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Russian President Vladimir Putin turned down accusations, levelled at Russia, of neo-imperial ambitions and an energy blackmail
Russian President Vladimir Putin turned down accusations, levelled at Russia, of neo-imperial ambitions and an energy blackmail. He called for assessing the foreign policy of any country on the basis of universal international standards. “We do not divide countries into those with which we shall cooperate and into those which we shall oppose. For instance our competitors in economic markets are at the same time our key partners in settling important international problems,” Putin emphasized at a meeting with Russian ambassadors at the Foreign Ministry. “But not all were ready for Russia to grow strong so quickly.” The president warned that Russia is ready to use its accumulated resources for protection from dishonest competition. “We intend to spend rationally available resource to protect the interests of our citizens and the Russian Federation from dishonest competition,” Putin said. In the president’s opinion, Russia’s criticism on purely economic questions is sometimes of strictly politicized nature. ” We are ready both to cooperate and to compete,” Putin stressed. “However, we are ready to do this on the basis of honest and common rules of the game.” “It is difficult for Russia to understand why natural and transparent decisions on transferring settlements with some of our partners to the market grounds provoke, sometimes, an exalted response,” the president continued. “Maybe, it was necessary to explain this decision in good time,” he claimed. “We are doing this now,” Putin underlined. “However, we have not heard doubts from a single partner about economic justifiability of Russia’s actions.” “It is more advantageous to be friends and to cooperate reliably with the present-day Russia,” the Russian leader continued. However, in Putin’s opinion, some people look at Russia sometimes from a viewpoint of prejudices of the past and see a threat in the strong and revitalizing country”. “Some are ready to accuse us well-nigh of reviving ‘neo-imperial ambitions’ or, as we heard recently, of concocted ‘energy blackmail’.” “We offer another way: to assess foreign policy on the principles of international law and common and universal standards,” he went on to say. The Russian chief executive contended that following the collapse of the bipolar order in the world, an element of unpredictability in global development persists, and talk still continues on inevitability of a conflict of civilizations with a prospect for long confrontation a la the cold war. “I’m convinced that we have reached a turning point when it is necessary to update the entire structure of global security,” he stated. “If we permit the inertia of former approaches to sidetrack countries, the world will be doomed again to fruitless confrontation.” In this connection, he called on Russian diplomats “to swing these dangerous trends and to hammer out new ideas and approaches”.
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