What are the differences in thinking, political strategy-

What are the differences in thinking, political strategy-

Currently, Russia has reached an unprecedented situation once Vladimir Putin gave the order for the invasion of Ukraine. About this, Alexander Baunov, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, wrote an opinion about how the population of Russia has come to live now.

Thus, Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine brought many changes that put Moscow at a disadvantage. Vladimir Putin is said to challenge the world order, and he seems proud to do so.

But one could hardly say that Russia is the only country dissatisfied with the current world order. Take the US, for example, the supposed global hegemon.

In the historical context, for over 60 years, America has had to endure an ideological enemy just a stone’s throw away, Cuba.

The US is unable to force its own companies to repatriate their production from developing countries. She is currently being humiliated day by day. Americans wake up every morning to see on the news Russia bombing a country they and their allies support. American leaders know from experience that a forceful intervention could make matters even worse.

Vladimir Putin had no fear

In the comparable context, in his struggle to change the world order, Putin was not afraid to destroy the existing one. Russia has bet everything on its size and power, banking on the prospect that attempts to exclude it from the world order will lead to the collapse of that order — or, at the very least, that the economic costs will force the West to adapt to Russia’s needs, reports The Wall Street Journal.

In their claims, “They will return to their knees,” the Russians say about the sanctions and the exodus of Western brands, from Coca-Cola to Boeing. The source of this self-confidence is unclear. Not one of those companies – or the Western economy as a whole – relies on the Russian market to achieve success.

Russia had no role to play in the post-war economic miracles of Japan, Spain, South Korea or West Germany. Asian tigers became tigers and Western Europe turned into a continent populated by a middle class without having any presence in the Russian market.

Even China managed an economic boom, but not by selling down jackets in Russia in the 90s. There is hope that the Russian substitute of McDonald’s will be able to reproduce the familiar taste of the products of the American chain, but it has no prospect of going to the global market.

The world changed after the war

The world has changed in many ways as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but it can hardly be said that it is becoming a more favorable environment for Moscow’s ambitions. Finland and Sweden are on the verge of joining NATO. The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which before the war was expected to start transporting Russian gas any minute, now sits idle. The number of countries eliminating the need for visas for Russians increased every year; from now on.

State media company RT had enjoyed some success in the global information market; now it’s blocked everywhere in the EU. Some Western officials had tacitly recognized Crimea’s de facto status as a Russian possession.

Lithuania was a reliable transit hub for all goods bound for the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad; now they are trying to limit transit, interpreting EU sanctions as strictly as possible. Even friendly China now has more leverage to get huge discounts on purchases of Russian oil and gas.

In changing the world order, Russia discovered that it was not only a victim, but also a part of it—even a beneficiary.