May 17, 2018  |  Updated May 18, 2018

Did Western Media Call Russia ‘the Last Hope of the West?’

By Polygraph
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On May 13, the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti published a commentary by Viktor Marakhovsky that was headlined: “European media: Russia has become the West’s last hope.” However, none of the Western sources cited in the article support that headline.

First, the author cited a Washington Post op-ed piece by Anne Applebaum about how the end of the Cold War marked the end of “American hegemony.” The main focus of the piece was the Trump administration’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal brokered by the previous U.S. administration. While Applebaum claimed that rejection of the agreement will drive a wedge between the U.S. and its European allies, she did not suggest the latter might find Russia or any other country to be a suitable replacement for the U.S.

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