Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin yesterday signed off Russia’s updated Foreign Policy objectives.
The objectives are noteworthy for their candidness and for literally spelling out what previously went unsaid. This updated Foreign Policy document is particularly noteworthy for directly stating that the Russian Federation will doctrinally and as a matter of state policy oppose American hegemony and its fiscal and ‘ideological colonialism’.
This document de jure declares the already de facto process of Russia’s exit from the unipolar American world and that the nature of the contradictions between the Russian Federation and the ‘collective west’ led by the United States cannot be reconciled at the current stage.
It is important to understand that this is not just some ordinary paper. This document defines the practical objectives not just of the Russian Foreign Ministry, but of all the authorities and state organs of the Russian Federation in matters of foreign policy.
Below I provide a summary of the salient points. Those who want to read the whole document can do so here: http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/70811 (use Google or Yandex translate, both provide excellent translations).
The salient points:
Russian Foreign Policy will henceforth seek:
- The sovereign equality of states, and respect for their right to choose models of development be they social, political, or economic.
2) The rejection of hegemony in international affairs;
3) Cooperation based on a balance of interests and mutual benefit;
4) Non-interference in internal affairs;
5) The supremacy of international law in the regulation of international relations, the rejection of all states from the policy of double standards set about by the so-called US dictated ‘rules-based order’;
6) The indivisibility of security in global and regional aspects;
7) The respect for the true diversity of cultures, civilizations and models of organization of society, the refusal of the concept that any state has the right to impose on other countries their development models, ideological and value orientations, particularly when these contradict spiritual and moral landmarks common to all world traditional religions and secular ethical systems;
8) The obligation of responsible leadership of the leading states, to ensure stable and favorable conditions for development both for themselves and for other countries and peoples;
9) In order to facilitate the adaptation of the world order to the realities of a multipolar world, the Russian Federation intends to give priority attention to:
a) The elimination of US and other unfriendly states dominance in world affairs, including the creation of conditions to enable any state to free itself from neo-colonial and hegemonic ambitions;
2) The improvement of international mechanisms for ensuring security and development at the global and regional levels;
3) The restoration of the role of the UN as a central coordinating mechanism in coordinating the interests of the UN member states and their actions to achieve the goals of the UN Charter;
4) The strengthening and enhancing of the international role of the BRICS interstate association, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), RIC (Russia, India, China) and other interstate associations and international organizations, as well as mechanisms with a significant participation of Russia;
5) The support for regional and sub-regional integration within the framework of friendly multilateral institutions, dialogue platforms and regional associations in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East; (Note that Europe and the EU are not mentioned here)
6) Increasing the stability and progressive development of the international legal system;
7) Ensuring fair access for all states to the benefits of the world economy and the international division of labour (a direct challenge to the western model of a speculative economic model built on cheap immigrant labour), as well as to modern technologies in the interests of fair and equitable development (including solving the problems of global energy and food security);
8) Intensifying cooperation in all spheres with Russia’s allies and partners, suppressing attempts by unfriendly states to prevent such cooperation;
9) Consolidation of international efforts aimed at ensuring respect and protection of universal and traditional spiritual and moral values (including ethical norms common to all world religions), neutralizing attempts to impose pseudo-humanistic and other neoliberal ideological attitudes, leading to the loss of traditional spiritual and moral values by humanity.
10) constructive dialogue, partnership and mutual enrichment of different cultures, religions and civilizations.
In a few words, the Russian Federation is now a doctrinally declared opponent of:
- Western political and economic hegemony, in particular, that led by the USA.
- Western concepts of globalism.
- Western anti-human woke ideology including transgenderism, transhumanism, critical race theory and other neo-marxist nonsense.
No doubt these newly declared policies will further infuriate the USA and the EU – but they will find ready acceptance by the rest of the world, who have already been impressed and emboldened by Russia’s willingness to stand up and be counted – including on the battlefield.
This is a historic document with historic ramifications.