Putin's foreign policy advisor explains the nature of the second cold war

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Putin's Foreign Policy Advisor Sergey Karaganov gave an interview to Profile media outlining developments in current world affairs.

According to Karaganov, a new cold war has emerged between the West and Russia, which is far more dangerous than the first one was. The current cold war is one-sided - the US waging it against Russia (and China), but the two countries are not interested in aggravating the situation. There is no ideological opposition between the two sides, unlike it was the case during the first cold war, when liberal capitalism fought with totalitarian communism. An ideological war going on - but the front lines lie within the West.

In America and Europe, the elites are trying to regain control over political processes while the population is dissatisfied because the middle class is shrinking and people's real income is not growing. Dissent is everywhere in the new media and social networks, and the old elite is seeking to control the Internet under the pretext of "protecting democracy".

The previous cold war had geopolitical underpinning. The West, which Russia was part of, practically conquered the whole world. Western success was based on military superiority; then, Russia emerged from the "capitalist world order." From the 1960s onwards, the Western military supremacy was shaken; America lost the war in Vietnam.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, the West regained its military and ideological superiority by controlling the world's GDP, and by the violent dissemination of Western political, and cultural products. After Russia regained its strength, Western positions began to weaken in world affairs. If the West's military supremacy is lost, it will be forced to pursue an "honest competition" with the rest of the world, which is not in its interest.

The weakness of Europe is partly caused by the fact that its military strength is insignificant. Since the mid-2000s, anti-Russian sentiments have increased in European elites. In 2013, even before the Crimean and Ukrainian crisis, an anti-Russian hate campaign was launched in the corporate media. Karaganov claims that he had warned his European friends back then that there would be a major conflict as a result of this.

Today, Russia's position is much better in the world than it was during the Soviet Union, because the latter had to spend half of its GDP supporting allied countries - now there is no such burden. The Soviet Union was opposed not only by the Western world, but China too - the situation is different today. The Soviet elite did not like its own country and system, but the situation is much different now.

Today, the world is closer to a war than ever since 1962. The West hates Russia and the latter despises the West. Both sides demonize the other, at a level that was not even imaginable during the [first] cold war. "There are hardly any contact channels left."

In relation to the latest US attack on Syria, Karaganov had this to say: it was a political rather than a military action. America wanted to demonstrate that it can do whatever it wants. The real target of the West is not Russia, but China.

He claimed that the Americans had offered Russia a deal, namely to stop supporting China, in return they promised wonderful US-Russian relations, at the same time, they said the same thing to Beijing in relation to Russia.

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