MOSCOW, February 28 – RIA Novosti. Dmitry Simes, publisher and general director of the American magazine National Interest, said that many Russians would not like to see a repetition of the “humiliating” scenario of the late Soviet Union during the reign of Mikhail Gorbachev.
The political scientist expressed the opinion that Russia would like to lift the sanctions, or at least achieve their mitigation, but will not make serious concessions.
“This softening should not be expected without genuine reciprocity on the part of Moscow. For this plan to work, we should not expect Moscow to make major concessions in the empty hopes that the reciprocity of the West will emerge later. This scenario is similar to what happened in the past. Gorbachev. To insist that Moscow repeat what many Russians consider an unfortunate and humiliating approach would be to confuse the desired with the reality, “Simes said.
He believes that the imposed sanctions against Russia should not isolate and weaken the country, but “induce it to more flexible behavior.”
Simes also stressed that the future of US-Russian relations depends on Washington's choice. If the United States cannot agree to anything other than undeniable hegemony, he said, Russia will undoubtedly become a serious obstacle, ready to challenge it.
Earlier, NI magazine wrote that Western countries in 1990 promised Soviet President Gorbachev not to expand NATO eastward, but later ignored these promises.