Kissinger: Significant geopolitical changes after Ukraine war
The former US Secretary of state says Russia will have to reassess its relationship with Europe and NATO after the Ukraine war.
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said that "the geopolitical situation globally will undergo significant changes after the Ukraine war is over."
In an interview with the Financial Times about the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Kissinger considered that "We are now living in a totally new era."
When asked about the future of the US-China relations, Kissinger considered “it is not natural for China and Russia to have identical interests on all foreseeable problems. I don’t think we can generate possible disagreements but I think circumstances will.”
He said that “After the Ukraine war, Russia will have to reassess its relationship to Europe at a minimum and its general attitude towards NATO.”
“That doesn’t mean that either of them [China and Russia] will become intimate friends of the west, it only means that on specific issues as they arise we leave open the option of having a different approach."
The former US Secretary of State noted that "in the period ahead of us, we should not lump Russia and China together as an integral element."
Kissinger stressed that "it is unwise to take an adversarial position to two adversaries in a way that drives them together."
"Once we take aboard this principle in our relationships with Europe and in our internal discussions, I think history will provide opportunities in which we can apply the differential approach," he considered.