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"Cold war" in the 21st century is impossible – political scientist
16.11.2017 20:08

The Cold War and the bipolar world are unlikely to return in any form. And Russia's isolation is impossible, Alexei Gromyko Director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

The decline of Europe did not occur either after the First or after the Second World Wars, but Europe went into the shadow of two superpowers in the bipolar age - the USSR and the USA. Despite the difficulties of the Cold War, its conditions had something to do with stabilizing the situation in the world, when the two superpowers found a common language on issues of strategic stability. Greenhouse conditions were created so that the European integration project could actively develop and have support, as from the point of view of whom they should rally. Then it was the Soviet Union. The process had the full support of the United States, which viewed the European theater of political action as the main one. The Cold War, unlike Europe, was approaching to decline in the 80's and 90's. One can argue whether it has ended or continued, because now the expression for a new "cold war" is becoming popular, but in Europe, most researches show that the new "cold war" is as yet more like an idea or concept than the reality that the world has left risks of the two world blocks, divided by ideology, ties of alliances and opposing socioeconomic systems.

Now it's not the case, although some elements resemble of the era of the Cold War, manifested in the consolidation of confrontation structures that are quite similar to what happened during the Cold War. The arms race begins again a new military infrastructure is being built. Economically, we are not in a global market, where everyone is bound by the laws of a market economy. In fact, the world took a step back towards deglobalization, because with the help of sanctions, Western countries and organizations tried to take the sixth economy of the world out of the global economy by purchasing power parity.

The Cold War and the bipolar world are unlikely to return in any form, yet the world of the 21st century is a polycentric world, one can not isolate anyone, even North Korea is not an isolated country, it trades with China. So talking about attempts to isolate Russia is rhetoric, because Russia even tries to see the bright side even in such conditions. This concerns import substitution, the impulse of differentiation of our foreign economic policy, the development of strategic partnership with China, the development of organizations such as the BRICS, the G20 and the development of integration projects in Eurasia.

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