‘Cold War’s’ American doctrines again in use


The speeches delivered at the international security summit in Munich were a real cold shower to those theorists, who strongly believed that the Cold War ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

There is an impression that the Cold War, being in a latent phase, has some tensed manifestations.

The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev voiced an issue:

“We can be straight in our announcements, Russia and the West have returned to the Cold War or the relations have reached a new "cold war" level. Almost every day the most dangerous threats to NATO, Europe, the United States are announced.”

In this context, the Russian head of government stressed that the West should abandon the Russia's "doctrine of containment" plans and unite efforts to resolve the issues.

First, let's grasp the contents of Medvedev's words, what ‘doctrine of containment’ is and understand whether this was the very policy of the US and NATO towards Russia.

The author of the "doctrine of containment" was an American diplomat George Kennan, who defined the theoretical formulation of this policy in 1947 which came into use in the American geopolitics.

Kennan was proposing to permanently retaliate Russians in all those areas where there was a tendency of aggression.

American politicians believed that without the containment policy adopted by the US, the Soviet Union would have inevitably expanded in Europe.

Under the rule of Truman "the doctrine of containment" found a practical use, as the US made efforts to isolate the Soviet Union from its allies. The implementation of the ‘Anaconda’s strategy’ started, which meant compressing the ring by the Soviet Union and its allies.

One day the anaconda would strangle its victim, as it happened in case of the fall of the USSR.
Although the phase, succeeding the collapse of the USSR and the "Warsaw Pact" cancellation, is described as a period of post-Cold War, the US policy towards Russia proves the opposite.

NATO’s expansion to the East, colorful revolutionary parades in the zone near the Middle East, is nothing else than an implementation of the restrictive policy.

The United States seeks to prevent not only Russia’s expansion, but also to compress the siege ring.

Just two decades ago it would seem unimaginably, that Ukraine and Georgia would have turned their backs on Russia.

NATO is constantly expanding to the East and the membership of Georgia and Ukraine to NATO is not ruled out.

Anaconda is gradually tightening its ring, maybe in the next phase the federal entities will be against Russia.

P.S. The World carries the burden of terrorism, carried out in every single corner of the Earth and only Russia poses a great threat to the US national security.

By Anna Barseghyan

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