The official Kremlin’s foreign policy and economic decisions that may contradict the national interests of the Russian Federation. This opinion was expressed by the Russian economist and sociologist, the head of the Centre for post-industrial studies Vladislav Inozemtsev in his article “4 simple question about the foreign policy of Russia” for the Snob.
The power of the aggressor proclaim the most active friendship with the countries of the “Russian world”, or the former Soviet Union, where the share of ethnic Russians declined most rapidly from 90-ies till the present moment: “the share of Russian-speakers in a friendly Central Asia decreased by 2.8 times compared to 1989, whereas in the “fascist” Baltic States – a total of 19% (note: in Central Asia the process continued nondecreasing rate in the 2000s and 2010s years, whereas in the Baltic States at this time, he almost stopped)”. He notes that the most significant reduction of the Russian Diaspora (in 2.6 times) was observed in Kazakhstan.
“…if the new-fangled term “national traitors” and are looking for someone in Russia, primarily to people from the Kremlin and Smolensk square,” writes the Foreigners.
As for the allies of the countries of the former Soviet Union, their choice is also unclear, Inozemtsev continues. He recalled that in the ranking of UN human development in 2015, the aggressor was 50th. It makes sense to unite with those States that demonstrate the same or a higher level of development. However, if you look at the results of the vote on resolution A/RES/68/262 “territorial integrity of Ukraine” of 27 March 2014, it appears that Russia has supported countries whose positions in the world ratings of development is even lower.
Further, Russia is not only friendly, but trade with those countries with which to do it is unprofitable, Inozemtsev continues. It analyzes the volume of Russian exports to Venezuela, Libya, Mongolia, and comes to the conclusion that even in the conditions of preservation of conditions for the export of these countries will in fact get the goods from Russia for free at 5-20 years or more.
“In other words, we mostly make friends with those who cause us most harm,” – emphasizes the Foreigners. He also recalled that Russia as the successor wrote off so partners a huge debt to the USSR in those moments when they were more than willing to pay the bills. “…in the period 2000-2007, 2012-2014, and Russia wrote off an average of $14 billion annually,” he says.
Against this background, the aggressor turns to those who really supported her economically and financially – with Western investors. “Why it is done, it is not entirely clear. It seems to me that here we are trying to exchange benefits already available on certain future preferences and capabilities, however, is a clear indication that this exchange is successful, not,” – concludes the Foreigners.