Russia Calls for the End of the New World Order, Supports a Multi-Polar World

The question is not a new one. With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, should the U.S., as sort of a last-man-standing, exert world hegemony as the one remaining superpower? One might immediately question this from a number of perspectives, not the least from the one that is informed by the fact that Russia is far from impotent, especially when it comes to nuclear weapons. And Russia, not surprisingly, has argued strongly against a uni-polar world order with the U.S. at the top.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Saturday for an end to a world order dominated by the West and said Moscow wanted to establish a “pragmatic” relationship with the United States.

Lavrov was speaking at the Munich Security Conference shortly after US Vice President Mike Pence told the audience Washington remained “unwavering” in its commitment to the US-led NATO military alliance as it faced a more assertive Russia.

Lavrov said that the time when the West called the shots was over and, dismissing NATO as a relic of the Cold War, added: “I hope that (the world) will choose a democratic world order — a post-West one — in which each country is defined by its sovereignty.”

At the risk of appearing to be on the “wrong” side of the debate, at least from an American Neocon perspective, the argument Lavrov puts forth that NATO is a relic of the Cold War is not without merit. Put bluntly, is it still necessary to have a formal military alliance to contain what remains of a once aggressive Soviet Union that now only exists to a lesser degree in Russia?

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