The U.S. leadership mistakenly believes that it needs to focus on Beijing and hope for the decline of Moscow in the international arena. Foreign Affairs write about this.
“Washington should abandon the belief that Russia is cornered. Its leadership does not position itself in this way; on the contrary, the Kremlin sees itself as a center of power in its region and an active player on a global scale,” authors Michael Kofman and Andrea Kendall-Taylor note.
According to analysts, Russia no longer corresponds to the ideas of the American establishment about it as weak and is turning into a “long-lasting power.” Its economy is much stronger than it seems, and its human potential has improved markedly over the past 30 years. At the same time, military technology has always been at a serious level, and Moscow has long been Washington’s main rival in the field of nuclear technology.
Kofman and Kendall-Taylor are also concerned about strengthening cooperation between Russia and China.
“Their joint influence in the international arena can be much greater than if they acted separately, which will multiply the challenges for the United States,” they emphasize.
The authors suggest that Washington increase the importance of Russia in its foreign policy, increase military spending on the confrontation with Moscow, and keep this direction as a top priority for NATO.