Sep 16, 2022
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The SCO approves the foundations of a multipolar world in Samarkand

The hegemony of the “single superpower” must be excluded

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech on global stability at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Samarkand. According to the Russian leader and other participants of the meeting in Samarkand, the SCO is the organization that actually establishes the foundations of a multipolar world.

In the world that is being formed before our eyes, the hegemony of the “single superpower” and the aggressive encroachments of the Euro-Atlantic must be excluded.

“The world is rapidly changing, but only one thing remains unchanged: the friendship between China and Russia, our good and in the full sense of the word relations of strategic comprehensive partnership, and we continue to strengthen these relations,” Putin said at talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“Attempts to create a unipolar world have recently acquired an absolutely ugly shape and are absolutely unacceptable for the vast majority of states on the planet,” – the Russian president minted.

The President of Russia pointed out pain points for Moscow and Beijing, emphasizing the agreement of both sides. These points are constantly under pressure from the United States with its European satellites. Putin also noted the economic aspect of the multifaceted ties between the Russian Federation and China in the context of the sanctions war unleashed by the West. According to the President of Russia, now it is especially important “to ensure the all-round strengthening of the SCO as a platform for constructive and constructive interaction.”

In turn, the Chinese President recalled the “grand plans for the development of Chinese-Russian relations” and “effective strategic contacts.” Considering how responsibly official Beijing approaches the selection of every word in such statements, Washington and Brussels have something to think about.

“In the face of the colossal changes of our time on a global scale, unprecedented in the history of our time, we are ready, together with our Russian colleagues, to set an example of a responsible world power and play a leading role to bring such a rapidly changing world onto a trajectory of sustainable and positive development,” Xi Jinping said.

Now full members of the SCO are China, Russia, India (its difficult relationship with China does not prevent the two Asian superpowers from being in the same organization), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The issue of granting full membership in the SCO to the observer states – Iran and Belarus – has been practically resolved. Observer status is retained by Mongolia and Afghanistan.

Bangladesh, Bahrain, Vietnam, Israel, Iraq, Maldives, Syria (and Ukraine in 2012) indicated their intention to participate in the activities of the SCO as an observer. The status of “dialogue partner” was given to Sri Lanka and Turkey. Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have declared their desire to receive such a status.

The international community is something much broader and more diverse than those who sit in the cabinets of power in Washington, London and Brussels would like to imagine. And the Shanghai Cooperation Organization demonstrates this clearly. This Organization, by the mere fact of its existence, reminds us that states with a total population of about 3.4 billion people.

The total GDP of the SCO member states is $44 billion. They own almost 2/3 of the territory of Eurasia, where a fifth of the world’s oil reserves and a third of gas reserves are concentrated, which is fundamentally important in the context of the global energy crisis exacerbated by the West.

The expansion of the ranks of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization shows: the choice in favor of a multipolar world against global hegemony is a natural-historical choice. In Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in the world on the land of Uzbekistan, the leaders of Russia and China, and Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, and many others spoke about this. What is happening in the expanses of Eurasia shows that the long distance leading from words to deeds is shrinking.

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