2014-07-20rediff.com

The point is, history has not ended and Russia can never be part of the Western world. It is too big and too different and too powerful and unmanageable. Russia's presence in the European tent challenges the US' trans-Atlantic leadership and questions the very raison d'etre of the NATO, and indeed Euro-Atlanticism as the leitmotif of the US global strategies ceases to be. 

It is about time the `westernists' among the Moscow elites realize that all they have is a pipe dream. There is no precedent of the US ever having treated another country -- including Britain -- on an equal footing. Therefore, Russia's destiny is dictated by the need to consolidate its standing as an independent global player. It has the capacity to do it, but, alas, often enough not the will and interest in discerning who is a potential ally and who is not.



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