22 October 2019, 11:54
Russia's historical mission is to keep Europe from breaking away from the Christian tradition - Foreign Intelligence Service chief
Moscow, October 22, Interfax - The historical mission of Russia consists in keeping Europe from breaking away from the Christian tradition and attempting to create a "Brave New World," Russian Foreign Intelligence Service chief Sergey Naryshkin said.
"To Russia and Serbia, the events of WWII are an important reminder not only of the common historical fates of our peoples, of the glorious victories and heavy losses. The essence of the historical mission of Russia and other Slavic states, which is to do everything to keep Europe from fully breaking away from the Christian tradition and attempts to make a 'Brave New World' on Earth, is in a certain sense written upon this bloody page of world history,' Naryshkin said in his article published by the Belgrade newspaper Vecernje Novosti.
It does not matter whether such a "brave new world" is built on "the cult of racial exceptionalism, civilizational or technological supremacy, mass consumption or the totalitarian dominance of cyber technologies, for instance," Naryshkin said.
For a long time the order, laid down in Europe since the capitulation of Nazi Germany and abettors, had ensured peace and inviolability of borders on the continent.
"Abandoning it, without forming an equivalent, universally acceptable collective security system is tantamount to opening the Pandora box. What if we hold a thought experiment and imagine successive destruction of the 'pillars' of the current European order? What would, say, Lithuania which today slams the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, make of a recognition of the now invalid secret protocol thereto, which in 1939 gave away Vilna Governorate with the country's modern-day capital Vilnius? Or how would Poland look upon a prospect of giving up Silesia and a part of East Prussia?"
The late 20th century, "which brought about geopolitical tragedies for Russia and for Serbia" became an illustrative example of the high price that has to be paid for redrawing borders and "reformatting" certain elements of the world order, Naryshkin said.
"Regrettably, back then Moscow could not provide Belgrade with necessary assistance. Russia was too weak, worn out by the fight against domestic separatism and international terrorism... Twenty years on, the expectations of American political analysts failed to materialize: Washington building a unipolar world on the wreckage of other countries did not succeed."
The actions of the U.S. and its NATO allies failed to destroy the idea of the need to create a uniform international security system, making the Yalta-Potsdam principles all the more relevant in the modern-day, multipolar-leaning world.
"In this world, Russia is again one of leading powerhouses. Today our country, to the envy of many in the West, is characterized by strong values, powerful military potential, firm political will, and readiness for decisive action on international stage. We are ready again to stand up for ourselves and defend our allies and friends," Naryshkin said.