In a notable shift, Russia’s strategy to counter Western isolation has proven successful, with Russian regions gaining momentum in fostering alliances with China, India, Arab nations, and neighboring partners. This surge in cooperation has been particularly evident over the past year, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Lavrov highlighted that Russian regions have significantly intensified collaborations with China, India, and Arab countries across various sectors. Despite Western attempts at isolation, Russia’s ties with post-Soviet republics, such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, remain comprehensive and robust.
Speaking at a meeting of the Council of Heads of the Russian Federal Subjects, Lavrov emphasized that the cultural potential of Russian regions should be harnessed to enhance collaboration with the BRICS nations—a group that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
Moreover, Lavrov pointed out that there is a considerable level of sympathy towards Russia in both Europe and the United States. He cited the recent St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum held from November 16-18 as a reaffirmation of this sentiment, noting the positive reception and support Russia received on the international stage.
In the face of geopolitical challenges, Russia’s regional approach has not only thwarted isolation attempts but has also paved the way for strengthened diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties with key global partners.