Opinion: Is a US-Russia cold war an eternal war?
Editor's note: The US and Russia have agreed to hold a summit between two leaders in Helsinki on July 16, with hopes for a restoration of relations, which Putin has admitted were not in the "best of shape" recently. Why did the tensions keep growing between Russia and the West, as shown in the G7 Summit, and could these conflicts ever be resolved? Aleksandr Dugin, a Russian philosopher and political analyst, famously known as Putin's "brain," shares his insights with CGTN.
About the tensions between Russia and the West, I think that is a kind of logic of geopolitics.
Geopolitics is based on dualism, on the idea that there are two big global powers: sea power, and land power. And the history of relations between Russia and the West in the past, in the present as well as in the future is inscribed in this logic of confrontation between sea power and land power.
So a cold war is a kind of eternal war.
And when Russia is growing stronger, when it is becoming stronger, there's escalation, this confrontation grows as well. When Russia is weak, the West, sea power, the Western power has victory and so Russia is not so dangerous.
But when we are going stronger and that is the case in modern Russia, with Putin, the sea power considers that to be a kind of challenge and begins to strike back.
Now we have no empires, no ideologies, because Russia is a democracy as well as Western countries. But there is the same hatred toward Russia. So the ideologies change but the hatred remains.
So that is the geopolitical reason I have explained. When Putin came to power to stop the collapse of Russia and the Russian Federation, Russia began to emerge once more as an independent and sovereign power, not only in Eurasia, but in the Middle East as well and on a global scale.
When the Russian world is in danger, we could not let it happen, just as we didn't let the genocide of Ossetia and Abkhazia happen in Georgia, because not being Russian, Ossetians and Abkhazians, they consider themselves to be the part of the Russian world.
That doesn't mean they necessarily should be inside of the Russian state. The Russian world is not the same as the Russian state. They are two different things.
The growth of our influence, of our power, we will use not only to our egoistic interests but to create a just world order as well.
Source - CGTN