Putin’s world is fast approaching

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on 17 February 2016 near Moscow. Photo: kremlin.ru

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on 17 February 2016 near Moscow. Photo: kremlin.ru 

2017/03/20 - 02:42 • Op-ed

Article by: Jared Feldschreiber

Two days before Donald J. Trump became president of the United States, Politico’s Paul Taylor wrote a prescient piece that encapsulated the long-term gains Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes for a greater Russia.

“The U.S. (at the time) is rightly alarmed at the possibility of a Yalta-style deal that would redraw the Continent’s geopolitics with dire consequences for the European Union and its eastern neighbors,” wrote Taylor. “They should use early contacts with the new administration to warn of the bear traps into which an inexperienced leader in a hurry could fall. To make that message more credible, they should also respond constructively to Trump’s demand they spend for their own defense.”

In essence, Taylor warned of Russia’s endgame, which clearly exhibits a desire to restore hegemony over former Soviet countries.

Interestingly enough, as Taylor’s article went to print, Hungary’s president met with Putin, two autocrats meeting mano a mano. “We all sense, it’s in the air, the world is in a process of substantial realignment,” said Viktor Orban in his joint press conference with the Russian leaders. “We believe this will create favorable conditions for stronger Russian-Hungarian relations,” he said.

This should give the world pause, as populism is being normalized. While Dutch voters rejected its populist candidate last week, Putin’s tough guy approach to all things, and shunning diplomatic channels, appear to be mainstay.

Haven’t we seen this movie before? Three years ago Ukraine’s then pro-Kremlin President Yanukovych shunned an expected European Union deal to help his country out of debt. The ex-president looked to Putin’s Russia for its 15 billion dollar bailout. As a result, young idealists led massive protests throughout Kyiv, and ultimately blood spilled when the soon-to-be ex-president called in snipers.

Putin’s popularity in Budapest, as well as by right-wing governments, is cause for concern, since his autocratic model appear more and more En Vogue. Trump fashions himself in that vein, and sees himself as another in the long line of stalwart leaders protecting his country from lax borders.

Kremlin wants a grand bargain with the West, and particularly with the United States, that gives it a free hand in Ukraine. Putin may get it from Trump who after all basks in his own glory, and rewards those who flatter him.

This may result with a modern day Yalta Conference, of sorts, in which Putin will be viewed as a savior, and his country’s leadership serves as the antidote to western liberalism. In July 2015, Putin hosted the BRICS summit of emerging economies in UFA. There, leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa addressed billion-dollar initiatives. According to those who attended, healthcare, education, and labor issues were addressed, as well as ways to combat illegal drug trafficking and terrorism. The countries also discussed the creation of a development bank. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

“There is a real danger that a deal with Putin would accelerate the unraveling of the political West and play into Putin’s strategy of making Russia great again – indeed greater than it was under the czars and commissars,” concluded Taylor. Nuanced soft diplomacy is needed in these tumultuous times, and the Putin-Trump style of governing must be monitored, particularly by those who value the learned approach to diplomatic stagecraft.

Jared Feldschreiber

Jared Feldschreiber chronicles press freedom cases, ambassadors, and dissidents. He also writes cinema and theater analyses, is a published poet, and continues to pursue his film projects. His portfolio can be found at http://bit.ly/20XOcLq and one can follow him @jmoshe80.

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  • Rafael Hernandez

    The world will be much safer when Russia and US work together. Eversince 1991 we’ve seen an inncreased sheer of violence in the world, particulary from U.S. A strong Russia will make the world safer.

    • Mykola Banderachuk

      the world is a more dangerous place with a fake country called the Russia. you are wrong.

      • Rafael Hernandez

        Is that what Yarosh told you? ha ha ha

        • Quartermaster

          Russia is not a country. It’s an empire. There is a huge difference.

          • Njordheim

            And (u)Kraina is part of it – All Ru needs to do is get rid of Galician Scum!

          • Quartermaster

            Ukraine will soon be able to get rid of the Russian filth polluting the Donbas and Crimea. Putin’s economy is fast declining and he will find himself dining on ashes, if the Russian people don’t hang him first.

          • Njordheim

            Except for Western Ukraine / Galicia, which is Polish territory and Catholic-influenced, “Ukraine” is Russian territory and “Separate Ukrainian identity” is USSR-Khazarian invention.

          • Quartermaster

            You may embrace any fantasy you wish to embrace. I will point out, however, that the USSR thing is shear idiocy. There was no separate Ukrainian identity within the USSR.

          • Njordheim

            Ukraine NEVER existed within Russian Empire. Right? The identity and a status of “socialist republic” was invented during USSR and all of you know that already.

            Novorossiya was not created as some theoretical project; it was born through an explosion of the Russian historic self-awareness; an explosion unexpected for all – including Moscow, the Kremlin, the Russian public.

            Something that is hidden in the sub-consciousness in all of us – the yearning for the recreation of the Orthodox Russian Empire. Many have not yet realized what is Novorossiya, why it created such an enthusiasm in the society and why so many people went to defend it even at the cost of their own lives. That is because the idea of the Russian unity has survived under the layer of the dead ideology of the last hundred years.

          • Quartermaster

            As I pointed out earlier, you can embrace any fantasy you like. Nevsky would disagree with you on Ukraine, given he murdered the Prince of Ukraine at the feet of the Mongol Governor at Kazan.

            I don’t expect you to like the facts, being a Putinist shill and troll, but there it is anyway.

            By the by, Putin’s Novorossiya project is dead. The Ukrainian people rose up and prevented it.

        • MichaelA

          no its what the facts tell us
          too bad you cant handle the truth
          how putin is destroying russia

        • Njordheim

          Are you heating the UkrNaZZi hard or slacking?

      • Njordheim

        I saw a dog this morning taking a dump on a flag just like yours – UkrNaZZi.

    • zorbatheturk

      The rest of the world wants nothing to do with the rogue state of Putinistan. Bogov you Kremlin mook. Eat a raw porcupine sandwich.

      • Rafael Hernandez

        You are confusing the rest of the world with typical Russophobic states like Ukraine, Poland and the baltic states. These are also pretty useless countries.

        • Quartermaster

          They are not “Russophobic” as you claim. they have real concerns for good reasons. As things stand now, the US is not going to be working with Putinstan. Neither is Europe.

        • zorbatheturk

          Drink a porcupine shake, kremtard.

        • MichaelA

          no, the rest of the world
          who supports russia?
          north korea?

    • Brent

      “The World is safer with a strong Russia”?
      >tell that to the 10,000 Ukrainians who died unnecessarily when Putin decided he had to come “protect” them
      >tell that to the half a million Syrians who have died as a result of Putin helping the butcher Assad kill them
      >tell that to the hundreds of thousands of Chechens he had killed when he invaded there
      >TELL THAT TO YOUR WALNUT BRAIN CELLS WHO HAVE BEEN IRREVOCABLY BEEN DAMAGED BY YOUR CONSTANT REGURGITATION OF RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA

      • Rafael Hernandez

        > Most have been done by the Ukrainian army. As of now 3000 soldiers have died while 2000 civillians and 5000 seperatists and freedom fightets have been killed.

        >If you paid any attention to the conflict millitant islamists were trying to take Damascus and Allepo, and Assad had to fight these scums to the ground, to your frustration.

        Chechnya is Russian territory, and in 1999 they blew of several apartments in Moscow. And also because chechnya were breeding militant islamists at the time, Putin had to intervene in order to stop the islamists, which you adore so much.

        I am sorry that your country has failed, Russia is becoming a superpower again, and there is nothing you can do about it. Well you can go and die for one of your “opposition groups” in Syria to fight the Russians. No-one besides your hamster will miss you(NOT) ha ha ha ha 😉

        • Quartermaster

          Russia is failing. It will never be a superpower again. It’s days as even a regional power are numbered.
          Most of the deaths in the Donbas and Crimea have been at the hands of Russians. You can tell all the lies you like, the facts have already escaped Putin’s captivity and there’s no going back.

        • MichaelA

          the russian army is responsible for the deaths of over 10000 ukrainians
          and over 3000 russian boys died too
          because the fascist russian army could not defeat the ukrainian people

        • Njordheim

          Braddy is disgruntled, old Khazarain Baboon who yaks like a donkey!

    • MichaelA

      a strong russia has not existed since 1991
      putin has made it weaker

  • Terry Washington

    Depends what you mean by”Russia and the US working together” . If you mean a second Yalta style conference in which Ukraine and other Soviet republics will be consigned to the Kremlin’s “sphere of influence” in perpetuity, then I would have to say, “No Thanks!” as would Ukrainians, Balts, Poles and other Eastern European nationalities! To quote Karl Marx, history repeats itself first as tragedy then as farce!

    • MichaelA

      true
      and most US lawmakers also say no thanks
      so its not going to happen
      too bad for vlad

  • zorbatheturk

    There can be no deals with a centipede like Putin. Putin needs to be planted in the ground upside down.

  • Czech Mate

    ruSSia is on the brink and Putler flailing. Once his criminal regime is brought to justice and ruSSkies serve their punishment, things will be able to normalize again.

    Look how Serbs learnt their lesson, the ruSSkies will too.

  • Njordheim

    PUTIN #1 – Khazarain Rabid Trolls on this site all know that and that Hurts!!