Un nouveau discours de Henri Kissinger, prononcé à la fondation Gorchakov à Moscou en l’honneur d’Evgeny Primakov, a été publié dans The National Interest le 4 Février, un texte dont la lecture est un must pour les Français libres. Henri Kissinger rend hommage au grand diplomate que fut Evgueni Primakov (« mort d’un dinosaure soviétique » titrait Libération avec la médiocrité haineuse caractéristique de nos libéraux-libertaires, lors de sa mort l’année dernière) et réaffirme aussi le rôle clé et incontournable joué par la Russie dans les affaires du Monde. Extraits:
“Evgeny Primakov was an indispensable partner in this effort [to overcome crises and explore common principles of world order]. His sharp analytical mind combined with a wide grasp of global trends acquired in years close to and ultimately at the center of power, and his great devotion to his country refined our thinking and helped in the quest for a common vision. We did not always agree, but we always respected each other. He is missed by all of us and by me personally as a colleague and a friend. I do not need to tell you that our relations today are much worse than they were a decade ago. Indeed, they are probably the worst they have been since before the end of the Cold War. Mutual trust has been dissipated on both sides. Confrontation has replaced cooperation. I know that in his last months, Evgeny Primakov looked for ways to overcome this disturbing state of affairs. We would honor his memory by making that effort our own » (…)
« For the United States, the end of the Cold War seemed like a vindication of its traditional faith in inevitable democratic revolution. It visualized the expansion of an international system governed by essentially legal rules. But Russia’s historical experience is more complicated. To a country across which foreign armies have marched for centuries from both East and West, security will always need to have a geopolitical, as well as a legal, foundation. When its security border moves from the Elbe 1,000 miles east towards Moscow, Russia’s perception of world order will contain an inevitable strategic component. The challenge of our period is to merge the two perspectives—the legal and the geopolitical—in a coherent concept » (…)
« In this way, paradoxically, we find ourselves confronting anew an essentially philosophical problem. How does the United States work together with Russia, a country which does not share all its values but is an indispensable component of the international order? » (…)
« In the 1960s and 1970s, I perceived international relations as an essentially adversarial relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union. With the evolution of technology, a conception of strategic stability developed that the two countries could implement, even as their rivalry continued in other areas. The world has changed dramatically since then. In particular, in the emerging multipolar order, Russia should be perceived as an essential element of any new global equilibrium, not primarily as a threat to the United States”.