Alexey Fenenko: Russia will continue and develop the paradigm of the foreign policy laid by Primakov

21 January 2016

What does the modern paradigm of the Russian foreign policy consist in? What was the strategy of Yevgeny Primakov based on? Is it possible to draw parallels with the era of the Chancellor of Germany? Those and other questions can be found in an exclusive interview held by the press service of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund with research fellow at the Institute of International Security Issues of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Global Politics of Moscow State University Alexey Fenenko.


-   I think that the modern paradigm of the Russian foreign policy was laid in the mid-90s. Since that moment it has not undergone any significant changes. That is why before talking about the modern Russian policy, I would like to say a few words about what preceded it.


Roughly speaking, it emerged from the late policy of the Soviet Union. On one hand, it presented negation of the USSR, on the other hand, its continuation. I would like to remind that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs existed within the framework of the Russian SFSR, which served as a basis for emergence of modern Russia. However, it handled exclusively protocol functions. Actual administration of the foreign policy was assigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union. Though, in reality, the MFA of the Soviet Union was an executive body, actual authority belonged to the international secretariat of the Central Committee the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Such was the system of hierarchy of the foreign policy.

A full text of the article in Russian can be found here