Europe is fading away and turning into a ‘misplaced continent’ — RT World Information

The world’s heart of gravity is shifting, and the Outdated World is dropping its relevance

By Andrey Sushentsov, program director of the Valdai Membership

Europe stays an vital strategic focus for Russia, however it’s not the principle subject of debate. At the moment, many see it as a “misplaced continent,” the place the Western half has stopped performing primarily based by itself pursuits and finds it troublesome to even outline them. States are more and more dropping their autonomy and succumbing to stress from the US.

The rising presence of NATO on Russia’s western borders worries our nation. There are indicators of the US-led bloc’s transition from hibernation to preparations for a serious navy confrontation in Europe. The trail of accelerating escalation and stress on Russia is a useless finish: Moscow takes the NATO risk significantly and has the means to cope with it. The militarization of the Baltic states, the strengthening of the bloc’s affect within the Black Sea and close to the Russian border will improve the variety of episodes during which our pursuits collide and maintain us in fixed pressure.

Russia has no aggressive plans towards the Baltics – this can be a risk invented by Washington and Brussels. Nevertheless, if NATO chooses the trail of escalating tensions, Moscow is not going to draw back from this problem. I imagine that this path is a idiot’s errand for Western Europe – it turns into a hostage to the American need to isolate the EU’s fundamental economies from Russia.

Escalation creates a sequence of phobias, removes any impetus for financial cooperation and finally ties Western European states to the US financial system, making them a lot much less aggressive.

Consequently, the Individuals are “cannibalizing” the Western Europeans beneath the noble guise of defending the European continent from an imaginary Russian risk. I imagine that these in Western Europe shouldn’t be blind to this synthetic inflation of tensions by the US – they need to act in their very own pursuits.

Russia has now turned its consideration to different areas of the world and is growing its historic relations with the international locations of Asia and Africa with nice vigor. To some extent, Western Europe is popping away from Russia and Russia is popping away from Western Europe.

I settle for that this, like many issues in historical past, is a spiral. And in time there will likely be a technique of return. However it’s apparent that in the present day Western Europe is for Russia not a area that is essential or gives many alternatives. Quite the opposite, what we hear from there these days are essentially the most bellicose statements, however not backed up by a lot political resolve. Whereas Russia continues to understand Western European actions towards our nation as a risk, the main target of Moscow’s consideration is shifting to different elements of the world.

On the identical time, the US stays essentially the most energetic – in a harmful sense – power in worldwide relations, continuously working to create advert hoc coalitions to make use of towards its opponents. Now it’s performing increasingly feverishly, realizing that point will not be on its aspect.

As a substitute of this nonsense, it might be smart for Washington to simply accept that goal demographic, financial and social processes are making Asia the world’s fundamental heart of gravity within the new century, and to work to make sure that the situations for stability and improvement are maintained. The actions of the Individuals, sadly, present the alternative: they’re exacerbating the notion of their very own decline, which might be much less acute in the event that they behaved extra constructively.

The shift of the middle of gravity from the Atlantic area to East and South Asia is an goal course of. Moscow and Washington are solely not directly concerned in it, however the rising affect of the international locations of this area can’t be denied or stopped. On this context, relations between Russia and China are outstanding – though there have been crises between our international locations prior to now, Russian-Chinese language relations at the moment are at their peak and are one of many elementary pillars of a brand new balanced worldwide order. 

As early because the mid-Nineties, Russia and China formulated a standard imaginative and prescient of the world of the longer term. It was enshrined within the 1997 ‘Declaration on a Multipolar World and the Formation of a New Worldwide Order’. And since then, the Russian-Chinese language understanding of how the world ought to be has advanced: on the premise of non-interference, respect for sovereignty, mutual pursuits, and the popularity that cooperation between international locations is feasible whatever the nature of their authorities. This foundation for cooperation has stood the take a look at of time and lots of worldwide crises in latest a long time, and is taking our relationships to a good greater degree.

This text was first revealed by Valdai Dialogue Membership, translated and edited by the RT group.

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