Ghost of Soviet Union nonetheless haunts Washington – Moscow


The US is utilizing the battle in Ukraine to fulfil its decades-long aim of weakening Russia, envoy Anatoly Antonov informed Newsweek

The US’ assist for Ukraine is motivated by a Cold War-era need to weaken Russia and make Europe its subordinate, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov informed Newsweek on Saturday. However, he foresees a brand new “multipolar world” rising.

Speaking to the American journal per week after the Pentagon introduced a recent $275 million arms package deal for Ukraine, Antonov remarked that Washington “seems to need to constantly assert itself through competition with Russia.”

The Pentagon’s most up-to-date National Defense Strategy describes Russia as “an acute threat” to US pursuits, and mandates that the US army equip itself to “prevail in conflict” in opposition to Moscow “if deterrence fails.”

“It looks as if the ‘ghost’ of the Soviet Union is still haunting the corridors of power in the American capital, and the Сold War has not ended at all,” Antonov informed Newsweek. “Many politicians right here nonetheless assume and act in accordance with the legal guidelines of that historic interval. They imagine that restoration of Russia’s worldwide status with Vladimir Putin’s accession to energy in our nation has develop into a ‘headache’ for Washington.

“With the conflict in Ukraine, the United States is better placed to implement its ‘idee fixe’ to weaken Russia,” Antonov mentioned. “It is much easier to consolidate society within the United States and in the Western camp as a whole around the image of a ‘foreign enemy that undermines the values of the democratic world.’”

At the identical time, the US can use “Russia to justify its unprecedented military spending,” whereas concurrently “ruining mutually beneficial ties between Russia and Europe, making the latter fully dependent on Washington.” 

The EU’s self-imposed vitality embargo on Russia – which the US has inspired – has already value the bloc nearly $1 trillion, Bloomberg reported on Sunday. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken described the destruction of the Russia-EU Nord Stream gasoline pipelines as a “tremendous opportunity” for the EU to desert Russian gasoline, and the US has already stepped in to promote Europe its personal, greater priced, liquefied pure gasoline.

“At first glance, it may appear that Americans are ‘winning’ everywhere,” Antonov mentioned. “However, things are different. It is clear that we are at the beginning of a complex and long journey of building a multipolar world,” wherein “the Russian Federation advocates that the interests of all participants should be taken into account in the future system of international relations.”

Russia’s proposals, he mentioned, are discovering “more and more understanding and support in various regions of the planet.”