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Evgeny Primakov: “Our foreign policy value is the preservation of peace”

On September 10, a meeting was held at the RSUH with a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, author and presenter of the International Review program, Yevgeny Primakov. He told students about key trends in Russian foreign policy and international relations in the modern world, and also answered numerous questions.

The meeting was held in an open format. Vice-rector for scientific work Olga Pavlenko addressed the students with a welcoming speech. She recalled that Yevgeny Aleksandrovich is a graduate of the Faculty of History and Philology of the Russian State University for the Humanities, and thanked him for maintaining warm relations with his native university.

Yevgeny Primakov spoke about the reasons for the intensified geopolitical competition between developed and developing states. The effectiveness of the economic and political model of Western countries is based on their colonial past. Russia had no such experience.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Primakov notes, many foreign experts insisted that the future of Russia was liberal democracy, predictable political decisions and the abandonment of the role of world leader. However, our country historically took a different path, and today it is a full-fledged player in the international political scene. It is Russia that is now the main guarantor of the system for limiting the means of delivery of weapons of mass destruction.

“We do not threaten anyone, but we closely monitor the number of military bases that arise in the immediate vicinity of our borders,” says Yevgeny Primakov. – Today, Americans are seriously discussing the idea that a nuclear war can be won. Brainless determination, the ease with which you can get out of any contract is scary. Our foreign policy value, since the 50s, is the preservation of peace. Russia is increasing its defense capabilities, and now the Russian bear should smile so that all his teeth are visible. ”

Then a lively exchange of views took place. Students of our university were interested in whether there is an alternative to the UN and whether Russians will be able to master the Far East, what are the prospects for developing relations with North Korea, and whether there is an ideological confrontation between the United States and Russia. Answering questions, Primakov expressed the view that the UN should be gradually reformed without destroying the structure itself, that the development of the Far East is inevitable and a matter of time, in relations with North Korea we are one of the partners of de-escalation of the conflict on the Korean peninsula, and the ideological confrontation with the United States remained in the twentieth century.

Yevgeny Primakov discussed with students whether a multipolar world is possible or whether it will be bipolar (USA and China), and whether Germany is really secretly cooperating with Russia to the peak of the USA and Great Britain. It turned out that the world is now polycentric, and it is impossible to predict in advance whether it will become bipolar. With regard to cooperation with Germany, it is completely open and in peacetime does not pose a threat to the Anglo-Saxons.

According to Yevgeny Primakov, the issue of maintaining peace is still relevant. “I would really like for you, studying in the walls of the Russian State Humanitarian University, to be imbued with this idea and to carry it on!” He concluded.


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