Russia reportedly intends to shift the line of strategic defense to Tajikistan’s border

16/09/2015 15:17
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, September 16, 2015, Asia-Plus – A study by two Belarusian researchers entitled “The New Geo-Strategy of Russia: Consequences and Challenges for the Architecture of International Security” says that the Kremlin’s current geopolitical policy for the next one to four years consists of six elements.

The study by the two experts at the Belarusian Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Research that was released on September 14, in particular, say that Moscow’s “new geo-strategy” consists of six aspects.

The first aspect reportedly includes shifting the line of strategic defense from its own borders to a line passing along the western border of Kaliningrad oblast, Belarus, Ukraine, Transnistria, the southern borders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Eastern Europe and along the eastern and southern borders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan in Central Asia.

The second aspect provides for promoting instability in countries along this strategic perimeter as an instrument of reducing the influence and presence in these regions of other world and regional powers.

The third aspect includes promoting tension in regions of the world which occupy a priority position in the foreign policy agendas of key world powers, above all in the Near East and in the Asian-Pacific region.

The fourth aspect includes supporting the intensification of conflicts which could lead to an increase in the price of oil on world markets, above all in the Middle East but also in Central Asia.

The fifth aspect provides for undermining the unity of the Euro-Atlantic world, the disintegration of the EU and NATO and also an intensification of tensions in relations between other world powers and regional states, above all between the US and China and the US and Iran.

The sixth aspect reportedly includes deepening Russia’s critical involvement in global and regional processes in order at suitable moments to exchange one’s positions for recognition by the world powers of the post-Soviet space as an exclusive sphere of Russian interests.

Over the long term, the Belarusian researchers say, Moscow expects these trends to work to its advantage and ensure that Russia’s prospects will “essentially improve” and that it will find support in a variety of places because its interests correspond with those of many around the world.  

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