On the occasion of his 85th birthday, Yevgeny Primakov granted an interview to TASS, in which the former Russian Prime Minister made a number of key points that elucidate the Russian approach to the current strategic crisis:
Primakov began by blasting the economic sanctions that Obama and his British allies have launched against Russia, stating bluntly, "The aim of anti-Russian economic sanctions is to weaken Russia, corner us, put into practice the idea of a 'color revolution' in our country." It should be recalled that the top levels of the Russian military command declared at the May 23, 2014, annual Moscow Security Conference that "color revolutions" are actually a new type of aggressive war being waged against Russia, China, and other countries.
Primakov also weighed in for using Russia's sovereign fund reserves for high-technology development projects.
"The key domestic economic crossroads that we faced after the [1998 financial] crisis, and are still facing now, is either to consolidate the financial resources or direct all efforts for fast growth and quality development of GDP. I specify, that does not mean that we should give up financial consolidation, but the key thing today is to subordinate the monetary policy to economic growth and secure technical and technological development. And in conditions of Western sanctions, it means to determine the critical points in which, not just import substitution, but a breakthrough" by leapfrogging technologies, is required.
Primakov also weighed in strongly in support of President Putin's recent Valdai speech: "Putin's speech at the Valdai Forum, I am convinced, strengthened even more his positions inside the country and beyond its borders."
Primakov's views were given important recognition and support by the current Russian government. President Vladimir Putin personally visited Primakov to congratulate him on his birthday, and talk with him at length over tea, the Kremlin site reported. Putin further issued public congratulations, emphasizing:
"You rank among a select group of outstanding, talented and memorable people and true professionals... Your diverse and much-needed work and your ability to competently resolve big tasks of different kinds have earned you deserved respect and influence of the highest order."
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov elaborated on Primakov's accomplishments, in an interview with VGTRK television:
"I believe that in the near future historians will coin a special term to describe Primakov's role in politics. They may call it the Primakov Doctrine," Lavrov said. "The moment he took over, the Russian Foreign Ministry heralded a dramatic turn of Russia's foreign policy. Russia left the path our Western partners had tried to make it follow after the breakup of the Soviet Union, and embarked on a track of its own," Lavrov said.
Lavrov recalled that Primakov was the first to have come out with an idea of enhancing cooperation in the trilateral format of Russia, India, and China (RIC), which triggered the emergence of the BRICS group of nations. "The line of countries eager to join that structure as full-fledged members or as dialogue partners keeps getting longer," Lavrov said.
EIR on Primakov's Legacy
The soon-to-be-published EIR special report on the World Land-Bridge, includes the following section on "Primakov's Legacy":
"Academician Yevgeni Primakov and defense-industry expert Yuri Maslyukov, as prime minister and first deputy prime minister, respectively, formed a government in the wake of the August 1998 default. In power for only eight months, before Primakov was forced out in the midst of the global crisis over NATO's Spring 1999 bombing of Serbia, they took emergency action to stabilize Russian industry and internal financial flows. The results of the Primakov-Maslyukov government's measures to salvage Russia's real economy were inherited by Vladimir Putin, upon Yeltsin's appointment of him as prime minister (August 1999) and then acting president (December 1999; he was elected in his own right in March 2000). They created a framework, in which decisions in favor of Eurasian continental development might be seriously considered.
"Also of strategic importance was the outstanding diplomatic engagement of this government: Primakov's December 1998 visit to India, during which he proposed the formation of a strategic triangle among Russia, India, and China. The collaboration of these Eurasian powers subsequently came to life through a years-long sequence of three-way academic and diplomatic meetings; after many turns in the road, the RIC combination today is the core of the alliance called the BRICS."