Former US Ambassador to Moscow: Calling Russia a Weak Power is a Big Mistake

In Washington, many believe that Russia is a weak and little capable country, but this is not so. This opinion was expressed by Michael McFaul, a former American ambassador to Moscow, professor at Stanford University and senior fellow at the Hoover Institute.

Former U.S. Ambassador noted misconceptions by some representatives political elites of the United States that Russia is not a strong power, and that it is a gas station state, living only by selling hydrocarbons abroad. This, in particular, thought Senator John McCain.

If we believe that Russia is already in decline, we should focus only on China, as is often heard in the United States. This is mistake

- emphasized the American ex-ambassador to the Russian Federation during an online discussion of the Kiev Security Forum.

According to Michael McFaul, the Kremlin is effectively using tools to undermine the security of the liberal world, of which Kiev is a part. In the West, many underestimate the destructive effect of Putin's ideology, while in the United States, a number of experts recklessly believe that Russia is only able to carry out "isolated transactions." However, this does not correspond to reality, and a lot of funds are invested in the Orthodox-imperial ideals and nationalism of Putin in order to promote them not only through social networks, but also by directly influencing the internal life of different countries.
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  1. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 23 February 2021 14: 06
    Is he really retiring? Usually, during this period, the mind and sight return to them.
    1. Cherry Offline Cherry
      Cherry (Kuzmina Tatyana) 23 February 2021 16: 29
      And where did you see the mind? The message is unambiguous and traditional - do not relax and arm yourself.
      1. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) 23 February 2021 17: 03
        And I'm not suggesting to relax. Just a statement of fact. Retired politicians there, as a rule, immediately begin to understand and voice the obvious things. hi
  2. beeper Offline beeper
    beeper 23 February 2021 14: 31
    Here's a kind of foe - McFall rowing! negative
    "Professor" - adla is still the same, she will not calm down in any way, you know how, another "friend Michael", Beda-Bedishcha on Russia and Russians calls! stop
  3. _AMUHb_ Offline _AMUHb_
    _AMUHb_ (_AMUHb_) 23 February 2021 15: 50
    worries suddenly "sinophobes" will receive more funding and attention than "specialists" in Russia
  4. shiva Offline shiva
    shiva (Ivan) 24 February 2021 13: 32
    Wah, as he said! Yes, scholar, I graduated from more than one madrasah, yes!
    Putin's ideology is Orthodox-imperial nationalism.
    The professor said, from the sidelines. And I'm eight tentacles behind!
    But what does he mean by these words and I are different things. Let's figure it out ... I ask the admins - can I squeeze my own article about this?
  5. aquarius580 Offline aquarius580
    aquarius580 24 February 2021 15: 13
    McFaul knows Russia well, speaks Russian, and therefore is really an expert on this issue.
  6. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 25 February 2021 08: 51
    However, they will be kicked out of retirement, otherwise this "epiphany" cannot be explained in any way. How can there be a weak country with the strongest army and economy on the continent and the third largest in the world? I foresee attacks on the economy. I mean real production, not banking bubbles.