ArmInfo. The ongoing developments in and round Ukraine are evidence of a tripolar, rather than bipolar, world forming - a world that was a mere theory just ten years ago, the expert in international relations Suren Sargsyan told ArmInfo.
"The Ukraine developments are an interim step on the way to formation of this world, with the USA, China and now Russia being its poles. It is clear the process will not end with Ukraine. It will continue, to be reckoned with by all the states," he said.
Russia seems to be standing up against the entire world, with the international sanctions being a natural reaction. As to a broader scale, Mr Sargsyan predicts a new cold war between Russia and the West, with all its attributes to be clearly seen soon. On the other hand, he does not think the sanctions and cold war will develop into hostilities, and the USA is not at all going to war against Russia over Ukraine. The U.S. aid to Ukraine will be economic, financial and military through arms supply. However, U.S. troops will not be directly involved in the hostilities in Ukraine, and President Joe Biden is explicit about it.
Mr Sargsyan admits the negative impact of the West's policy toward Russia. However, according to him, Moscow initially considered the prospects of sanctions and will try to neutralize the aftermath after the situation in Ukraine is defused. To do so, Russia will first of all start working with individual EU member-states, which could succeed as the sanctions against Russia will produce a boomerang effect on the EU. The question is whether the sanctions will prove so effective as to stop Moscow on its way of accomplishing its tasks in Ukraine, Mr Sargsyan said.
"Even Moscow's goals in Ukraine are difficult to be considered an accomplished fact now, to say nothing of how far it could go. In any event, I do not think large-scale hostilities will continue for long in Ukraine, though the West is unanimous on sanctions against Russia.