The Atlantic: The Ukrainian crisis has become a precursor to the new world order.

The Ukrainian crisis became the precursor of the new world order and marked the beginning of a dangerous era of international relations. Thomas Wright, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of the book “Aftershocks: Pandemic Politics and the End of the Old International Order,” told The Atlantic about the end of the unipolar world led by the United States.

According to the expert, the annexation of Crimea, the intervention in Syria, the construction of artificial islands by China in the South China Sea, the use of military power by Turkey indicates a change in the foreign policy environment. “The United States could treat, and sometimes treated, the geopolitical interests of rival or even friendly powers as a secondary matter. They can’t do that anymore,” Wright says.

According to the scientist, the decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin to concentrate troops on the border with Ukraine is necessary to resume a real discussion about the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the future of European security. Wright believes that the Russian side will use military force as a tool of coercion if negotiations reach an impasse.

“This crisis has to do not only with the Minsk agreements or the dispute between Russia and Ukraine. We are talking about the fact that we face a real prospect of seeing a sharp escalation of military confrontation between major powers, which will shake the international order to its foundations,” the expert concluded.