Russia’s first post-Soviet period foreign minister has alerted that U.S. democracy itself is at stake with the difficulty by some GOP senators to the election victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
Andrei Kozyrev, who was foreign minister under President Boris Yeltsin between 1991 and 1996, compared the difficulty by President Donald Trump and his allies to November 4’s election result with concessions made in Russia in the 1990 s which chipped away at its nascent democracy, and introduced Vladimir Putin’s grip on power.
In August 1991, Kozyrev penned an op-ed in The Washington Post that appealed to the U.S. to assist his country’s new democracy. It followed a constitutional crisis in which communist hardliners tried to stage a coup.
” The U.S. administration stood high in our support,” Kozyrev informed Newsweek Referring to Yeltsin, he included that Russian political leaders and observers had actually bowed to political pressure of “the requiring power-grabbing leader in the late 1990 s.”
” In defense of their cowardice, they promised that it would be just a one-off concession, not a modification to the constitutional order,” Kozyrev said in emailed comments.
” Democracy is easy to lose however tough to regain. The totally free and fair elections along with subsequent organized shifts of power never ever returned.”
Congress is set to license on Wednesday the Electoral College results formalizing Biden’s election victory. Missouri Senator Josh Hawley is among a group of GOP legislators who state they will challenge the outcome.
” The behavior of President Trump’s fans is also painfully familiar,” Kozyrev stated, with lawmakers “fearful to follow the Constitution versus the will of their party leader” and a “powerful media all set to assault everything … to justify the autocrat’s seizure of power.”
Kozyrev, whose book Firebird information the post-Soviet democratic development of Russia, stated the path his nation took in the 1990 s has led to a “stagnant economy” commanded by lawmakers who are “reduced to being servants of the strong man and his acolytes.”
Although it took numerous weeks, Putin praised Biden for his victory amid speculation over what it will suggest for relations in between Moscow and Washington, D.C. which are already at a historical low.
Top of Biden’s diplomacy in-tray after his inauguration will be what to do with the New START Treaty that lapses in February and limitations which strategic nuclear warheads, rockets, and bombers both nations can deploy.