German and Western policy outlook: Aiming at Confrontation with Russia

From: German-Foreign-Policy <[email protected]>
Date: August 23, 2016 2:29:25 PM PDT (CA)
Subject: Newsletter 2016/08/22 – Aiming at Confrontation (Debate on Russia’s future foreign policy)

Newsletter 2016/08/22 – Aiming at Confrontation

BERLIN/MOSCOW (Own report) – In view of the Duma elections in Russia,
the German foreign policy establishment is discussing Russia’s future
foreign policy and appropriate western reactions. This discussion is
deemed necessary, given the fact that the institutions analyzing
foreign policy had failed to foresee Russian initiatives both in the
Ukrainian conflict and the Syrian war, according to a study by the
German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). The SWP
analysis indicates that politicians and experts were taken in by their
own propaganda and their “stereotyping” interpretations “blinded” them
to actual developments. In his contribution to the discussion, a
well-known Russian expert wrote that, for the time being, Moscow as
well as the western powers will most likely continue a confrontational
foreign policy, because it is in their respective interests. With this
policy, both sides would seek to consolidate their alliances and
overcome the growing divisions within their own societies. In the
West, this can be seen in the mantra-like “mention of Putin in the
establishment parties’ elections and other campaigns.”


By piotrbein