Probably no need to try to get to the answer - who started and who is to blame. The origins of mutual distrust, rivalry and enmity are rooted in World War II. By the end of which there are only two real forces in the world. Forces following each other, fearing the power of each other and wishing to destroy a competitor.
We will not touch stories confrontation between the two powers during the Cold War. We start from the moment of our euphoria from “perestroika” and “publicity”, from the feeling that the whole world is our friends and brothers. Recall how easily the Soviet Union collapsed, how Yeltsin’s Russia slipped from greatness and strength to shame and poverty. Recall how our "American friends" first slowly, and then faster and faster, cleaned up the hands of our allies. As we meekly surrendered one position after another, until the bombing of Serbia and the rejection of Kosovo did not show even the most distant of us, to which we can come if we do not fight back. But 90 passed, zero arrived, and Russia gradually began to climb out of the hole into which it landed. From that moment began the real duel of the two empires. At first, timidly, and then stronger and stronger, Russia began to respond to blows!
Let's follow the course of the fight.
2000. Russia regains control over Chechnya.
2001 United States launched a military operation in Afghanistan.
2002 Russia creates the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
2003 — 2005 The United States invades Iraq and rolls in technology "color" revolutions. In Georgia, put President Saakashvili. In Ukraine, the bet is made on Yushchenko.
In Lebanon, the withdrawal of Syrian troops Bashar Assad.
In Kyrgyzstan, seeking the expulsion of the pro-Russian President Askar Akayev.
In Uzbekistan, however, an attempt to revolt was resolutely suppressed by President Islam Karimov, which immediately caused US condemnation and sanctions.
2008 Russia protects South Ossetia from the Georgian invasion and smashes the pro-American army of Saakashvili.
2011-2012 The United States begins the cycle of revolutions of the Arab Spring.
The revolution in Tunisia.
The revolution in Egypt and the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.
The revolution in Yemen and the overthrow of President Saleh.
The civil war in Libya, the overthrow and murder of Muammar Gaddafi.
NATO is openly fighting on the side of the rebels.
The Syrian civil war between supporters of President Assad and the US-backed insurgents.
Chaos in North Africa and the Middle East. Strengthening Islamic extremists and the emergence of ISIS.
2013 Russia does not allow the United States to crush Syria, agreeing to eliminate the Syrian chemical weapons.
2014-2015 The United States is organizing a coup in Ukraine. The weak president Yanukovych is overthrown, nationalists and supporters of the United States come to power.
Russia includes Crimea, ridding it of chaos, instability and civil war that began in Ukraine.
The pro-Russian militia of Donbass is smashing the pro-American army of Ukraine, led by nationalists and proteges of the United States.
The United States and its allies are imposing a sanctions regime and are trying to achieve the international isolation of Russia.
The increasing chaos in North Africa and the Middle East. Flows of refugees from Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria swept Europe.
Russia amid the failures of US policy in the Middle East and Africa, amid desertion and joining ISIS, trained by the USA, Syrian opposition units, amid a massive influx of refugees into Europe frustrates the US attempt to leave it in international isolation and joins the fight against ISIS Syrian government. Operation begins to support our aviation Syrian troops.
What will happen next and where will the USA strike?
Will provoke clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh?
They destabilize the situation in Kazakhstan, where the question of what will happen after Nazarbayev begins to be raised?
Use instability in Tajikistan and tensions in the Osh Valley in Kyrgyzstan?
Is fermentation used in Moldova so that we will have to react in some way, defending Transnistria?
Destabilize Belarus? (But so far, at least outwardly, Lukashenko is in control of the situation, and his age does not cause concern (as is the case with Nazarbayev.)
I can definitely say that they are required;
- they use Ukraine, if not as the main attack, then as a deceitful, diverting maneuver of one hundred percent;
- will begin to inflate in the world press rumors about the victims of Russian attacks among civilians and moderate opposition in Syria. There may be reports of downed Russian aircraft or shot down by Russian NATO aircraft, erroneous and inaccurate actions of Russian aviation.
And one more important point. Joining the fight against ISIS increased the risk of terrorist attacks against the people of Russia. This idea will be intensely exaggerated in order to create an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty within the country. Any failures of the army, a downed plane, a dead or captured pilot, will surely cause a storm of criticism from homegrown "fighters for a free world and democracy" working for American wages! Every opportunity to weaken Russia will be used by the United States to the full!
In general, the ball in this terrible game is now on the side of the USA, and we can only wait, trying to predict and prepare the meeting where it will fly! And now we have to work on our next blow!
And I, because I do not want chaos and destruction at home, next time I will go and vote for Putin! Thanks to the Americans!