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Putin: Checks and balances needed in new world order
October 24, 2014, 6:19 pm

Putin says the world needs the kind of commitment toward a mechanism of conflict resolution and security governance akin to international organizations established after World War II [PPIO]

Putin says the world needs the kind of commitment toward a mechanism of conflict resolution and security governance akin to international organizations established after World War II [PPIO]


As the United Nations celebrates its 69th anniversary, Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling for a reconstruction of a system of global checks and balances that help maintain peace and security.

Addressing the plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club’s 11th Session in Sochi, Russia, Putin said that any global system of governance must adapt to the new realities in international relations.

“Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the existing system of global and regional security can protect us from disruption. The system is seriously weakened, shattered and deformed,” Putin told the 108 experts, historians and political analysts from 25 countries attending the session.

“International and regional institutions of political, economic and cultural cooperation are going through a very difficult period,” he added.

The session’s theme – The World Order: New Rules or a Game without Rules – examines how a global mechanism of conflict resolution and equitable economics can exist in the midst of persistent efforts to fragment the world, draw new dividing lines, and create coalitions of war targeting a polity or leader.

Putin alluded to the post-World War II founding of such international organizations as the United Nations where reaching agreement was the main priority.

“Let me stress that the solidity of the system created back then rested not only on the balance of power and the rights of the victor countries, but on the fact that this system’s ‘founding fathers’ had respect for each other, did not try to put the squeeze on others, but attempted to reach agreements,” the Russian president said.

However, Putin blamed the United States for eroding global good will and resolve.

He said that the US declared itself a winner of the Cold War and therefore did not push for a treaty with its former adversaries.

Putin lamented the loss of a golden opportunity to create an equitable force for global peace and security.

“The Cold War is over, but it did not end with peace or a transparent and clear agreement on new rules and standards,” he said.

Agendas of blocs of nations, usually acting as satellites to a singular world power, were often disguised under the guise of international will and therefore skewed the process of global decision-making.

“This group has in fact become so ambitious that its solutions are now passed off as decisions made by the entire global community,” the Russian president said.

However, unipolar dominance of the world is unsustainable, which is why a number of nations are trying to create what Putin called a “quasi bi-polar world”.

“Essentially, the unipolar world is simply a means of justifying dictatorship over people and countries. The unipolar world turned out too uncomfortable, heavy and unmanageable a burden even for the self-proclaimed leader,” Putin said.

Source: Agencies

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