Russia’s 21st-century grand strategy of becoming the supreme “balancing” force in Afro-Eurasia is one major step closer to fruition after Foreign Minister Lavrov offered to host peace talks between India and Pakistan, proving that Russia’s refusal to take sides between its decades-long and newfound partners is part and parcel of President Putin’s pragmatic approach to regional affairs.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov sent shockwaves through South Asia on Thursday by announcing his country’s intent to host peace talks between India and Pakistan if they wish for it to do so, thereby heralding Russia’s return to the region and putting it one major step closer towards fulfilling its 21st-century grand strategy of becoming the supreme “balancing” force in Afro-Eurasia. This brief article will mostly serve as a collection of the author’s relevant pieces about the larger concepts that will be concisely touched upon on a point-by-point basis and should therefore be seen as a resource to rely on for better understanding Russia’s envisaged role in the Eastern Hemisphere.
For starters, many readers need to dispel the Alt-Media dogmas that they’ve been indoctrinated with:
Russia isn’t a partisan player for anyone, let alone its traditional partners, but a “balancer” between all:
This is most evident by what it’s trying to do in compelling Iran’s “phased withdrawal” from Syria:
As “politically incorrect” as it is to acknowledge, President Putin is partnering with “Israel” to this end:
From the hemispheric crossroads of West Asia, Russia is expanding its “balancing” policy to the Balkans:
It’s also set its sights on replicating this approach all over Africa, too:
Although it hasn’t achieved anything so far, Russia also toyed with this idea in South America as well:
Outside of the Mideast, Russia has been most successful exporting this model to Afghanistan:
This has in turn presented it with the opportunity to “balance” between India and Pakistan.
Firstly, Russia’s LEMOA-like logistics/base deal with India enables it to clinch similar deals with others:
Pakistan, the global pivot state, is the most obvious candidate for Russia’s second South Asian LEMOA:
After all, Russia and Pakistan are already in a rapidly expanding strategic partnership with one another:
Russia envisions building a railway to the global pivot state so that it can finally reach the Arabian Sea:
That isn’t just for simple matters of prestige, but to expand Russia’s $10 billion presence in the region:
The planned Iran-Pakistan-India Pipeline is a key component of Russia’s Afro-Asian Ocean strategy:
All told, it’s nothing short of a game-changing geopolitical development that Russia would offer to host peace talks between India and Pakistan because it proves just how wildly successful President Putin’s “balancing” strategy has been thus far, considering how confident Moscow is that it can constructively apply this model to the two nuclear-armed Great Powers in South Asia. Russia has truly returned to the region and is poised to play an even larger role in it over the coming years, which will enable Moscow to more assertively counter the US’ plans to destabilize South Asia and therefore ensure the success of the emerging Multipolar World Order.
By Andrew Korybko
Source: Eurasia Future