Cohen: demonizing the Russian Federation, the USA, deprive themselves of the necessary ally
Denigrating the Russian Federation, the US is acting irrational and harmful to their own interests, said the American historian, Princeton University Professor Stephen Cohen in conversation with the journalist.
in his vision, the demonization is not only a justification of absence policy, but also an obstacle to rational discussion about American security.
"It's not only about the disaster in the Ukraine and a new cold war, but also about Syria, Afghanistan, nuclear proliferation, the battle against international crime. Demonizing Putin, the United States loses its partner, regardless of who governs In the Russian leadership, " said Cohen.
in the past Moscow has repeatedly come to Washington to help in Afghanistan, the Kremlin has done for America more than any NATO country, drew the attention of the historian. However, in response the United States launched a new wave of NATO enlargement and in the hands of individual withdrew from the ABM Treaty.
All this, according to Cohen, it should be taken into account in the assessment of the Ukrainian fall, which threatens to go to war with Russia. In the Ukrainian question, he said, Russia is only reacting to the actions of the West.
"Ukraine has long been on the agenda of the US capital, Everyone knows that. Putin reacted on it. There were fears that NATO supports fresh the authorities in Kiev that overthrew the previous government, and the subsequent moves in the direction of the Crimea and the Russian naval base, " said Cohen.