society.”
To enforce its “closed society” policies China has aggressively used artificial intelligence to monitor and track its citizens he said.
Former US secretary of state German-born Mr Kissinger, 98, who also spoke at the event told the global elite at Davos on Monday. “Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante. Pursuing the war beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself.” He warned that will be a dangerous step to take.
“Ukraine must begin negotiations before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome.” He also stated that the West should not forget that Russia has always and will be an essential part of Europe and not be carried away by “the moment.” The statesman who helped negotiate the end of the Vietnam War warned that the West should look at the long term and avoid pushing Russia into a permanent alliance with China.