The core values of Russia foreign policy: Assessing its historical and geopolitical variables which have determined and are still determining its actions during the 21st century
Olofu G Ogbeche, Tukura D Sule, Musa M Abdullahi
The aim of this paper is to analyze the core interest of Russia’s foreign policy since the collapse of the Soviet Union with the view to ascertain the extent at which history and geopolitical condition have determined and still determining Russia’s foreign policy actions to present time. The study established that, in today’s global world, Russia core foreign policy interest lies primarily on ensuring the security of the country, protecting and strengthening its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and also to secure its high standing in the international community as one of the influential and competitive poles of the modern world. Russia long-held defending strategic interest could be viewed first from historical and geopolitical condition characterized in its extensive territory with its boarders which has over time created a natural strategic security challenge on Russia. The second factor is the aggressive Western agenda. This predominant foreign policy has been consistent in Russia’s call for multipolar world with the desire to overcome the USA’s post-Cold War unipolar standpoint in the international system. This stems from the view that, by gaining more diplomatic support, Russia could restore the world order to a fairer and more balanced one to put an end to Western diplomatic dominance in international institutions. This remained the larger struggle for Russia to regain its great power status. The study employed a historical research method based on information documented overtime on the subject matter.
Olofu G Ogbeche, Tukura D Sule, Musa M Abdullahi. The core values of Russia foreign policy: Assessing its historical and geopolitical variables which have determined and are still determining its actions during the 21st century. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 3, Issue 5, 2018, Pages 27-33