Russian experts on results of Davos forum
The 48th World Economic Forum last week in Davos, Switzerland, under the slogan “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”, was held. Russian delegation was headed by Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.
Commenting on the results of this forum, Russian experts were pessimistic. "The world is on the verge of serious events. People are waiting for the collapse of the world economy, and geopolitic situation doesn't look bright. Current slogan is too pretty. Actually, we can see how the world fractures. But the Davos forum is not designed to solve these problems," scientific director of the Economics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Ruslan Grinberg said.
According to him, today we are witnessing a great turmoil, both economic and political: "Issues will be resolved only when situation approaches the collapse. Until thunder strikes, no one will do anything, and not only in Russia... I really liked the speech of our Minister of Economic Development , who said that everything is fine, and that money should be invested in the Russian Federation and not in the US. It was a great speech."
Director General of the Political Information Center Alexei Mukhin explained that participants of the forum wanted to avoid serious problems with a serious face: "They said that macroeconomic situation is good, but at the same time ministers, including our Minister of Economic Development, said to invest in us. Donald Trump visited this forum, said to invest in the US, that it's the only quiet harbor and that only they can ensure progressive development of the economy. It was like a vanity fair. Actually, they didn't want to recognize one fact - that the world economy is slowly becoming the economy of war. And this is happening due to the fact that almost all problems and challenges that faced the world economy before the crises of 1998 and 2008 are unresolved. Key countries, key players have not offered a recipe that can held to resolve these issues, and they are accumulating. The only way to relieve this tension is to restart the system. I don't mean that we need a war, but the mobilization economy of war can partly resolves these problems."
Mukhin called the sanctions effect one of the symptoms of sliding towards the war economy. The US use this and try to correct the policies of different countries, including Iran and Russia; establish military, economic and political control over entire territories and markets, primarily the European Union: "At first, the US and Russian waged the war for it. I recall the thesis about Europe's famous energy dependence on Russia. Now, apparently, this market will be a subject of dispute between the US and China. In other words, regional and global conflicts are multiplying."
Expert predicred that the confrontation will escalate: "The EU has already felt a taste of certain independence because of the weakness of the US political system. In addtion there will be economic conflict between the US and China. Russia's place in these conflicts has not been determined yet, although Syrian campaign showed a lot of things. Now we are on the verge of formation of a new economic and political reality."