In international relations Russia insists on maintaining the status quo, undermining the revisionist policies of the West, writes the British political Analyst for the magazine The Nation.
The analyst selects two, according to his vision, defining events for the system of international relations after the Second world war. This is the Yalta conference with the participation of allied leaders in 1945 and the Malta Summit with the participation of U.S. President George H. W. Bush and General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Mikhail Gorbachev.
at Yalta, Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin had formulated and adopted the principle of "European pluralism" - the possibility of coexistence in the European territory of different social systems (as a socialist, and liberal Democrat), says Sakwa. In addition, the conference agreed to the status of "superpower" of the USSR and adopted the principle of the relationship of the West to the Soviet Union as an equal partner in addressing global policy issues. The turning point was the Summit in Malta, the results of which diplomatic and strategic balance was broken.
"Gorbachev understood that the cold war between the USSR and the Western bloc prevented the development of both sides.