The West Departs From the World’s Heights, While the East Occupies Them

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The situation in the post-Soviet space was commented on by the columnist of Sputnik, the director of Eurasian Economic Union Institute Vladimir Lepekhin.

In some foreign media agencies there are an increasing number of publications in which the authors push forward the thesis about a “crisis in the Eurasian Economic”. The grounds for such statements are different uncertainties and conflicts that filled the post-Soviet space.

For example, in Kyrgyzstan there is a conflict between the former President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev and the leadership of the neighbouring Kazakhstan. In Moldova attempts to seize power are made via the organisation of the pro-Russian President of the country Igor Dodon’s isolation, who in the current year provided to Moldova the status of an observer in the Eurasian Economic Union. In Belarus the game with the Baltic seaports is not really clear to outside observers. In Armenia — the signing of the agreement on enhanced partnership with the European Union.

The feeling of general alarm is amplified by such peculiarities of the present political moment as the change of the head of State in Kyrgyzstan, the preparation of the Russian elite for the next presidential elections, the transition of supreme power from the President to the parliament in Armenia, the expectation of the appearance of potential successors to the current heads of States in Kazakhstan and Belarus.

There is a feeling that the political economic map of the Euasian region is about to change before our eyes — despite the fact that today practically nobody is able to predict the contours of future changes.

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Who will become the main beneficiary of future changes in the post-Soviet space? Russia or Ukraine? Azerbaijan or Armenia? Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan?

I believe that for an adequate answer to these and other such questions it is necessary to understand the objective laws of the development of the world and of its components, such as Eurasia. And these laws at this particular moment in time are connected to the logic of forming a new world order based on so-called multipolarity.

A multipolar world is not an idea of Russia or some apologists of geopolitical democracy. Changing the model of globalisation and a transition from a pro-American monopoly model of world order to the formation of a commonwealth of civilisations is an objective trend, which is already being realised in a variety of formats and in all directions of planetary development.

Signs of the formation of a multipolar world are Brexit in Great Britain and the crisis in the UN, separatism in Western Europe and the crisis in Germany, Washington’s rejection of the formation of transatlantic and transpacific free trade zones, and the unfolding cold civil war in the US. This is also the success of the Russian Air Force in Syria and the strengthening of positions of the non-western coalition (Russia, Iran, Syria, etc.) in the Middle East, the growth of the SCO’s geopolitical weight and a number of trade and other agreements between the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and their foreign partners.

The West is departing from the key world’s heights. It, as the role of the main force of the contemporaneity, is gradually replaced by the Big Eurasian East. The tendencies are such that the G-7 slowly but surely cedes place to the BRICS commonwealth as the most authoritative world platform, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is already ready to replace the “G-20”, which is disintegrating into fragments. In any case, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is already more powerful and more significant in the space of Eurasia than the G-20 is.

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Yes, the emissaries of western “democracy” will still cause a lot of damage to the sovereign people. But their train left station called “world hegemon”. Global economic leadership is being transferred (if it hasn’t already been transferred) to China, therefore the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation find new prospects of development.

These prospects are connected to the formation of that uniform space, in an economic sense, which in the noughties was still known as “Big Europe, from Vladivostok to Lisbon”.

One and a half decades ago such a formula was offered to European “partners” by Vladimir Putin. “Partners” refused: they preferred to join the economic sanctions against Russia.

Today Putin’s Eurasian integration formula looks like: Big Eurasia, from Vladivostok to Lisbon. Time all the same will put everyone in their place, according to the role of this or that country in global and regional economies.

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