Discuss the roots of russophobia

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There was a time when he was boldly talking about resetting with the former president Barack Obama and famously in love with all technology. He even brought the Silicon Valley concept to Moscow, where he started the Skolkovo Innovation Center. Now he is ignited with other ideas.

In a social media outburst laden with warnings also about the potential of a nuclear war, Dmitry Medvedev told the West not to “choke the saliva in the paroxysms of russophobia!”

Russian Today, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has used that term a few times.

At a conference in Tajikistan, where at one point he was practically choked by a herd of weeping peacocks, the Russian senior diplomat accused the Lithuanians who voted this week to declare war on Russia. Ukraine “genocide” of russophobia.

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Russian officials have accused the West and others of being anti-Russian for a long time, but they appear to be increasing their use of the word as they wage their war in Ukraine. Nowhere do they publicly link their newly acquired semi-pariah status with their actions in Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a ceremony on Friday May 6, 2022.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a ceremony on Friday May 6, 2022.
(Russian Foreign Ministry)

“You know, when the Russian people learn about the removal of the (Soviet-era) monuments and the obliteration of Tchaikovsky, the conclusion they draw is that they want to have nothing in common with such a Europe“Dmitry Suslov told Fox News.

Suslov, a well-known Russian political scientist close to government circles, is also deputy director of the Higher School of Economics.

Russia, in general, was not at the center of controversy or sweeping punitive measures or ostracism until the annexation of Crimea and this war in Ukraine which killed thousands of innocent civilians in less than three months.

But Suslov is convinced otherwise, and that the former satellite states of the Soviet Union have joined NATO to actually get to Russia. Russia is now using US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austen’s recent comments to prove their point of being victims and justify a tightening of their line.

“The turning point really came after Lloyd Austen’s famous statement when he said that the purpose of the United States is to weaken Russia. As soon as the Russian people hear it, this becomes a patriotic war. This is no longer a war against. Ukraine in Ukraine. This is a war against Russia. You know, it really consolidates the people around the flag. ”

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Austen’s comments were in the context of the end of the war in Ukraine, not general animosity towards Moscow, and when I point out that Suslov retorts: “Such an approach is a manifestation of strategic blindness or strategic frivolity because it is impossible to end a war. through the weakening of a nuclear superpower. The longer the US tries to weaken Russia by depleting its military resources in Ukraine, the greater the chances of escalation and escalation are far more likely than Russia accepting any kind of weakening or defeat in Ukraine. It is simply impossible not to understand. “

And Suslov believes the West is encouraging Russia. “Those in the US who openly say they want to end this war by weakening Russia, from the Russian point of view they want Russia to use nuclear weapons. They want Russia to lead this escalation, which once again proves my point. That Ukraine for the United States is not a country they want to protect or save. Ukraine for the United States is just a pawn, just a waste of material they use in their hybrid fight against Russia. “

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, welcomes UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for talks in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday, April 26.
(Maxim Shipenkov / Pool photo via AP)

When I press Suslov about why the United States would like Russia on its knees if there were not a war over, goes back to President Putin’s old complaint that the world is no longer multipolar, that is, Russia is no longer one of the two world-recognized superpowers.

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This transgressive talk does not bode well for a swift end to this war. The language of leaders and diplomats has become more rude, the readings of the phone calls with Putin are increasingly different for each interlocutor and the prospects for diplomatic solutions are not discussed. When a Russian-language TV reporter Current Time approached Sergei Lavrov to ask him a question today as he walked out of his meetings, the top Russian diplomat told him to go talk to the peacocks.