U.S. Ambassador To U.N: Russia Trying To Overthrow World Order Established After WWII

U.S. Ambassador To U.N: Russia Trying To Overthrow World Order Established After WWII

Russia Fostering world disorder, Says U.S. Ambassador to U.N.

Samantha Power, the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said Russia is following an aggressive and destabilizing course which will endanger the international order we have known for decades. While speaking to the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C. think tank, Power gave a detailed critique of Russia’s foreign and military actions, and declared that it is essential for the U.S. to maintain sanctions on Moscow while supporting NATO, both policies criticised by president-elect Donald Trump. As reported by Reuters, during her speech, Power referred to,

“Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, support of the Syrian government in the country’s civil war and efforts to influence elections in the United States and other Western democracies. She concluded that “Russia’s actions are not standing up a new world order. They are tearing down the one that exists.”

According to the U.S. diplomat, Moscow has been using a strategy of lies and constant denial of actions, evading all responsibility for the consequences and effects on the international arena and world order. Donald Trump, however, has repeatedly claimed he will improve relations with the Kremlin starting with the removal of sanctions. This, Trump has said, will be done in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal, which Power believes could be a dangerous move:

“Easing punitive measures on the Russian government when they haven’t changed their behavior will only embolden Russia.” 

The strategy of Moscow has also been aimed at undermining the stability of the Unites States and its allies. The idea is to exploit internal divisions (in the case of the U.S., deep partisan divides) to weaken its rivals and, according to Vox, to then install a pro-Russian leader. Other examples of this are ethno-regional tensions in Ukraine, or fears about immigration in France. 

“At first glance, these interventions by Russia in different parts of the world can appear unrelated. That is because the common thread running through them cannot be found in anything that Russia is for — but rather in what Russia is against.”

It is not far from the truth that Moscow has tried to change the world order that we have known for decades, but it would be unfair to say that Donald Trump has not contributed to this disorder. U.S. friends and allies are unsure about the future of their relations with America, while former geopolitical foes like Russia are now becoming friends. And Power is not the only one who believes this. Trump’s U.N. pick to replace Power, Nikki Haley, although backing many of Trump’s ideas, said on Wednesday at her confirmation hearing, that:

“she considered Russian actions in Syria such as bombing hospitals ‘war crimes,’ condemned Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and said she would oppose easing sanctions until Moscow changes.”

With some luck, Donald Trump will follow someone else’s advice concerning Russia before we cease to have the world order that we know; the one that has kept international conflicts from escalating to another world war.

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From Mexico City, Carolina has lived in five different countries, experiences she defines as the most enriching. She has focused her studies and work on international conflicts and international security issues, diplomacy and protocol. Carolina holds two MA degrees and hopes to begin her PhD studies soon.

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From Mexico City, Carolina has lived in five different countries, experiences she defines as the most enriching. She has focused her studies and work on international conflicts and international security issues, diplomacy and protocol. Carolina holds two MA degrees and hopes to begin her PhD studies soon.

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