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The recent revolutionary upheavals in some of the former Soviet republics have dramatically slowed down their social and economic development
The recent revolutionary upheavals in some of the former Soviet republics have dramatically slowed down their social and economic development, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an essay released Monday. In the essay, posted on the ministry's Web site, Lavrov spoke against the export of democracy to post-Soviet nations and called the use of commercial advertising and political tricks to promote it "unacceptable." He said that more often than not, the practice had a serious destabilizing effect on "the situation on the ground." Speaking about the West's interests in former Soviet countries, Lavrov said the region "may not be a field for destructive rivalry" and that "any activity [there] by outside forces should be transparent and clear." "Covert agendas" of any sort are unacceptable to Russia, he said. Lavrov also said that the development and improvement of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) - a loose alliance of 12 former Soviet republics - remained one of the top priorities of Russian diplomacy.
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