Between Russia, Turkey and Iran there are deep disagreements; they even support opposing fighting forces in Syria. And yet now, the three have joined together to end the fighting in Aleppo–a decisive turning-point. And next, they intend to mediate talks between the Syrian government and opposition representatives hosted by a fourth partner–Kazakhstan.
This was a surprise to everyone but Vladimir Putin himself, and Lyndon and Helga LaRouche–but in fact, this sort of surprise has been a marker of Vladimir Putin’s career for many years. It is already seen in the “Treaty of Good-Neighborly Friendship and Cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation” of July 16, 2001. This detailed 25-point treaty called for a “fair and rational new international order,” called to “raise relations between the two countries to a totally new level,” and resolved “that the friendship between their peoples will pass down for all generations.” Each partner committed itself never to join any alliance that threatened the other; never to target their missiles against the other; and to consult immediately if either was threatened by aggression.
These were two countries which had fought, arms in hand, in 1969.
The treaty also contemplated an upgrading and expansion of the system of Chinese-Russian intergovernmental commissions, which was eagerly propelled forward by President Putin. By now there are over a dozen such commissions, so that a great part of each of the two governments is in continual consultation with the other, to iron out disagreements, many of them serious. “But,” said Putin, “we always find a solution.”
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the SCO, was an outgrowth of this 2001 treaty and of the negotiations that led into it. During the 40 years of negotiation of the Russia-China border and of its demilitarization, three of the new, independent states of Central Asia came to stand on China’s border in place of the once-Soviet Union. This helped condition the formation of the SCO as, originally, an organization of China, Russia, and Central Asian states, dedicated to preserving security in and around Central Asia.
Similarly, Putin’s original genius has shown itself in the creation of the BRICS, another pillar of the new, coming world arrangement along with the other organizations referenced above.
Here, the input from Putin’s predecessor, the late Yevgeny Primakov, is the clearest. But Putin’s present role itself would have been unthinkable without the decades of leadership of Lyndon and Helga LaRouche, through the Strategic Defense Initiative of 1977 and subsequent years, and the Eurasian Landbridge initiative which they resolved upon after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and which has now become the world-embracing “One Belt/One Road”initiative of the Chinese government under President Xi Jinping.
The conjunction of these organizations and initiatives connected with Vladimir Putin, with the “One Belt/One Road” initiative of Xi Jinping, defines the present moment of history as completely unique and without precedent. It is clear, as Helga Zepp-LaRouche says, that it is now possible to put an end to geopolitics. Our task is clear, and it is irreplaceable.