The head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergey Naryshkin, has stated that the world is currently experiencing a “classic revolutionary situation” in international relations. Naryshkin argues that rising powers around the world are seeking greater independence in their foreign policy and are growing increasingly dissatisfied with the crumbling hegemony of the West, which he claims is desperately trying to preserve its dominance.
According to Naryshkin, the US, as the leader of the West, can no longer ensure its global dominance. He believes that the rising centers of power in the world are unwilling to accept what he describes as an aggressive Western dictate. Naryshkin also accuses the US of deliberately destabilizing key regions of the world in order to maintain a unipolar world order. He alleges that Washington, along with its allies in London and Paris, manipulates destructive forces such as international terrorist groups, radical Islamists, and ultranationalist movements to achieve its own goals.
The Russian spy chief points to Syria and Afghanistan as examples of how American efforts have disrupted the peace process and exacerbated the situation in those countries. He also claims that the US has turned its attention towards Africa, encouraging militant factions to launch attacks against the infrastructure in Mali and the Central African Republic. Naryshkin contends that the West conducts sabotage operations against African nations friendly to Russia.
Naryshkin further asserts that the G7, a group of the seven biggest developed economies, actively works against Russia. He claims that the West hosts and supports separatist terrorist structures that call for the subversion of the Russian state order and the violation of its territorial integrity. One example he gives is the so-called ‘Free Nations of Post-Russia’ Forum, which openly advocates for the disintegration of Russia.
The Russian spy chief warns that the manifestations of these desires would lead to a horrific ethnic and religious conflict in Eurasia. He accuses Washington of intentionally trying to set the Eurasian continent on fire. Naryshkin argues that the West is playing with fire and that the future of the world order is at stake. He calls for more responsible global and regional actors to join forces and coordinate their efforts to prevent destabilization instigated by the West.
In conclusion, Naryshkin’s remarks shed light on the tensions between rising powers and the West in the field of international relations. He argues that the US and its allies are desperately trying to maintain their dominance, while the rising powers seek greater independence and reject what they perceive as aggressive Western influence. Naryshkin’s statements highlight the need for a more multipolar world order and for global and regional actors to work together to prevent destabilization and promote a more balanced international system.