Russia’s new foreign policy to build a ‘Russian world’

Russia’s relations with the Western world are not going well due to the Russia-Ukraine war. In this situation, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the new foreign policy on Monday. His foreign policy calls for closer cooperation with Slavic countries as well as bringing China and India closer together. Putin’s policy is to strengthen Russia’s relations with countries in the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. News from Reuters.

Many say that Putin wants to build a new ‘Russian world’ instead of the Western world. Putin’s new foreign policy is based on that idea. This Russian world concept is primarily a concept of conservative ideologues. It is used by conservatives to justify intervention in other countries in support of Russian speakers. According to the foreign policy, Russia will ensure its progress along with the protection of the traditions and ideals of the Russian world.

Putin’s 31-page foreign policy is also presented as a ‘humanitarian policy’. He approved this foreign policy six months after the attack on Ukraine. On February 24, Putin ordered to attack Ukraine to protect the country’s Russian-speaking people and free it from Nazis.

According to the new foreign policy, as Russia will increase cooperation with Slavic countries, relations with China-India will be strengthened. Relations with the Middle East, Latin America and Africa will also be strengthened. In addition, relations with Abkhazia and Ossetia, which were recognized by Moscow after the war with Georgia in 2008, will be deepened. Moscow has also said to strengthen relations with Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic in Ukraine.

While Russia’s foreign policy calls for a humanitarian strategy, it mainly incorporates the concepts of Russian politics and religious government policies. This has included some hard-line issues, which seek to legitimize Moscow’s occupation of parts of Ukraine. In addition, support for separatist pro-Russian entities has also been added.

The Russian foreign policy also states that the Russian Federation will support the protection of the rights of Russian citizens abroad. They will help ensure the protection of their interests and preservation of Russian cultural identity. Relations with the Russian diaspora will promote Russia as a democratic country on the international stage and strengthen its image.

Putin has long been vocal about the plight of the 2.5 million Russian-speaking people outside Russia. In his view, since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, these people have been suffering from an irony of fate. He described the collapse of the Soviet Union as a geopolitical disaster.