The former secretary of state expressed concern that authoritarian and democratic countries are multiplying new types of increasingly destructive and technically sophisticated weapons. Kissinger called on Washington to avoid escalating conflicts
Various circumstances, including the threat of the use of nuclear weapons, can force the leadership of the United States to act to change regimes in aggressive authoritarian countries. This was stated by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in an interview with the Financial Times.
Given advances in technology and the destructive power of existing weapons, he said, the desire for regime change could be forced by the hostility of other countries. At the same time, Kissinger noted that Washington should avoid situations that could lead to an aggravation of conflicts.
“We must understand that there are differences in ideology and interpretation [of facts between authoritarian regimes and democracies]. We should use this understanding to assess the importance of the problems that arise, and not make it the main point of confrontation, unless we are ready to make regime change the main goal of our policy. Kissinger said.
The former politician also expressed concern about the growing power of new types of weapons created by both authoritarian and democratic countries. Its use, Kissinger believes, could lead to “a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions.”
Kissinger reproached the international community for avoiding discussing actions after the use of such weapons. However, the hitherto ignored topic will inevitably become one of the subjects of the new diplomatic and military agenda, said the former US national security adviser.
Moody's has previously reviewed a hypothetical scenario for a conflict between Russia and NATO. According to experts, a military escalation is unlikely, including because of the severe humanitarian, political and economic consequences. GDP growth in these countries will be severely reduced due to “destruction of infrastructure, a decline in production and a decrease in consumer demand,” and increased uncertainty in the markets will lead to an increase in the risk of bankruptcies of individual financial institutions, a shortage of liquidity and an increase in social tension both in NATO countries and in Russia, according to Moody's.
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