Obama’s leaving administration at conclusion decided to declare itself with a formidable shout in the direction of Russia. US urges Russia to abandon recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which America still considers Georgian territories. What is it? Attempt to halt the departed train or the groundwork for Donald Trump’s new administration to continue the practice of pressure on Russia?
It is unlikely that US President-elect Donald Trump will be so dependent on the ‘groundwork’ of outgoing President Obama; that he would follow in the wake of American foreign policy of recent years. Yes, Trump called for normalization of relations with Russia, but dropped the term “reset.”
It somehow caused joy in Russia’s opponents. Strangely, after all, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the term “reset” has compromised itself: “The word actually somewhat compromised itself, because the consequences of this reset, indeed, not the ones we would like to see. The term in this case does not matter, the main thing is the presence of desire and demonstration of readiness to normalize relations.”
US requirements for Russia not to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states – it’s closing the stable door after the horse has bolted for the Obama administration. There is nothing real behind it. Terrible hail from Washington is nothing more than an attempt to save the face of American diplomacy on the background of total failure of the State Department’s foreign policy.
The ratification by the State Duma of the RF on November 2, 2016, agreement on the creation of Russia and Abkhazia united forces, signed back in November 2015, served as a formal pretext for the American statement. Russia will use the military base in Abkhazia, and two mechanized infantry battalions, artillery and air groups and a special purpose squadron will be part of the joint group.
Earlier, Vice President Joe Biden has condemned the Russian-Abkhazian agreement; the other day State Department spokesman John Kirby also condemned it. “The United States strongly oppose the ratification by the Russian Federation of the agreement concluded with the de facto leaders of the breakaway region of Abkhazia on the establishment of joint military forces. We do not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called “contract”, which is not a valid international agreement,” Kirby emphasized.
The United States increasingly resemble the late Soviet Union. “They are still strong superpower,” writes Edward Birov in “Look,” “with a huge army and advanced economy, but they are rapidly losing attractiveness for others and an inner sense of the righteousness of their idea.” Just a few decades ago, despite the external power, the Union was no longer afraid of and was not listened, and now everyone is no longer afraid of and does not listen to the States.
But there are also differences. Single mighty Soviet Union collapsed and caused pain and suffering only to its own people, but the US, having even greater power, will frantically cling to life, even if it means they will have to fill the world with blood. However, the end of empire is always the same, and if Americans do not change their rhetoric and foreign policy, the United States will meet the same fate that befell the Soviet Union.
According to the head of the International Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Konstantin Kosachev, “messianic ideas about ‘the hope of humanity’ by inertia sounded from the lips of the leaders, but the de facto leadership was ensured by force, money and other instruments of pressure and bribery, but no real faith in the ideas.”
It is this tool was used in the United States of Georgia, which rulers have always expressed their desire to follow in the footsteps of American politics. For example, the Georgian authorities have stated that the holding of elections to the State Duma in 2016 in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region, inhabited by Russian citizens, is “a manifestation of annexation policy of Moscow, which violates the fundamental norms of international law.” It is about international legitimacy that the United States told about when opposed the creation of a joint Russian-Abkhazian military group.
What is presented more in this case: the pressure on Russia or interference in the internal affairs of Abkhazia and South Ossetia? In my opinion, both of them. US always act on all fronts simultaneously. Only the intensity and openness of action may differ. The United States put pressure on Russia and meddle in the internal affairs of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. This is their normal state in the era of decline «Pax Americana». Empire, which does not expand, begins to narrow. It remains to be seen whether this trend will continue with the elected president Trump or relations with Russia will improve, even without the ‘reset’?
Vladimir Bidyovka, the DPR People’s Council deputy