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Relations between Russia, EU countries and the United States have special significance for maintaining global security and stability
Relations between Russia, EU countries and the United States have special significance for maintaining global security and stability, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview carried by the newspaper Izvestia on Thursday. "I believe such a "triangular configuration reflects the current order of things, the distance traversed by politics in its evolution through this space since the "Cold War," Lavrov said. "Of principled significance to Russia is the launching of practical interaction in the space from Vancouver to Vladivostok, the development in this region of constructive and open relations which look toward the future, and which no longer have anything to do with the previous ideological split between Europe and the whole world," he said. "Such a cooperation would provide a material guarantee to those who fear that Russia may wish to "drive a wedge" in the relations between the United States and western Europe. Conceivably, the geopolitical triangle whose points are Russia, the European Union and the United States may become in the future one of the supports of the shaping collective leadership by the world' top states, and make a considerable contribution to the restoration of the manageability of global development, in accord with other centers of force," the diplomat said. He is confident that "the demand for sole leadership is falling in the condition of increasing globalization; and allies' commitments of old are depreciating." "Not the unwieldy unions with fixed commitments, but goal-oriented alliances by interests with changing geometry are increasingly meeting the demands of time. The network diplomacy is needed as never before, providing flexible forms of participation in multilateral bodies," he went on to say. "As for China, the triangle's aiming against Chinese interests is out of the question; as Russia-China-India cooperation or the dialogue in the BRIC format /Brazil, Russia, India and China/ are not against the USA, the EU or anyone. "This brings us back to the idea of network diplomacy, in whose scope a place can always be found for any diplomatic combination, based on positive coinciding interests of the parties," Lavrov noted. Russia, the United States and the European Union are interested in boosting cooperation with China, while China, for its part, attaches an important significance to the development of relations with Moscow, Washington and Brussels, the Russian foreign minister said. "Thanks to such mutual interests, the fabric of relations between them is firming, which contributes to the strengthening of regional and global security," he said.
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