Ex-foreign minister evaluates global risks for 2019 | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Ex-foreign minister evaluates global risks for 2019

The coming year could be destructive for the existing system of international relations, President of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov wrote in his article published by Kommersant. "We can completely destroy the old international system without starting to build a new one," he warned. According to Ivanov, the US administration will be the biggest international problem in 2019, just like in 2018. "Everything seems to suggest that, while pursuing its goals, the United States does not bother to take into account either international law or multilateral institutions. It unilaterally withdraws from crucial agreements, trying to impose its one-sided decisions on other countries and organizations. In 2018, the White House did not hesitate to put pressure on its partners and rivals. Considering the United States’ unique role in the modern international system, Washington’s obsession with unilateralism is particularly dangerous," he stressed. Ivanov noted, however, that it would be a dangerous simplification to blame only Donald Trump and the US for all the challenges facing the world in 2018. "We see that even in the European Union recognized as the multilateral diplomacy leader, this institution is facing serious and diverse problems. All of us will only benefit, if we begin to grasp the art of modern diplomacy jointly rather than separately," he stressed. According to Ivanov, the biggest problem is the lack of states’ mutual responsibility, including those countries, which are assigned special responsibility for maintaining global peace and security by the UN Charter. "If these states do not put aside their disagreements on certain issues and do not pool efforts to tackle common problems, the world will not be safe," he warned. "We need to abandon the concept of Western (liberal) universalism in favor of developmental pluralism. The emerging concept of a modern world order should offer the opportunity to preserve national traditions, culture, specific economic, social and cultural modes, which have nothing to do with Western models," Ivanov pointed out.