The Kremlin has responded to US President Joe Biden’s comment about the need for a new global order, agreeing that a change is necessary but offering a different perspective. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated on Monday that Russia concurs with Biden’s assertion that the current global order has lost steam, but added that the expected outcome may not align with the White House’s expectations.
Peskov emphasized that the new order should be based on international laws, rather than arbitrary rules, and should not seek to concentrate all mechanisms of global governance in the hands of a single nation. He emphasized that Moscow differs significantly on this point and does not envision a world order centered around the US.
Biden made his comments about the impending shift in a speech at a fundraising event in Washington last Friday. He highlighted his successful effort in uniting Japan and South Korea to support Ukraine against Russia as an example of his administration’s unifying endeavors. Biden argued that the US can “unite the world in ways that it never has been” if it is bold enough, suggesting that a new world order is needed.
The president expressed confidence in the ability of the United States to accomplish this change, stating, “we’re the United States of America, for God’s sake,” and highlighting America’s track record of emerging stronger from past crises. However, Peskov questioned the idea of an American-centric world order and highlighted the need for a more inclusive approach.
During Biden’s term in office, the US concluded its two-decade military engagement in Afghanistan, which cost the lives of numerous US military service members and contractors. The US spent significant sums on security and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, but these efforts were mired with graft and waste, according to reports. The Taliban ultimately toppled the US-backed government in Kabul before the completion of the pullout.
The differing perspectives between Russia and the US on the shape of a new global order underscore the complexities and challenges of establishing a consensus on this issue. While both sides agree on the need for change, their ideas on how that change should be structured diverge significantly.
It remains to be seen how the international community will navigate these differences and work towards a new global order that addresses the challenges and realities of the modern world. As the world grapples with issues such as climate change, economic inequality, and geopolitical tensions, the importance of finding common ground and building a more inclusive and equitable global order becomes increasingly evident.