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Russia Convenes Anti-Western Gatherings

Russia Convenes Anti-Western Gatherings by EurasiaNet

Russia kicked off three days of high-level summitry on July 8, hosting leaders of several Asian and developing countries that it hopes will form the foundation of a new, non-Western world order.

Leaders of countries including China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Pakistan, Iran, and most of the Central Asian states gathered in the central Russian city of Ufa for simultaneous summits of the BRICS countries and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The two groups have been key instruments in Moscow’s strategy to bolster its international position in the wake of its estrangement from the West and the crisis in Ukraine, and the joint summits are an opportunity for Russia to show that, in spite of the efforts of European countries and the United States, it is not isolated.

“The future of the world economy belongs to the BRICS and SCO countries,” said Igor Kholmanskikh, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special representative in the Urals region, which includes Ufa, in the run-up to the summits. “Cooperation with new, growing centers of power … is our answer to sanctions and pressure.”

These new, non-Western groupings are “a matter of international prestige for Russia,” said Mikhail Troitskiy, an associate professor of international relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. One of Russia’s aims at the summit is to get a joint communiqué criticizing “unilateral sanctions and attempts at externally orchestrated violent regime change,” which Moscow believes the West is plotting around the post-Soviet space, Troitskiy added.

Russia put great efforts into the preparation of the summit, including building seven new hotels in Ufa, expanding the airport and repaving roads. What was not rebuilt was often hidden, and dozens of dilapidated buildings in the city center were draped with cloth facades, resulting in the inevitable comparisons to the “Potemkin villages” constructed to hide the poor condition of 18th century Russian provincial towns from the visiting Empress Catherine II. The city’s enthusiastic repaving efforts became a local social media meme, with Internet users sharing photos of the lawns and railroad tracks covered with asphalt, and collecting asphalt jokes.

“The Ufa city administration is like a bachelor who didn’t have time to get ready for a girl’s arrival, and in the two minutes while she was coming up in the elevator, tried to quickly clean up the apartment, hiding the dirty socks under the couch,” wrote prominent Moscow blogger, Iliya Varlamov, in a post on Ufa’s preparations.

Ufa is the capital of Bashkortostan, traditional home of the Muslim, Turkic Bashkir people, and particular attention was paid to presenting the city as a “Eurasian” site combining elements of East and West, mirroring Russia’s geopolitical “pivot to the East” embodied by the SCO and BRICS. The regional history museum featured an exhibit on the Silk Road, the city’s art museum hosted an exhibit, The Image of the East in Russian Art, with paintings from Russia’s Muslim periphery. Summit visitors were given a book, Bashkortostan at the Junction of Europe and Asia.

Romantic invocations of Eurasian identity aside, Russia faces real challenges in shaping the emerging new world order to its liking, including the directions of the SCO and BRICS. Both groups are relatively new (the SCO was formed in 1996, BRICS in 2009) and while all member states share a broad goal of breaking the monopoly of Western-led international organizations, the means by which they will do so are still under discussion.

One of the top items on the Ufa summit agenda will be the creation of an SCO development bank to finance infrastructure development in the region. China has been advocating for such a bank for years, but had been stymied by Russia, which feared that such a bank would give China too much power in Central Asia, which Russia considers its sphere of influence. China then moved quickly to establish a separate bank that would fulfill many of the same roles, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Russia, however, has recently changed tack and now supports an SCO bank, realizing that China’s influence in the region is rising with or without a bank and that it would be better to have some input into Beijing’s investments in Central Asia, said Gregory Shtraks, a resident fellow at the Center for Russian Studies at East China Normal University in Shanghai. “The Russian economy is really beginning to feel the pinch of sanctions and the low oil prices. Putin will be desperate to bring home at least some good economic news from the Ufa summits and this development bank would be such a deal,” Shtraks said. Eventually funds from an SCO bank could be used to fund projects in Russia, Shtraks added. “This is, of course, a long-term prospect, but with Russia now fully pivoting to Asia an SCO development bank would seem to fit in Russia’s general economic agenda.”

The SCO will be bolstered by the addition of two new members, India and Pakistan, which are expected to formally begin their accession to the group in Ufa. The impact that will have on the organization is unclear: while it will increase the profile of the group and make it appear vital and growing, expansion – particularly the addition of India, a traditional rival of China – could also make it harder for the organization to reach common positions.

That gridlock may be part of China’s strategy, wrote Alexander Gabuev, chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific program at the Carnegie Moscow Center, in a recent analysis. China has moved ahead with new structures like the AIIB and its Eurasian economic integration program, the “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative and now is content to let the SCO stagnate.

“This explains why China gave up its veto over Indian accession, brokering the incorporation of its long-time ally Pakistan in exchange. The addition of the two archrivals will make an already dysfunctional organization even more dysfunctional,” Gabuev wrote. “Now that China has the OBOR initiative, it can quietly observe the slow erosion of the once important SCO. As Russia attempts to use the SCO as a platform from which it can present itself as an alternative to Western hegemony, it has already ceded its role as regional economic hegemon to China.”

Editor’s note: Joshua Kucera is a Washington, DC-based freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle East. He is the editor of EurasiaNet’s Bug Pit blog.

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  • Bobby Hill

    ur mama did not teach u

  • Slacker28

    You are confused because it was the previous government was under the RUSSIAN warmongers control. The only people rejecting Kiev in the east Ukraine are Russian troops.

  • Jukwa

    What?
    I don’t think that you are aware that it is the Slavs of Eastern Ukraine who are rejecting the Kiev Copuists?

    Some Ukrainians from Kiev, under the incitement of the warmongers of USA & Evil Union (EU), VIOLENTLY overthrew the democratically-elected government of Ukraine, all because the elected President was from Eastern Ukraine.

    If the Kiev outlaws will not accept a Ukrainian President from East Ukraine, and will violently overthrew a leader from the East, why then should the citizens of East Ukraine accept the Kiev COUPISTS as their leaders?

    Any Russian input is to counter the violence-loving warmongers of Wicked West, who are intent on creating a situtation of ‘divide and dominate’ in Slavic lands. Not going to happen!

  • Slacker28

    Should that not be up to them to decide? These are independent countries that Russia is trying to conquer and is killing innocent people in the process.

  • Astral Dansex

    The ones without a clue are the ones talking crap about things they are not even familiar with, talking crap about others is a sign of fear, do you fear losing your privileged life build under false flags of freedom and democracy? I mean, you seem to have bigotry embedded in your genes proven by your foul mouth, but hey don’t let my comment put you in alert of losing face to your own demons, after all you have the same right as I do to post your opinion publicly.

  • UnionLeague

    Huh? I’m not blaming anyone and I don’t take credit for anything. And what’s your perspective? Would you care to explain yourself or do you just hide out and spew….

  • Dan

    All the Caucasian Orthodox Christians in Russia are doomed. Islam will kill you all and the Asian Empire will consume you!!

  • Jukwa

    “foreign countries”? lol
    Slavs of Ukraine, Belarus & Russia are joined at the hip. They are ALL of Mother Russia.

    No matter the witless Western propaganda and brainwashing of your kind, there will never ever be anything ‘foreign’ between those Slavs.

    Now if “foreign” europeans seek to again invade, as was done by the criminals of france and germany, the Russians may have to again drive out the Western invaders, and this time with nukes!

    Slavs’ business is no business of europeans. Make a note of that.

  • maryh3

    Give the blame but take the credit? Kind of a brainwashed perspective you warmongering democrat.

  • Slacker28

    Yah thumbs up for being an evil empire that is sponsoring a civil war in the Ukraine.

  • Slacker28

    That is what happened to the Ukraine because they were too close.

  • Slacker28

    So that means that foreign countries are allowed to do the same?

  • vick diamond

    What an uneducated moron.

  • vick diamond

    Fred Cassidy.. ..Next time Please read and educate yourself before making a fool of yourself.

  • vick diamond

    So you used personal insult because you have nothing to add to the argument against jed Davies opinion? Who is stupid and an idiot here? YOU!

  • vick diamond

    @Bobby Hill and Fred Cassidy– So you don’t have anything to say to counter jed Davies opinion to prove him wrong so you insult him instead. “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser and a fool.”—-(Ad Hominem)
    -Socrates, Republic.

  • vick diamond

    Ever since the U.S did not hesitate dropping the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which should be a war crime. Now the U.S are so arrogant thinking the world are so scared that they will be next if they don’t bow down to U.S demands.

  • vick diamond

    Another Western troll!

  • vick diamond

    The Author is just another Washinton controlled propaganda blogger.

  • UnionLeague

    The world is full of dreamers. LOL!

  • UnionLeague

    No. The “Reset” was a government to government initiative. The Arab Spring was a spontaneous social combustion, triggered by a sense of hopelessness and injustice.

  • Jukwa

    What?
    Do you even know long Europeans’ history of UNPROVOKED and criminal invasions, colonization, ethnic cleansing, kidnapping, enslaving, sex-enslaving, etc, etc?

    Well, the Russians DO KNOW that sordid european history.

    And the Russians have been beating back unprovoked and criminal invasions emanating from the wicked West FOR CENTURIES & TO THIS DAY!

    And we know well from where you get the childish & Western propaganda nonsense about ‘Russia conquering another country and funding civil war’. You got the nonsense from the HISTORICALLY LYING & DECEPTIVE european people.

    The rest of the world obviously has no problem with the Responsible Russians. And that is why they are today engaging constructively.

    Those non-european peoples meeting IS for the good of the entire planet.

  • Jukwa

    What?

  • mladenm

    Article completely misses main point of this meeting. Putin is bringing leaders of half of world’s population into backwater town in order to send message to Muslims of Asian core: “You do not need to crave for medieval times in form of Caliphate, you can be equal part of modern world.”

  • Paul Yim

    The gathering of a group of takers. Everyone is going in with their hands ready to steal; it will not work. The philosophy of doing business that this group of people have is win-lose, i.e., in order to win someone has to lose. Unlike most of western countries, win-win philosophy.

    What Russia is doing is trying to cover up its robbing of Crimea from Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia airline.

    Gangster mentality.

  • Vik Khan

    if you have no clue what you are talking about better stay in the basement of FSB-GESTAPO building in ST Petersburg and quetly suk putlers dik!

  • Astral Dansex

    Lol, I love the heading: Anti-Western, since when these countries are anti -western, China being the biggest trade partner with America and Europe, and how is Brazil anti-western, Just because they refuse to be slaved by America’s foreign policy?

  • Astral Dansex

    Sure, tell me did you vote YES on the surveillance program the NSA still runs on American citizens, or did you vote YES on the simulated germ war-fare attack the American government have done for decades, violating the Nuremberg Code and national laws? So much for democracy, if you think Facebook and gay marriage is freedom, America has fallen from its pedestal long ago, when we started violating many treaties and using false flags to undermine and overthrow democratically elected governments around the world for the sake of “peace, stability and change”, we have brought nothing but chaos and misery to many of them, if they retaliate we call them “terrorist” to make the world think we are the good people and they are the bad ones, you seem to read mainstream media as your only source of news.

  • Astral Dansex

    The problem is that by isolating ourselves from International Trade, other nations will do the same, capitalism drives most of the political world these days, I think we must evolve as times change, but it seems that only one side of the equation is evolving, the other side is lagging far behind

  • Astral Dansex

    Fear is the driver of much of your thoughts, you have no clue about the world, you just proved it by publicly posting your ignorance

  • Astral Dansex

    Man, did your translator fail to translate for you because of your rants? Get educated before posting your crap all over the net, you are talking about trolls, yet you are one.

  • Astral Dansex

    Or we can accuse the democratic USA for interfering on Russia’s front door and supporting a coup (contrary to what we stand for), don’t you see the big picture here? Russia just avoided loosing a military base by taking Crimea back, now was there a full military intervention American style, bringing war and destruction? You have to give the Ruskies thumbs up for their nearly flawless annexation, unlike the last 15 years of continuous wars of the “peace loving” USA.

  • ExtremeRC

    Yes, we do outsource some jobs. But we still make the profit. Even so, Asia cannot replace the Western economies.

  • Bobby Hill

    Russian troll need to go home and send their female family to the west. make more money. it is win win bussiness. Russian troll get money, i get a hot p Russian bribes

  • Bobby Hill

    well i thought u dead. that is hazard to everyone else cause ur dump azz

  • Bobby Hill

    yea i f both ur mama and sister at the same time. brang that bit che over here

  • Steve Seith

    Who will replace the west when all those Asian economies need to sell their goods to keep manufacturing running at such a high level? Not the Russians, Indians or Chinese. They make too little for their work. Undermine the US and its $ and they undermine the people that can afford to purchase all the crapola that keeps their economies from contracting. And when Chinese manufacturing slows and their economy contracts, so will Russia’s as the Chinese will need less energy and the workers will make even less.

  • Steve Seith

    Are there Russians in Hawaii? Maybe Putin can help liberate them.

  • Slacker28

    How long after these nations get close to Russia will start fighting off civil wars that Russia finds.

  • Slacker28

    You accusing Europeans of domination when they sanction Russia for conquering another country and funding a civil war.

  • maryh3

    Is that anything like the Arab Spring?

  • UnionLeague

    Yaaah. Remember, Obama is the one who tried the “Reset” and he was crucified for that by every two bit Republican politician. Just saying….

  • Jukwa

    The witless West really really believe that Europe and Europeans constitute the ‘world’.
    And the world cannot get by without Europeans. lol

    Yet from the history we know that human civilizations originated in Africa (Cradle of Civilization) and Asia while Europeans were mere cave-dwelling barbarians.
    This means that human societies have in the past thrived without European input.
    And there is every reason to remember and recall and re-enliven that history for the good of the planet.

    Europeans are free to follow along; but this european beastly mindset of ‘domination and submission’ of one nation by another, is no way to create and run a constructive family of nations on the planet.

  • Jukwa

    “Russia Convenes Anti-Western Gatherings”

    Ha ha!
    The weak Western mentality is so insecure; everything must be about them. lol
    NOT! lol

    The Asian & African nations, which comprised the vast majority of humans on the planet, know from their long history that the interactions of nations can be more positive, more constructive, more cooperative and more progressive, and can be better for the world as a whole.

    And to achieve that more positive outcome for the planet, the world DOES NOT need to consider Europeans!
    Human civilization arose long ago in Africa & Asia; and Africans and Asians have survived & thrived on the planet thousands of years ago, while Europeans were mere cave-dwelling barbarians.

    Recalling such a successful history, Asian people KNOW that they can again create a thriving human civilization that is more positive and constructive, and less negative and destructive.

    And so, I doubt that this gathering is wasting time on witless Westerners, who have historically been beastly in their worldview.
    To the European mindset, the world is about animal behavior of domination and submission.

    Hell, europeans are convinced that they evolved from beasts/animals.
    The more mature African & Asian mind, over those thousands of years of originating human civilization, would never ever countenance the nonsense notion of being evolved from beasts/animals.

  • sh ws

    get some education before putting a stupid comment and make yourself look like an ass

  • sh ws

    Ignorance is hazardous to your heealth.

  • wshaikh

    Right on bro.

  • wshaikh

    Good point. I believe it is still time for west to mend fences with Russia. The balance of power is tilting towards east and soon west will find it self isolated and it will have grave consequences for their economies. I believe western leadership should show pragmatism and shun the diplomacy of arrogance. It is not going to work anymore. World is saying to the west enough is enough.

  • waseem

    West is pissed. lol.

  • maryh3

    You really think the bums in the DNC are different?

  • jackwill

    Why are all of these Asian leaders going to this meeting? First of all it is great publicity at home, it may lead to some money from someone, it is best not to annoy Russia and most of all it appears they are standing up the US and Europe. Usually nothing comes from these meetings except more meetings and really good food and entertainment. It was good for Putin too, he was able to skim money from the repaving and construction projects, show his people he is standing up to the US and EU and boost his ego for a few days. Let’s see what happens when these countries have to come up with the cash to fund the bank, anyone want to bet they don’t or fall short? Want to bet that if the sanctions continue to bite Russia that Putin will be the first borrower in line? I wonder if the BRIC bank or anyone lends Russia money, whether Putin will pull a Greek on them? And how do you collect against Russia? If you try to foreclose on Russia Putin will threaten to nuke your country or invade it under a pretext. Sounds like this bank is a great idea, let’s have another meeting in six months to discuss it.

  • Vik Khan

    thats outright lies from FSB-GESTAPO troll.

  • Vik Khan

    tixoi sosi xyi putlery rysko -fashistkoe bidlo.. toka smotri ne zaxlebnis.

  • nicho12

    Asia is already replacing the west, Who does most of your I.T Jobs

  • weiss

    You seem to pair with ss007, is it f00king and trolling simultaneously?

  • weiss

    Does trolling pay well?

  • weiss

    How much is salo?

  • Vik Khan

    RuSSia is a Fas…st state!!!

    Putin is a Hitler of 21 century!

    FSB is a Hestapo!

    RuSSian trolls here – Gebels propaganda!

    All together its called “Russian World” or Rashism!

    The fight with Fascism,

    Communism and Rashism must never stop until they all completely destroyed!!!

  • UnionLeague

    Fred was very rude, but his point is still correct. LOL!

  • UnionLeague

    It’s mostly a Republican thing. Just listen to the speeches of John McCain, Sarah Palin and every other politician of that political party. BTW Saint Ronald of Reagan is the kingpin of American grandeur.

  • skyscraper007

    Odd for you isn’t it that some prefer to live in a Democratic System way of thinking than a socialist, communistic one?)))))

  • UnionLeague

    Putin was going to do all that anyhow. As he said, Crimea was all planned in advance and he needs to demonize the West in order to maintain his grip on power. Putin doesn’t need friends, Putin needs enemies.

  • skyscraper007

    Perhaps a point well made because all those BRICS nations are in need of huge upgrades to all their infrastructures and many had already benefitted by their past associations if not currently continuing with the USA.

  • skyscraper007

    He’s a Russian Troll, Stupidity comes natural just like the supply of Vodka.

  • skyscraper007

    Odd for you to gather that HAWAII never had its people extracated and embedded with foreigners to dominate the population as Russia has. China doesn’t need to aggressively take over any region because its mindset is much sharper than Putins Russias because they are in fact much stronger than Russia and so being parallel to the USA so where does that place Russia but trying to shimmy up a pole greased by China influenced by Americas technology to retrofit its manufacturing and production of products. What has Russia contributed?? China doesn’t need tanks, missles, jets, rockets to surpass anyone like Russia under Putin has resorted to.
    If one compares how the citizens of all those BRICS entities exist don’t see how pooling them all together will create anything but bickering eventually dislodging the efforts to unify collectively the powers of each ruler. Theres too many sharks in this plan that will eventually snap at eachother. Doubt Russia will ever be the #1 nation of the world as Putin dreams about.

  • maryh3

    Fiat money is the same imaginary entity as the pipe dream

  • skyscraper007

    Better that than the BRICS and Russian Pipe Dream!!!

  • skyscraper007

    Could be possible except that Russia will always be third fiddle in the worlds eye with more than likely China leading all if it does not faulter. China is so invested & reliant on US technology of product manufacturing and has invested gobs of dough into the US doubt China can afford to allow the US to be compromised by Russia.

  • Joseph Kalman

    I must conclude that unraveling relationship with Russia over Ukraine and Crimea wasn’t smart or good for U.S., not only that the Ukraine situation will not geographivally or politically change but also Russia is now actively pursuing to undermine US monetary superiority and even to reduce US influence around the world which may come to the point of the US will be playing “second fiddle” … it appears that “the Barbarians are at the gate” …

  • Bobby Hill

    china and Russia will counter. china need w0oman, Russian have hot Russian bribes. Send them to china to mate. China can be really cruel. i feel pity

  • Bobby Hill

    Pootin goes down as the worst dictators. and all his trolls Armies will be executed

  • Bobby Hill

    u r obious trolls. so go f ur moth

  • Bobby Hill

    where u from? is ur mama my hookers? why are u so stupid?

  • jed davies

    What an uneducated reply. You obviously have no understanding of how economies work.

  • maryh3

    When did america develop this over blown, self-important opinion of itself? Most of its citizens as well as it’s leaders suffer from delusions of grandeur and live in a narcissistic pipe dream.

  • jed davies

    This has been coming for quite some time. The US has chosen to isolate Russia, partly because of Ukraine and partly because Russia annexed Crimea, which has always been a part of Russia. The borders of Ukraine were redrawn in 1954 by Nikita Kruschev, President of the USSR and himself an Ukrainian. At the time, the collapse of the Soviet Union was not foreseen and redrawing the borders was not seen as a big deal.
    In comparison, the US annexed a group of Polynesian islands in a inspired coup by american businessmen. It became the 50th US state: HAWAII. Russia’s claim to Crimea was legitimate. The US claim to HAWAII was not.
    The sanctions on Russia are intended to cripple Russia. Its hardly surprising the RUSSIANS and other asian nations have decided to take charge of their own destiny. Chinas economy will overtake the US in 2016, and with Russia’s oil and gas, India’s educated workforce and Brazil’s resource riches and its major achievements in industrialisation, the BRICS grouping is going to wield significant power and influence. They won’t have to seek aid from the IMF and the WORLD BANK. Already, Chinas gold reserves exceeds that of the US.

  • Fred Cassidy

    BRICS is a huge joke. This is a gathering of losers and idiots with no money. China is there to make sure Putin doesn’t double cross them. The rest don’t care. Perhaps they attend to see if the Slavic Hitler will give them some of his collapsing Empire!

  • DUDE

    russia is criminal cespit

  • Bill

    Hope Obama and his trade treaty does not get passed. I let my congress person no my feelings. Every time we do one of those trade deals the US takes work away from out own people. I don’t see why we buy anything from China, and other pointers are leaning against India. We need to by US Made. If it not a trade agreement it is One World Government by Russia, and China. I think that is a solid no on my part. Putin No thank you.

  • Alexsandr

    This is understandable! Who will advertise your gravedigger! It is clear that the SCO and BRICS is bad and wrong! Because there is no dominant role of the United States. Homosexuals don’t love everywhere!
    This is understandable! Who will advertise your gravedigger! It is clear that the SCO and BRICS is bad and wrong! Because there is no dominant role of the United States. Homosexuals don’t love everywhere!

  • ExtremeRC

    The article states that Russia wants gatherings of nations like this to show Russia is not isolated. But it really doesn’t matter much whether Russia is isolated or not. The loss of economic relations with both the EU and America are irreplaceable for Russia, whether they realize it yet or not. Asia cannot replace the West.

  • aleh

    Gathering was not Anti-Western .

  • al

    “Putin is fantasizing about a new world order that doesn’t exist”
    In case You didn’t notice “World order” doesn’t exist and never existed to begin with
    But World got real messy ever since US started war with Iraq
    and then armed Syrian “rebels” which led to creation of ISIS!

  • Concerto_in_C

    Russia is creating new “alliances” with countries that are already allies of the United States and they will remain allies of the United States, except for North Korea and Iran. In his head Putin is fantasizing about a new world order that doesn’t exist. It’s still the same world order in which Poland, Finland, China, India and Pakistan are allies of the United States. Those countries will not create an anti-American axis similar to Japan-Italy-Germany in WWII, because too much money is at stake. Such an anti-American axis only exists in the twisted minds of the Russians.

  • Sir Master

    Interesting but if you look very closely these same countries ate trading partner of the west. Russia out of the picture Iran has a better change to sell its oil .China biggest ttading partmer is the United States. Paskitan is about to sign a deal with the United States
    Instead of US and Russia its now US and Pakistan India had agreef with a EU nation on telecom deal same with south Africa
    All these deals would have included Russia or Russia alone

    The nation in these summit are really glad Russia Is out of the picture
    Givimg them full access to the west

    Seven new hotels and new road. That great Most likely food ship from all over .My question is how are local doing

    Kinda remind me of a Queen in France 2 centuries agob
    When told the people have no bread to eat She replied ” LET THEM EAT CAKE !! We all know what happen to her.

  • lamon

    America always tries to divide the world, Russia and China are the counter balance