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Rusya's Strategic Objectives and Unwavering Stance in the Ukraine Crisis

Rusya's Strategic Objectives and Unwavering Stance in the Ukraine Crisis


Prof. Dr. Dr. Ümit Yazıcıoğlu


The strategic objectives of Russia and its unwavering stance in the Ukraine crisis have become a focal point of international relations. These objectives, formulated in November-December 2021, have remained unchanged since the onset of the crisis. Intended to be disseminated through diplomatic channels, these goals encompass not only Ukraine's internal affairs but also Russia's broader national security and external relationships. This article delves into Russia's strategic objectives in the Ukraine crisis, assesses their consistency over time, and examines why alternative approaches to resolving the crisis have not been pursued. Furthermore, it evaluates the realism and impact of the widely propagated "Russia's collapse" narrative in Western media and analyses. The strategic objectives of Russia in the Ukraine crisis and its commitment to these objectives emerge as a crucial issue influencing both regional and global geopolitical balances.



On the international stage of international relations, Russia's strategic objectives regarding the crisis in Ukraine and the degree of commitment to these objectives have become a major point of interest in recent years. Formulated in the period of November-December 2021, these objectives have maintained an unwavering stance since the beginning of the crisis. These objectives, envisaged to be disseminated through diplomatic channels, are not only focused on Ukraine's internal affairs, but also encompass Russia's overall national security and foreign relations. This article will address Russia's strategic objectives in the context of the crisis in Ukraine, review the consistency of these objectives over time, and examine why alternative approaches for resolving the crisis have not been utilized. Furthermore, the realism of the frequently presented narrative of "Russia's collapse" in Western media and analyses will be evaluated, along with its impact on crisis management. Russia's strategic objectives in the Ukrainian crisis and its determination towards these objectives emerge as a significant issue influencing geopolitical balances both regionally and globally.


2.Russia's Strategic Objectives in the Context of the Ukraine Crisis

Russia's strategic objectives in the context of the Ukraine crisis were formulated in November-December 2021 and have remained unchanged since that time. Initially intended to be disseminated through diplomatic channels, these objectives encompass not only Ukraine's situation but also Russia's broader relations with the US and the West. While a diplomatic resolution could have been achieved through negotiations, the West did not pursue this route. Consequently, the Russian Federation resorted to military means to achieve its strategic interests.


2.1.Primary Objectives:

Foremost, Russia's strategic objectives revolve around disarming Ukraine, preventing an official alliance between Ukraine and the US, and resisting potential military ties with NATO. Russia steadfastly maintains its determination to achieve these goals and is willing to utilize both diplomatic and, when necessary, military means. Should negotiations continue in the future, the likelihood of revisiting the diplomatic touchpoints prominent during the November-December 2021 period remains high.


3.Misconceptions about Russia in Western Media

The intricacies of the international relations arena and geopolitical tensions have become a frequent focus of media and analysts. Particularly in the context of Russia's Ukraine crisis, analyses frequently found in Western countries' media have garnered significant attention from policymakers and the public alike. However, what is the truth underlying these analyses and media narratives? How realistic or misinformation-based is the West's perception of Russia?


Claims often present in Western media about Russia and widely accepted can, upon closer examination, reveal imbalances and misunderstandings. For instance, the narrative of "Russia's collapse" is an approach that overlooks Russia's resilience against internal and external challenges. The Russian Federation continues to function as a robust actor in economic, military, and political spheres. Collapse scenarios frequently put forth by the media might have been formulated by neglecting this robust aspect.


Likewise, the claim of Russia's "aggressive stance," occasionally appearing in Western media reports, should also be scrutinized. In reality, it should not be forgotten that Russia pursued a defensive policy before the Ukraine crisis and acted to ensure regional stability. Such allegations may seek to oversimplify the complexity of international relations and might not accurately reflect the true situation.


In Western media's perception of Russia's influence and intentions in Ukraine, disparities can also be observed. The assertion of "Russia's plans to seize Ukraine," commonly encountered in the media, might tend to oversimplify a more complex reality. Russia's regional interests may not fit into such a rigid framework. Claims of this nature, made without considering all aspects and reasons behind events, may reflect a limited perspective rather than presenting a comprehensive picture.


In conclusion, it is crucial to remember that certain claims found in Western media about Russia might be imbalanced and superficial. Amid geopolitical tensions, adopting an objective perspective that encompasses all aspects is vital. Distinguishing between facts and perceptions, understanding the complexity of international relations, and conducting analyses based on accurate information can offer a healthier perspective. In this way, it becomes possible to move beyond the image created by the media and truly comprehend the actual situation.


4.Facts and the Gap in Perception

Regrettably, a prevalent narrative in Western countries focuses on the perspective that Russia will experience a collapse in the near future, overshadowing the will to overcome the crisis. This narrative seems to feed on discussions around Russia's perceived weaknesses, encouraging Western power centers to refrain from taking steps towards resolving the conflict.


Particularly after the events in late June, based on the outcomes of long-term observations on the field, one can conclude that there is no sign of an impending crisis in Russia. Conversely, considering Russia's capability to handle NATO's intricate structure, the country's current status has exceeded expectations across various domains including the economy, social dynamics, demography, and the military.


The narrative that Russia will soon collapse in the West is based on a persistent perception that Russia is vulnerable to internal collapse due to its perceived weaknesses, extensive geographical area, and critical imbalances. The ongoing crisis should be perceived as a significant stress test that evaluates Russia's ability to make informed decisions, exhibit societal resilience, utilize resources efficiently, adapt its economic model, sustain its political system, manage information strategies, and cope with foreign policy challenges.


Certainly, Russia is under considerable pressure and, like any nation-state, is subjected to stress tests that reveal both strengths and weaknesses. Despite the challenges in evaluating Russia's situation externally, this stress test has demonstrated Russia's agility as a market economy. Even in trying times, Russia has showcased unexpected flexibility and remarkable resilience in financial and economic domains. The collapse scenario often presented in some publications may indeed arise from a desire in the West to witness such a fantastical scenario.


For the sake of comparison, let's consider ongoing strikes and protests in France. It would be unreasonable to assume that the Fifth Republic is on the verge of explosion or withdrawal from the EU. Alternatively, let's consider the rebellion that erupted on Capitol Hill after former President Donald Trump refused to acknowledge election results. While this event had a significant impact on American domestic politics, its influence on the United States' geopolitical position was minimal.


Events occurring in any country, including Russia, should be best understood as part of the natural and cyclical progression of political evolution, rather than an imminent collapse. Such conditions often create challenges and complexities that countries must address as part of their ongoing growth and evolution.


Historical examples (such as the Streltsy rebellion during the reign of Peter the Great and a series of failed palace coups in subsequent years) confirm Russia's historical sensitivity to internal issues. The current situation is not an isolated incident but rather a part of a broader historical context, reflecting recurring patterns of internal complexity and socio-political fluctuations.


Russia's leadership effectively managed the attempted rebellion by carefully maintaining the balance of power, avoiding significant losses, and mitigating adverse outcomes on the ground. This successful management contributed to the establishment of strategic unity within the Armed Forces.



Russia's strategic objectives in the Ukraine crisis and its commitment to these objectives should be evaluated within the context of the complexity of international relations and the depth of geopolitical tensions. The continuity of the objectives set in November-December 2021 reflects Russia's emphasis on regional security and national interests. The preference for military means over diplomatic channels underscores Russia's desire to maintain its position as a strong and resolute actor on the international stage.


The narrative of "Russia's collapse" frequently propagated by Western media and analyses is limited to an objective assessment. When considering Russia's internal dynamics, geopolitical position, and crisis management capacity, the current situation demonstrates that this narrative lacks a realistic foundation. The country's robust economic resilience and military capabilities show that contrary to scenarios put forth by the West, Russia's future collapse is unlikely.


Russia's strategic approach in the Ukraine crisis reflects the complexity of dynamics and power balances in international relations. Future developments will be shaped by the course of negotiations between the parties, the role of diplomacy and dialogue, and the attitudes of global actors. However, Russia's consistent strategy in the Ukraine crisis and its commitment to its objectives are fundamental elements to consider for regional stability and international security.


In conclusion, Russia's strategic objectives in the Ukraine crisis are a reflection of the country's efforts to safeguard its national interests and regional security. The unchanging nature of these objectives emphasizes Russia's geopolitical stance and approach to the crisis. The topics covered in this article provide a broader framework for the international community to understand this significant crisis and assess potential solutions.




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