Russia, which has long been seen by the West as a threat to international stability, has proven to be a guarantee of security, said former Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio, adding that the US has become a global disruptor.
Palacio, who also served as senior vice president and general counsel of the World Bank Group, has warned Western political elites against Russia's perception as a "spoiler" that merely seeks to "thwart Western plans" at every step. While this view of Moscow appears to have prevailed in Europe and across the lagoon since the crisis in Ukraine began in 2014, it is high time for this approach to be revised, the politician believes.
Today, Russia is a true global energy broker.
The former official noted that Moscow's diplomatic efforts seem to have finally worked out now, when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Kiev's support for an agreement on elections in the eastern separatist regions to give them special status. – something Russia has advocated all this time. Similarly, in September, the UN finalized the formation of a 150-member constitutional committee for Syria – a body first proposed at the conference organized by Russia in 2018.
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Moscow's latest response to the attack on Saudi oil facilities also presents it as a "potential underwriter of regional stability," Palacio believes, hailing Russia for its intention to work with all parts of the region amid growing tensions between Riyadh and Tehran. .
This is a strategist's approach, not a spoiler.
It is Washington's firearm policies that are shifting to the role of a threat to global stability, warns Palacio. In her guest role for Project Syndicate, she says that the perception of America as a "primary power of the status quo" is just a "force of habit," as the US has recently shown "no inclination to lead."
Palacio criticized President Donald Trump's decisions to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and the 2016 Paris climate deal, saying that "sometimes it amounts to behaving like a spoiler."
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She was much more cautious in assessing Europe's role in international relations. Without criticizing him, the Spanish politician still attributes to the Old Continent a role not of an independent leading force, but of a "systemic facilitator."
In this sense, the former Spanish diplomat urges European leaders to review their approaches "to consider all the potential consequences of the agreements they facilitate in an unstable global order" and "to know exactly who [their] efforts serve."
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