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Cold war between Russia and US won’t resume, promises Valdai expert

Fyodor Lukyanov said that the current situation differs from the cold war period as new players want to play an independent role

NEW DELHI, January 9. /TASS/. The crisis in the Russia-US relations won’t lead to a new cold war because other players on the international scene are unwilling to take sides, Director of the Foundation for the Valdai Club Development and Support for Scientific Work Fyodor Lukyanov told TASS on Wednesday.

"There will be no structured stand-off that was observed during the epoch after World War Two and almost until the end of the 20th century," the expert said after a guest session of the Valdai Club as part of the Raisina Dialogue international conference, as he spoke about the prospects of the development of the world order.

"Those who are talking about the cold war and are trying to somehow reproduce this scheme, are doing this only because it is typical for humans to look for explanations understandable for them. This completely does not work," the expert said.

In Lukyanov’s opinion, the current situation differs from the cold war period as new players are in no hurry to takes sides either with the United States or Russia or with someone else. They want to play an independent role, the expert stressed.

The idea of the Indian session of the Valdai Club is to try to understand what components the new world order will consist of, Lukyanov said.

"Brazil, Iran, India, China, Russia, the United States and European countries - all of them see differently what the world order should be," he pointed out.

The further existence of the system that evolved after the disintegration of the Soviet Union when Western countries played the leading role on the international scene cannot exist any further, the expert pointed out.

"The Western view of the world is gradually ceasing to dominate while new players are bringing their own idea of what is ‘good and what is ‘bad,’" Lukyanov said.

"This clearly manifests itself with China and India," the expert said.

Raisina Dialogue discussions

Raisina Dialogue discussions have been held annually in New Delhi by the Observer Research Foundation think tank in cooperation with India’s Foreign Ministry since 2016. The Raisina Dialogue conferences were earlier attended by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov, Head of the International Affairs Committee of Russia’s Federation Council Konstantin Kosachyov and ex-President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai.

The Valdai International Discussion Club was set up in 2004. More than a thousand representatives of the international scientific community from 71 countries have attended it since then.