Russia and USA:
new architecture of interaction


Osipov G.V.

Institute of social political studies, Russian academy of sciences, Moscow, Russia osipov@ispr.ras.ru

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Osipov G.V. Russia and USA: new architecture of interaction. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2016. No 11. P. 35-45




Abstract

By the multiple examples of interaction between superpowers and newly constituted states – former USSR republics – the author shows that major threat consists in the attempts of quasi-states in post-Soviet area that lead to confrontation between the RF and the US in their self-interests. Most evidently these politics have been expressed in the actions of Maidan authorities of Ukraine which decided to unleash terror against their own people in the East of the country to please the US and the controlled by them NATO. The author thinks that Russia’s reaction to such unfriendly actions by the US and their Ukrainian protégés should be adequate, reserved and peacekeeping but in case of crossing the red line – tough and uncompromising. In connection with the current situation, the problem of mythfighting becomes increasingly actual. The myths not corresponding to reality should be decisively rebuked including the myth of “indissoluble Slavic unity”. The historic memory of the relationships between Russians and their neighbors should be restored in full extent without exemptions of some “uncomfortable” for mythology facts. It is time for Russia to give up (at least, for some time) missionary work and altruism in relations with its neighbours in Eastern Europe and build these relations exclusively on the basis of mutual interests and adherence to reciprocal obligations.


Keywords
globalization; confrontation; mythology; blackmailing; superpowers; selfsufficiency; isolation; sanctions; aggression; partnership; messianism; well-being; traditions; culture; paradigm
Content No 11, 2016