"Crusade" to Russia
"Do not march on Moscow," English field marshal Bernard Low Montgomery once warned strictly.
The situation is that the West announced a crusade against Russia. These circumstances threw the issue of neutralization of international, political and economical confronted isolation into sharp relief. The Russian face-off to the threat needs more activities and dynamism in foreign policy, especially on the directions where it has own vital interests and strong positions, and where the US and Brussels' monopoly to make the other countries follow its foreign policy has no power.
These are the southern and eastern regions keeping neutrality in the ongoing confrontation between the West and Russia. The consolidation of Russia's positions in these countries will demand significant efforts and expenses. But the effect of coping with the challenge will significantly determine the ability to withstand against strategically motivated western pressure.
The aim of the Western efforts is to launch a heavy geopolitical and economic strike and reach the historical revanche. That?s why it's necessary to set stepping-up of efforts in opposition to the West on the direction of two-way trust relationship with non-"magnetized" countries, not forced in unilateral relations against Russia by the USA and UN. In parallel it?s necessary to concentrate efforts in gaining geopolitical weight of international and regional organizations whose work is based on multipolarity and distancing from the West.
Since the Ukrainian flywheel started to act, there are some achievements reached on these directions. Besides the Eurasian Economic Union, the results of the latest BRICS summit were important as well (the presidency soon goes to Russia). Despite the heavy western pressure, BRICS accepted some impressive decisions in strengthening multipolar and economic tendencies.
The bold steps in this direction are to be made by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It will be possible in September during the meeting of leaders of the member states. The following Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit will also be of special importance for Russia.
During the prevenient council of ministers of foreign affairs of APEC in late July in Dushanbe the decision pack was made for the leaders of the countries. Regional security still causes great concern. Everybody will lose without joint efforts in this field. Afghanistan raises alarm especially because of the withdrawal of UN forces. In fact, during the second election tour the winner has yet to be chosen. Moreover, the second tour made no positive contribution but only showed the major tenses between the country's political elites. All of this works in favor of the armed opposition. Within this framework the SCO uniting direct and regional Russian neighbors must produce joint efforts, principally in politics and diplomacy. That means, among other things, added security of borders and joint struggle against terrorism and drug traffic.
If the following Dushanbe summit shows corrected documents determining member liabilities and articles of full member status, it will be the direct way for the organization enlargement. Iran and India express interest to it and will be able to be the gainers of its geopolitical potential. But in the light of past world events there could be pauses between the new members' entries. Because of the Russian presidency in September, the western pressure on her partners could be heavy. It's also necessary to take into account the wishes of members to wait for the end of Ukrainian crisis or the backgrounds of conflict de-escalation.
Besides the important decisions, the meeting of ministers of foreign affairs showed differences on a number of issues, specifically Ukrainian crisis, which is sensitive for Russia. Accession of Crimea is the main concern of Russian partners in the SCO, as, according to them, it contradicts the international principle of territorial integrity (but nobody recalled the principle of national self-determination, declared by the UN). Neither the arguments of historical justice nor the people's decision expressed in the results of the Crimean referendum took effect.
The final document of the Dushanbe summit of SCO Ministerial Meeting confines to condolences associated with the tragedy of Malaysian Boeing crashed over the south-western Ukraine, which was obviously unsufficient.