UNITED NATIONS, December 29. / TASS /. The United States and Western countries have betrayed the trust placed in them after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia’s first deputy permanent representative to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, told reporters.
“Everyone thought that the West is our friend, that they really give us a helping hand so that we live in a better place, a better world and no one will ever remember the Cold War, the East and the from the West, ”he said. “But in the end things went very quickly differently.”
“We have seen that the intentions of our colleagues are not as innocent as they were presented at the beginning. We have seen many Americans and Europeans exploit our country, trying to divide it, to crush it, to destroy it. further divide Russia, promote separatism in Russia, to foster divisions between Russia and the newly emerged states, ”the diplomat continued.
He went on to say that the first ten years of modern Russian history were “very difficult, very difficult” and the country was “really on the verge of collapse”.
However, after this trend reversed in the 2000s, “we began to be seen as a threat by the West, by the United States.” “What we have now is kind of a Cold War remake, Cold War 2.0,” Polyansky said.
According to him, there is currently no reason to ideologically confront East and West.
“There is no communist ideology that Russia or whoever promotes it, our economic structure is very close to that of the United States or any other western country, but the confrontation is there and the efforts to present Russia as an enemy are also there, ”he said. “This of course reminds you of some conclusions that the issue was not about ideology but about geopolitical struggle, which is unfortunately back to existence at this time.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his annual press conference on December 23 that in the early 1990s the USSR did everything to establish normal relations with the West. According to him, the West should have treated Russia as a potential ally after the collapse of the Soviet Union and facilitated its strengthening instead of trying to induce “further disintegration”.