Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech on the current conception of the country’s foreign policy this Wednesday (5) during the ceremony for the presentation of credentials of the new ambassadors of 17 states.
In particular, US Ambassador Lynn Tracy, the first woman to represent the country in Russia, was present. Addressing her, the Russian president said that the use of so-called “color revolutions” by the US in its foreign policy led to today’s Ukraine crisis.
“The US foreign policy use of instruments such as the so-called ‘color revolutions’ and the consequent support for the coup d’état in Kiev in 2014 led to the Ukrainian crisis and the degradation of US-Russian relations. But we have always advocated building relations between the Russian Federation and the US on the basis of equality, respect for sovereignty and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs. We will continue to do so in the future,” Putin said.
The speech to the ambassadors served for Putin to reiterate the new conception of Russia’s foreign policy, disclosed last March 31st. The document provides a doctrine based on a multilateral view of the international order and cites Western countries as states hostile to Moscow. The conception of Russia as a “civilization-state” was also cited, which gives Russia a particular position in the world.
“Russia has established itself as an original country-civilization, a stronghold of the Russian world, one of the sovereign centers of world development, playing a unique role in maintaining global balance,” the document says.
In his speech to the ambassadors, Putin stated that this unique conception is justified by “an ancient experience of an independent State, a rich cultural heritage, developed over many centuries, the ability to ensure the harmonious coexistence of various peoples, ethnic, religious and languages in its vast territory”.
The Russian president highlighted that this notion follows a multi-vector policy with the awareness of “special responsibility to maintain stability and security at the global and regional levels”.
Putin stressed that the country is “open to constructive dialogue with all countries, without exception”. According to him, Moscow does not intend to “isolate itself from anyone” and “has no prejudiced and even more hostile intentions towards anyone”.
Editing: Thales Schmidt