On the 65th anniversary of the Russian President, his role in world news is omnipresent. Whether in Russia, the United States, the Middle East and Middle East, media and leaders put it in all its sauces: sometimes Savior, sometimes tyrant, sometimes sneaky plotter. One thing, however, is perfectly clear: Putin’s international position in Russia has nothing to do with that of 15 to 20 years ago.
- The flight of the former Soviet republics far from Moscow has been stopped. With the exception of the Baltic countries, the former countries of the USSR remain somehow in the orbit of Russian influence. Even Ukraine whose Russia is in 3rd place of the main investors!
- The consequences of the color revolutions on the periphery of Russia are globally amortized. Anti-Russian regimes have changed more pragmatically, and in the Russian Federation, the probability of importing “orange technologies” is reduced to zero.
- Crimea is back.
- A strong revival of the national production is made in all the range of industrial and agricultural products. Certainly slowly, but in the right direction. Thanks to Western sanctions and counter-sanctions, Russian commodity producers have gained strong competitive advantages in the domestic market that even an (illusory!) Lifting of sanctions can not undo.
- NATO’s expansion into the post-Soviet space has been halted. The question of membership of countries such as Ukraine or Georgia is now only an illusion for several years. In addition, Russia has been able to establish pragmatic relations with some members of the Alliance – for example, with Turkey, Greece, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
- Effective alternative collective security organizations in the NATO bloc, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), have been put in place.
- The economic integration of the former Soviet republics on the basis of the EAEC (Eurasian Economic Union) is developing. The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), alternative to the G-7, sees its role grow.
- Relations with the countries of Asia and Latin America are established or restored. Russian politics has become multi-directional and more exclusively pro-European. Moscow can now oppose Washington on international issues without fear of catastrophic consequences. This is not possible for many states that are often subordinated to the dictates of the United States or the European Union.
- Through the situation in Syria, the role of Russia as an independent player in international politics and as an alternative to US expansion has been demonstrated. The Russian armed forces had a unique and primordial role in the near-complete destruction of the radical Islamic caliphate, which at that time represented a global threat.
- Vladimir Putin’s greatest success in foreign policy is that he has given Russian citizens a sense of national pride and even pride. Today, all Russians, whether in Russia or abroad, from diplomats to tourists, are proud to be citizens of a great country, powerful and respected – or at least, if not is not always respected, which can inspire fear.
Ten successes of Vladimir Putin on the international level that have made Russia the only effective counterbalance to the unchanged desire for American hegemony.