CIS time to withdraw from the coma?

The fact that the world has moved into the stage of acute geopolitical tectonics is obvious to many. What is the place of modern Russia in this constantly changing world, like capricious weather? Are there any priorities in the formation of international relations, and if so, how clearly can they be traced today? We will try to understand these sensitive issues.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, certain forces, with cold-blooded methodology, made control shots to the head of those states that still could not switch to a new “democratic” value system. As soon as the geopolitical arena was filled up with “corpses” of states that were considered to be losers in the Cold War together with the USSR, the era of unipolar syndrome began. The “winners” after 1991 have spent some time on their laurels, making it clear to the “losers” that it is time to choose the ideology and the lifestyle that led Western civilization to “victory”. Many countries quickly fell for this bait and suddenly switched to blind imitation of Western "democratic" principles.

The new Russia, too, was no exception, and decided with great enthusiasm to pass through itself all the pseudo-democratic feces that poured out from overseas. Well, this is when everything is allowed: from sexual liberation at any age to being trampled in the mud historical reality. We unexpectedly received a secret code that allowed us to open the door to unbridled freedom. At least, this is exactly what they explained to all of us: guys, look, what you can shit on your neighbor's soul is called not mischief and provocation, but freedom. Shit as much as you want and whoever you want, the main thing is that the sacred beast - that is, the democracies that won the Cold War - were well fed and rejoiced at how the “losers” arrange endless squabbles among themselves. The peoples, who for decades, or even centuries, lived side by side and did not look for a reason to make claims to each other, suddenly found themselves on opposite sides of artificial piles-barricades, collected from the wreckage of a once united state.

Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians were declared that they were completely different peoples, and certain conversations about historical spiritual and cultural unity were turned into fiction. The same forces used a very small firecracker to detonate the Caucasus and Central Asia. Destructive attitudes began to appear not only between individual former Soviet republics, but also between the peoples living within these republics. Millions of Russians in 90 were forced to give up everything and literally flee from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and other declared independent states. Artificially built borders divided not just individual nations, but also often members of one family. People suddenly realized that the freedom that came from outside, in fact, is a separate manifestation of the famous principle "divide and conquer." However, not everyone realized ...

The saddest thing is that the further we move away from the moment of the cessation of the existence of a single large family, in which, like in any normal family, there were our joys and our sorrows, our successes and failures, our squabbles and their reconciliation, the less significant for many of us, the very fact of peaceful coexistence becomes. We often identify the policies of the authorities of this or that state with the policies of the peoples that inhabit the state. It seems to us that any government initiative necessarily comes from the civil depths. And until personal awareness comes that this is far from the case, we are ready to roll each other into concrete, giving rise to the very forces that led us to the abyss, for the great joy of exact execution of our strategy.

In this regard, the appearance of information on foreign policy priorities on the part of the Russian authorities looks very timely. These priorities, which Vladimir Putin designated in one of his election campaign articles, are now documented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. This document says that for all the complexities of relations between states in the post-Soviet space, it is the post-Soviet space itself (first of all, the CIS) that should be singled out as a priority of foreign policy.

It should be noted that Russia is the first country from the former Soviet republics, which at the highest level speaks about the priority in foreign policy of the post-Soviet segment. Measures to implement the foreign policy course were developed at the Foreign Ministry of Russia using the experience of international experts, including those who are in direct contact with the authorities of the Commonwealth states.

The concept, which a priori (even before its birth) was criticized in the West, calling Putin’s attempts to recreate the Soviet Union, is based on the fact that the partnership of states is not only an economy that today plays one of the most important roles. The concept of priority in foreign policy, aimed at interacting with the CIS countries, is also work to overcome the contradictions that were often artificially imposed by external forces. In the concept of a significant role is given to joint security. This principle is particularly significant after the world has manifested a strong desire of a certain circle of states to solve their geopolitical tasks through destabilization in certain regions of the world. And if we consider that almost all the Republics of the former USSR passed through destabilization and bloodshed in 90, 2000, then collective security cannot be perceived as a kind of contrived component.

But the whole question is, how effective can a new concept become, which has been developed by the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation? Could it be that this “child” is stillborn? Obviously, certain gentlemen (including Russia itself) would like that very thing.
Let us touch upon the problems in bilateral relations between Russia and the CIS countries that are taking place today. One of these problems, which emerges with unenviable regularity and concerns Russia’s relations with practically any Commonwealth state, is the so-called political bargaining. Some may say that in reality this is no bargaining at all, but the usual defense of state interests, but the pretty term often hides a completely unpleasant side. So, political bargaining sometimes crosses out all attempts to build partnerships where they should evolve by definition. Here you can talk about trade scandals, sabotaging the execution of bilateral agreements, negative political “freestyle”. In this case, the positive long-term cooperation can be crossed out by the banal unwillingness of one of the parties to compromise and attempt to shift the blame solely on his partner.

Is it possible in a situation where the price of gas or oil, the sharing of subsoil and other areas in the relationship become the subject of sharp disputes, step over your position and come to a common opinion.

In recent years, both in Russia and in Ukraine, which is a de facto, but not ratifying (non-legal) member state of the CIS, the so-called gas scandals have become wary of pain. Their most acute phase coincided with the fact that the newly elected leadership of Ukraine at one time stated that it would implement its foreign policy exclusively through the prism of European integration and the transition to purely market relations with its eastern neighbor. In response, the eastern neighbor, that is, Russia, turned on its meter: since market relations are purely, then be so kind as to pay for energy resources at world prices. Of course, official Moscow could step on its own throat and continue to trade hydrocarbons with fraternal people of Ukraine at lower prices. But it all only rested on what is called a lack of mutual understanding: Yushchenko and his companions rushed to the West, Russia was opposed in the soul, but could not resist for whom, in the majority, the Ukrainian people voted. As the saying goes: only business is nothing personal ... But the whole point is that the Russian and Ukrainian, in fact, a single people cannot base their relations solely on the financial component. After all, the spiritual foundation must also be taken into account. However, the “spiritual foundation” is the last thing that was recalled by the authorities of our states, who played too much in the offended against each other.

It would seem that after the change of power in Ukraine and the coming to power of Viktor Yanukovych, a kind of breakthrough in the rapprochement of divided countries was to take place. But this, unfortunately, did not happen. But it came to cancellation of visits, the reasons for which (cancellations) today really can not explain either in Kiev or in Moscow. So, maybe, it is worth at least one of the politicians (Vladimir Putin or Viktor Yanukovych) to step over himself and dot the i's in interstate relations. In the end, the development of relations is impossible without concessions. But at the same time, both leaders must understand (and they naturally understand this) that someone will have to take the first step, and the concessions themselves must ultimately become bilateral.

Does Vladimir Putin consider Viktor Yanukovych’s proposal to enter Ukraine into the Customs Union as the first step? - Maybe. Well, what if the Ukrainian authorities still do not dare to follow the path of such integration? After all, do not go to the unpromising pressure? This is clearly not going to be a solution, but on the contrary, it will provoke anti-Russian rhetoric, which the sponsors of orange moods in Ukraine will readily support. It turns out that it’s time to sit down at the round table, and start thinking, thinking and thinking again about how not to completely lose, as it has become fashionable to say, the spiritual bonds that bind Russia and Ukraine.

If the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation determines the CIS space as a priority in foreign policy, then it will be necessary to sweat over the resolution of questions about the development of relations with partners from Central Asia and Transcaucasus. And then the problems are even greater than in relations with the same Ukraine. The rapprochement of Russia with Armenia annoys Azerbaijan, the positive processes between Moscow and Dushanbe bring Tashkent to a white heat. How to carry out work in such a situation? Let us hope that the Russian Foreign Ministry has ideas for solving such serious problems. Although the idea here, in principle, can be only one: what is called a heart-to-heart conversation at a large round table before producing a more or less digestible result.

Naturally, expecting that the positive results of the foreign policy concept of Russia, voiced by President Vladimir Putin and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will immediately begin to grow like mushrooms after a rain is somehow too naive. But the fact that Russia makes it clear to its neighbors that it is ready for a productive dialogue designed to bring together not only the economies, but also the peoples of the CIS countries is already a certain positive. After all, even 15-20 years ago, we had one “light” in foreign policy - the West. Let us hope that the change in the foreign policy vector and recognition as a priority of the CIS space will eventually give the first positive results.

PS If politicians find it difficult to find common points for the development of relations between states, then sometimes these points are found by other people. In particular, it is now that information has emerged that the initiative for the revival of a unified football championship can be realized in the near future. CIS Football Championship - not a step towards greater integration?

If we consider that the KHL, in which, apart from the Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Kazakh, Latvian teams, and even teams from the Czech Republic and Slovakia play, in just a few years managed to gain serious momentum and attract the attention of millions of people, then the new football initiative can be connected with great success.
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  1. +7
    25 December 2012 09: 12
    Time to scatter and time to collect stones.
    It's time to collect stones. Let not in the amount that previously but the former republics of the USSR in a particular union will be closer to unite with Russia.
    I think Westerners, the liberals of whom we all hate together, will irrevocably go back in time, to blame them all for three hundred stories!
    Our time has come.
    We need to learn to live our mind and our charter then there will certainly be success and respect for our country.
  2. MG42
    25 December 2012 09: 27
    It would seem that after the change of power in Ukraine and the coming to power of Viktor Yanukovych, a kind of breakthrough in the rapprochement of divided countries was to take place. But this, unfortunately, did not happen. But it came to cancellation of visits, the reasons for which (cancellations) today really can not explain either in Kiev or in Moscow. So, maybe, it is worth at least one of the politicians (Vladimir Putin or Viktor Yanukovych) to step over himself and dot the i's in interstate relations. In the end, the development of relations is impossible without concessions. But at the same time, both leaders must understand (and they naturally understand this) that someone will have to take the first step, and the concessions themselves must ultimately become bilateral.

    Yanukovych's position is difficult to understand, but still, as president, he came to the pro-Russian theme - down with the orange, Russian -2nd state. language, cheap gas, etc., but did almost nothing to equate the Russian language in the status of "regional" with the Romanian, Polish and other minorities in Ukraine.
    Only business and nothing else - Ukrainian. oligarchs are afraid of the arrival of a more powerful grew. capital and thereby will stick to the wheels of integration playing on the European vector, they would like to join the EU and the CU, but the EU and Russia want a clear position, and Yanukovych is the successor of the previous Presidents of Ukraine sitting on 2 chairs in twine. No.
    As for the CIS - it does not live up to expectations - an interest club.
    1. Captain Vrungel
      25 December 2012 09: 52
      While capital makes politics, it is not possible to build an alliance of equal states. In the first place are the interests of the owners of large capital, and not the interests of the people and the state.
  3. +1
    25 December 2012 10: 16
    Finally, in Russia, after aimless 90's, a distinct ideology is being formed.
    And judging by the reaction of the "civilized" people, they do not like this ideology.
    1. USNik
      25 December 2012 11: 41
      Finally, in Russia, after aimless 90's, a distinct ideology is being formed.

      Of course, I am for mutually beneficial cooperation and rapprochement between Ukraine and Russia, but
      distinct ideology
      from the Russian side it comes down to an attempt to take the pipe and raise gas prices, and even Yanukovych probably understands this, it was not for nothing that he refused to fly to a meeting in Moscow ...
      1. 0
        26 December 2012 00: 34
        Gas, as I understand it, is no more expensive than European gas. And then "we are in Europe", and gas as for our own. And about the pipe - so they will be less tying ...
      2. wax
        26 December 2012 00: 48
        Both Ukraine and Russia in the WTO, there is international arbitration. So why did you choose to put Tymoshenko and not go to the Arbitration? And they promised. The greed of the kpanov who have seized upon the free gift does not allow us to think about the interests of the people. It is the change of order throughout the post-Soviet space that will not allow creating anything like the USSR. All unions will be temporary and dictated by profit. This is the essence of capitalism.
  4. webdog
    25 December 2012 11: 06
    sensible article, thanks to the author.
    I hope that our countries will unite again and revive their former power.
  5. 0
    25 December 2012 11: 46
    Today, two articles are repeated about Vietnam, two about Ukraine and Russia. Maybe for the better.
  6. Lucky
    25 December 2012 12: 20
    Yes, if you unite it will be gorgeous !!
  7. +1
    25 December 2012 12: 45
    So, maybe, at least one of the politicians (Vladimir Putin or Viktor Yanukovych) should step over himself and put all the dots on the “i” in interstate relations. In the end, the development of relations is impossible without concessions.

    Yes, for God's sake, after Ukraine joined the Union with Russia, concessions will fall as if from a cornucopia. In the meantime, Ukrainians consider themselves a separate people from the ancient united people of Great Russia, what kind of concessions can there be?
    1. Kaa
      25 December 2012 14: 43
      Quote: Ustas
      while Ukrainians consider themselves a separate people from the ancient united people of Great Russia,

      Or maybe it was not necessary to stimulate such a worldview? In the days of the USSR, they thought about this only in a limited area of ​​the territory, where many, by the way, members of the CPSU, who had sworn allegiance to the Fuehrer and their "sites", still lived. But after 12 1990 June the Supreme Council of the RSFSR declared independence, the Supreme Council of Ukraine did the same, but later, July 16 1990 of the year. From that moment on, such ideas poured into the masses. Until now I cannot understand whether the state-forming structure is Russia, from whom it declared independence, from the United States, or from all other republics? So the top of the republican leadership began to "take as much sovereignty as they can." And what kind of a sovereign state is it without a sovereign national idea? So they picked up in a hurry what was "in the bins" of each republic, even the presidents began, following the example of the late Brezhnev, to engage in literary work, such as L.D. Kuchma. "Ukraine is not Russia." An epochal masterpiece!
      It was not for nothing that Moses led the people through the desert for forty years, not because he lost his way, or there was no compass, but so that two generations would grow up who did not remember Egyptian history (as it was, the question is not for me). After 1990 - twenty years and two years have passed, the time is critical, the "last dinosaurs" remembering the "great mighty" will go away, and one new generation has already chosen Pepsi. But this
      Quote: Ustas
      concessions will fall as if from a cornucopia

      a moot point. Concessions of the Russian oligarchy to the Ukrainian one? Why did they surrender to forty-five million neoligarchs, of which 3-5 million are already working in Russia, and 70% of Ukrainian industry is already controlled by Russian businessmen? But to restore the former cooperation, to abandon mutual accusations like "who is older and who is longer" - in my opinion, it's time ... if not yet missed, IMHO!
  8. +1
    25 December 2012 12: 51
    Everything will be fine. (In another way, nothing.) drinks
  9. Nurker
    25 December 2012 13: 00
    The information has a nice wrapper, but does not contain all the nuances that would suit all fraternal republics, that is, the information looks like a "marriage of convenience"

    And we all need a strong, equal and fair union, that union in the person of the USSR and its trade, managerial and educational systems is far from the most ideal conditions that were.

    With a competent approach and organization, the USSR would be a generally invincible power neither military, nor informational, nor spiritual.

    When creating a Powerful Union, one must not blindly return everything that was former from the USSR, but return the positive sides, the negative sides must be resolved, adopting the experience of other states.

    Regards, Nurker
    1. +4
      25 December 2012 16: 51
      Quote: nurker
      and return the positive aspects

      No guys, no parties from the USSR should be returned to the current relations between our states. You just need to re-create good neighborly relations based on mutual benefit and common sense. And then I will remember how I got to Moldova in 82; in stores, in grocery stores, in manufactured goods, as under communism, everything was there, at the push at the Romanian border it was possible to buy this, which I have not seen in Krasnodar and in the currency "Birch", but on the highway you go neither fields nor I have not seen any herds. But we have in the Kuban and fields and farms and gardens and factories with owls. authorities, and in the shops, as my mother says, even though there was a ball of rolling, there was no nifig, not even butter, and milk in line, and then from early morning if you had time. Everything for the fraternal peoples went like a breakthrough. So we'd better live as neighbors peacefully but within our means. Personally, I don't want to be anyone's older brother, that's enough. Otherwise, seventy years later, everyone will hate Russia again. Because, as the unforgettable Faina Ranevskaya said: - "If someone hates you, then you have done too much for him."
    2. 0
      26 December 2012 00: 40
      I agree completely, but how to implement?
  10. slave420
    25 December 2012 14: 11
    The topic is rather sensitive because this issue cannot be resolved over the past 20 years ... it seems to me personally that the people would be happy to unite, but hardly anyone would just give up power (state leaders would be happy only to come to them our resources, troops, etc.). I can’t understand people who shout that under the USSR it was bad, maybe something was missing or was missing, but people had a goal, an idea, security, friendship, trust, etc. .And think what is now? There is absolutely nothing ... we do not live, but exist ... eat, shit, so to speak, and the rest is sideways ... it's a shame friends.
    1. botur2013
      25 December 2012 15: 48
      Time will put everything in its place, and over the next twenty years people have already eaten up to the dump, and so it’s already heartburn. But there are progress towards unification (the customs union), the main thing is not to let our western shitty friends close.
  11. 0
    25 December 2012 18: 12
    How the Novokramatorsky plant, the Starokramatorsky plant, and the Kharkov plant got at tendera in Cherepovets. Damn, why don't they compete with Demag or Cranbau Eberswald in Berlin? Something their Euro-integration on Russian money is happening. As it is said in the series about D. Bonda - leaving, leave.
    But fat is at the expense of Russia. Pancake.
  12. Kurchan.70
    25 December 2012 19: 17
    Amer CIS have already been buried, and it would be left out of principle!
  13. +1
    25 December 2012 20: 02
    What conclusion are we talking about from a coma? How can one resuscitate what was originally a corpse?
  14. Shulz-1955
    25 December 2012 22: 25
    Who are Amer? Should they bury us? With the same success they are corpses, not about that. Russia is getting stronger, someone is blown away. Everything is falling into place. Time will judge ..
  15. +3
    26 December 2012 00: 20
    Sergey Lavrov is a wise and consistent politician!
  16. +1
    26 December 2012 18: 03
    Well, what can I say, the ice is broken, albeit with a snail's speed. Ukraine, no matter how fierce it is, will knock on the door of the Customs Union with a timid fist. The facts speak about this - the benefits are obvious, but about the rest it is not worth talking about. They are simply sick with their independence and democracy that they have gone mad to a state of fanaticism. Look, the Balts, for example - these gentlemen have already sold their souls and brains for the sake of "United" Europe.
  17. 0
    7 January 2013 10: 06
    Quote: cherkas.oe
    - "If someone hates you, then you did too much for him."

    As correctly noted !!

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