TEHRAN – Afshin Shahi, a lecturer in international relations and Middle East politics at the University of Bradford, says “Russia under president Putin is asserting a new political identity which is not in conformity with the post-Cold War Russian position in world politics.”
In an interview with the Tehran Times, Shahi says, “The breach of Ukrainian sovereignty through military intervention will have serious implications not only for Ukraine but many other former Soviet satellite states such as Latvia, Estonia or even Poland.”
He says the annexation of Crimea by Russia will deepen tension between the United States and Russia.
“The Russian annexation of Crimea is a beginning of a new era which can pave the way for further tensions between Russia and the U.S. which will have serious implications for the international System at large.”
The violation of Ukrainian sovereignty will cause fear among other former Soviet republics, he noted.
“The breach of Ukrainian sovereignty through military intervention will have serious implications not only for Ukraine but many other former Soviet satellite states such as Latvia, Estonia or even Poland,” the academic explained.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea will reshape the U.S foreign policy in Europe which can lead to a “situation a similar to the Cold War.”
“This new climate of insecurity will recondition American foreign policy in Europe which can result in a situation similar to the Cold War,” he opined.
He added, “Although the USSR no longer exists and realistically Russia is not a match for the U.S. military might, we can see a new era of rivalry and distrust between Washington and Moscow. Indeed, a new era has just begun!”