Cooperation as the main paradigm of the new world, in which Russia and China are leading with their spiritual and moral values, undoubtedly awaits triumph, since it has already shown itself to be more successful and since it gives everyone a chance. It contrasts with confrontation, as the destructive, morally and democratically defective paradigm of the world, ruled by the West, sowing injustice and human sacrifice, writes Vladimir Kršljanin, Vice President of the International Slavic Academy of Sciences, Education, Arts and Culture, High Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.
During the tenure of Presidents Vladimir Putin and Aleksandar Vučić, Russia and Serbia have reached their highest-ever historical level of cooperation, both in quantitative and qualitative terms. Mutual trust, as well as the volume and quality of cooperation far exceed the formal obligations stipulated by bilateral agreements.
Serbia and Russia are champions of Orthodox civilisation. Serbia was a constituent part and short-term successor to the Byzantine Empire, and Russia was its permanent successor. The fact that they share their Orthodox faith and culture explains their exceptional closeness. Throughout history, despite the most irresistible temptations, they have shown themselves as the most consistent defenders of their common spiritual and moral values, and in accordance with these values, all people, above all members of the Orthodox community, are brothers. This is what Serbs and Russians feel in relation to each other, and it is the guarantee of their mutual trust, as well as the volume and quality of their cooperation.
Thanks to its adherence to spiritual and moral values, Serbia managed to withstand the aggressive onslaught of the united West in the 1990s and led Russia to pursue a significant adjustment in its foreign and domestic policy. Thanks to its adherence to spiritual and moral values, Russia today is the military and political leader of mankind and, together with China as an economic leader, whose spiritual and moral values are the same or very similar, creates a new world, a world of cooperation, not confrontation.
Cooperation between Serbia and Russia is not only an excellent historical example of cooperation between two close peoples which has already lasted centuries. It is at the same time cooperation that is key to the survival and future of both countries. As a country on the “front line” in the confrontation imposed by the West, Serbia has already lost a lot — both territorially and economically, and it is threatened with new losses. Russia’s support is the only way for it to survive and regain a significant share of what it has lost. As the standard-bearer of spiritual and moral values, international law and new multilateralism, Russia can confirm its global authority only if it is successful primarily in cooperation with the countries of its civilisational circle — that is, with Orthodox countries. In addition to Russia, the Orthodox world today is formed by only two more large blocs — Ukraine and the Balkans, whose rapprochement with Russia the confrontational West is trying to prevent in every way. This rapprochement can only be achieved through Serbia, which in alliance with Russia has been the main bearer of Balkan integrations from the 19th century to the present day, and by further cooperation with Moscow.
However, at the moment, for the foreign policy of both Serbia and Russia, as well as for Serbian-Russian cooperation, the most important issue is relations with the European Union.
Cooperation as the main paradigm of the new world, in which Russia and China are leading with their spiritual and moral values, undoubtedly awaits triumph, since it has already shown itself to be more successful and since it gives everyone a chance. It contrasts with confrontation, as the destructive, morally and democratically defective paradigm of the world, ruled by the West, sowing injustice and human sacrifice.
Preparing for a new world in which they will play a significant role, Russia and Serbia should try to make up for lost time as soon as possible and compensate for their interrupted cooperation in the humanitarian sphere in the second half of the twentieth century, namely in the field of education and culture, when under Western influence in Serbia many Russophiles were persecuted, and in Russia many forgot about the existence of the Serbs.
During President Putin’s last visit to Belgrade, both he and his host President Vučić called Serbian-Russian relations an alliance. Both used this term only once during the entire day of public speaking — so as not to interfere with anyone. Great achievements in collaboration don’t need a lot of advertising. Sincere trust is enough. Serbia and Russia today are full of aspirations for cooperation, creation, justice, conciliarity and unity. We are convinced that in the long term they will strengthen this spirit not only in their relations, but throughout the world.