WORLD Russian scholar slams so-called 'Summit for Democracy' as ideological crusade


Russian scholar slams so-called 'Summit for Democracy' as ideological crusade


16:36, December 02, 2021

BRUSSELS, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The so-called "Summit for Democracy" led by the United States is akin to "launching an ideological crusade" against other countries, Andrey Kortunov, director general of the Russian International Affairs Council, has recently written.

U.S. national flags representing the 200,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in the United States are placed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the United States, on Sept. 22, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

The attempt "reduces the multi-color palette of the modern world to a minimalist black and white graphics of a global fight between" what it sees as democracies and autocracies, Kortunov argued in an article published by website Modern Diplomacy.

"If the goal is to advertise the U.S. political, social and economic model, Washington should probably delay the summit and put its house in order first," the expert said.

"History has a lot of means at its disposal to punish leaders, who believe that they possess a 'one size fits all' model, which could successfully replace the existing diversity with an imposed universalism", he concluded.

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