Kurginyan: Putin lays the foundation for an era of divergence with the West

21.01.2020, Moscow.

In his recent statements, Putin has laid the foundation for an era of divergence, a new course of actions aimed at separating away from the Western community, said the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan on January 19 on the air of the Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov TV Program on the Russia One channel.

The strategic novelty of the proposals that the President of Russia made during his address to the Federal Assembly, according to the political scientist, is the fact that it was the head of state, and not some representative from the community of historians, who started defending Russian history by clearly stating his position.

It seems to me, that the most important strategic point made was when the Russian President declared his position with respect to history and its key issues, such as: the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact [the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the USSR, 1939] and so on. I’d like to stress that this was stated by the Russian President, and not by a professor of history, the scientific community, leading television journalists, the parliament, or anyone else. It is an event of great importance in the life of the country and the world,” said Kurginyan.

According to the political scientist, this point bears such strategic significance because of what the West says about the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which is considered an axiom to the Western worldview. And the Russian President attacked these axioms.

In his comments, Kurginyan recalled that Kissinger and others voiced the possibility of convergence, integration, between the Soviet economy and Western capitalism during the era of perestroika. Now, in contrast, Putin is beginning an era of divergence, rather than convergence – a course aimed at separating Russia away from integration into Western society, said Kurginyan.

Putin laid the foundation for an era of divergence,” said Kurginyan during the program.

In essence, we have suddenly gone our separate ways like two ships in the sea due to more than a political, or a philosophical reason. Where this ship will sail is a different issue. But the fact that we have gone our separate ways is clear”, said the political scientist.

The fact that people with dual citizenship suddenly fall out of favor is another point which confirms that this can precisely be called a divergence with the West, said the political scientist.

“More is yet to come. It is then suddenly said that those who have a dual citizenship and such are not the salt of the earth, they are not those important key figures who will help us with integrating Russia into Europe. Essentially, these are people who are lustrated, and partially deprived of their political rights. This is a second point of this divergence,” said Kurginyan.

President’s words about the Constitution of the Russian Federation were the third point confirming the idea that he is declaring a complete separation from the West and a refusal to integrate into the Western society.

The way the Russian President spoke, his intonation was the fourth point that Kurginyan brought to prove his case. The political scientist reminded the audience the episode when Putin said that “we will shut the filthy mouths” to all those who “will slander our fathers.

“The fact that the ships have gone their separate ways is clear from the president’s tone. The way it was said ‘we will shut the filthy mouths’ to all those ‘who will slander our fathers’, as well as the reaction to the comments recently made by the Polish ambassador [regarding the historical facts of WWII], everything else suggests that today these ships are sailing their separate ways”, said the political scientist.

We must consider an era of restrained, reasonable divergence. Where it is headed in the next question,” said the leader of the Essence of Time movement in conclusion.

During his address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, President Vladimir Putin announced that we must protect the memory of the Great Victory in the Great Patriotic War and initiated the establishment of a large center for storing archival materials about the Great Patriotic War. He also said that those who have foreign citizenship, residence permits, property abroad, or accounts in foreign banks must be banned from holding important positions in public service. In addition, the President proposed making the requirements for presidential candidates more strict: they must reside in Russia for at least 25 years and never have had another citizenship.

Putin also proposed to give Russian national legislation precedence over international treaties.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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