*Editor’s note: On March 4, Russia enacted a law that criminalizes public opposition to, or independent news reporting about, the war in Ukraine. The law makes it a crime to call the war a “war” rather than a “special military operation” on social media or in a news article or broadcast. The law is understood to penalize any language that “discredits” Russia’s use of its military in Ukraine, calls for sanctions or protests Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It punishes anyone found to spread “false information” about the invasion with up to 15 years in prison.
Oleg Karpovich and Mikhail Troyansky, vice principals of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs — on the role of the U.S. in global conflicts.
Assessing the geopolitical consequences of the current situation, the majority of experts proceed from the fact that the U.S. and its allies are unable to establish their global leadership and ensure the promotion of rule-based order; a polycentric world, despite dangerous contemporary challenges, is slowly becoming a reality.
The vast majority of non-Western countries refused to support the anti-Russian position and the sanctions of the collective West against our country. Dramatic transformations of the global political landscape highlighted with renewed strength that promoting the active role of the non-Western world on the path to a multipolar order is justified.
Such sentiments among an entire range of countries could lead to the creation of some kind of association that offers a real alternative to existing military alliances. You could define it the “Non-Aligned Movement 2.0, for example.” We envision the member states of this new association as including,China, India, as well as the countries of the Persian Gulf, Latin America and Africa, along with our country.
In the context of further implementing Russian foreign policy, we could also skillfully use Western countries with a pro-Russian position to promote our country’s stance at the largest international forums, which would allow us to show the advantage of such a position compared to what the U.S. and its satellites are imposing.
We have to remember that the major tendency in the field of global security is to strike a sharp imbalance in the global political system and accelerate the volatile processes in the different regions of our planet. The collapse of U.S. claims on global supremacy and the strengthening of positions of other leading countries, first of all Russia and China, raised tension in the international arena, escalating turbulence among nations.
The actual collapse of Washington’s arms control framework and the significant increase in the risk of a confrontation with the use of weapons of mass destruction are some of the consequences of such a course of events. Regional crises (Ukraine, Taiwan, the Middle East), provoked by the refusal of the West to look for compromises, raise the level of conflict in global processes.
The main goal of the collective West is to deliver a strategic defeat to our country, and to limit its economic growth and political influence in the world. At the same time, these countries offer explanations (turning everything upside down, as they usually do) as though Russia is the main culprit in the case of all European economic troubles, and more.
In the geopolitical war against Russia, the collective West gave Ukraine the role of a puppet state, where the government, led by the Zelenskyy regime, is limited in its actions and decisions. The escalation of this conflict has led to the significant deterioration of the condition of ordinary people in Ukraine, which doesn’t at all concern the people in high offices in Kyiv, Brussels, Washington and London. And the recently held referendums only proved that the citizens of Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, the Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic had made their choice a long time ago. And this choice evidently doesn’t support the Zelenskyy regime.
The beginning of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine was perceived by the West as the chance to transform its agenda and to unite on the basis of Russophobia that it had hidden for so long, with great difficulty. As a result, the Ukrainian crisis significantly accelerated the rate of degradation in Russian-Western relations; however, it did not bring any serious change to long-standing tendencies — the image of our country as an enemy state had already gained a firm foothold in the Western mass consciousness.
The not really thought-out and poorly calculated policy of the West toward Russia objectively leads to the discrediting of the institutions that defined the sustainability of the architecture and operating procedures that ensure the functioning of the global economy and trade-economic relations in the post-war era. It also leads to the intensification of the processes of forming the new world order, including regional and global monetary and financial systems.
The combined set of modern tendencies objectively “strives” toward the polycentric system of global politics, based on equity and equal consideration of the interests of all its participants, as the only system that can guarantee real security and welfare to humanity.
The position of the editorial board may not coincide with the opinion of the authors
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