Råkade hitta en intressant artikel där Lilija Sjevtsova (forskare vid Carnegie-centret i Moskva) sammanfattar och förklarar den anti-västliga trenden i Ryssland.
The closer we come to the end of Putin’s second term, the more the Kremlin needs to find an idea that would preserve everything it has achieved during the past eight years. Searching for enemies and casting the West in the role of the principal foe has turned out to be the most successful method for rallying the people. Russia has adopted an aggressive foreign policy rhetoric; Putin’s fiery Munich speech is a classic example. Anti-Western sentiment has become the new national idea, and national revival has taken the form of revisionism.
Den nya historiesynen (som jag tidigare skrivit om här, här och här) är väl en del av den där revisionismen. Men också väst har en del av skulden för det nya kalla kriget, skriver Sjevtsova i en annan artikel:
The West is also to blame for the current crisis through its failure to integrate Russia at the beginning of the 1990s. Instead, the West – mainly America – has merely presented the Russian elite with a series of pretexts to help perpetuate that ”enemy image”.
The Economist har ännu en intressant synpunkt:
Russia’s foreign policy has turned out to be self-fulfilling: by perpetually denouncing enemies on every front, it has helped to turn many countries from potential friends into nervous adversaries.