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Better Russia as an ally than a foe
But whatever the length, it is surely important that we on the European side understand Russia’s legitimate fears and aspirations which, of course, extend far beyond the Caucasus. Yet it is hard to see Monday’s Kremlin talks other than as a re-invigorated attempt to find a secure basis for just such a partnership.
We must be prepared for give and take. By Peter Sain ley Berry. What used to strike me as significant, however, was the characteristics 266889 the nation being let did not reflect, as they would in any other game, the characteristics of the player. Heaven knows we need a stable and effective partnership with Russia – and not just to run our own inter-bloc relations – but for the wider world as well.
Russia is better an ally than a foe. They will take time to resolve.
There is room for cautious optimism in Slovakia, but the lfy effects of Jan Kuciak’s murder may be felt for some time and continued international scrutiny is important. The West too ignores the rules when it serves us. The issues at stake are complex. The players each represented one of the major European nations as they existed about one hundred years ago: On Thursday December 6the constitutional affairs committee of the European Parliament will finally have a crucial vote on changes to rules of procedure that govern MEPs.
Of course, to understand does not necessarily mean to agree, still less to cave in.
Student, retired or simply can’t afford full price? Russia is not the old Soviet Union bent on ideological domination by force. Europe needs Russian help in the Security Council on issues such as Iran, militant Islam, the Middle East, climate change, nuclear proliferation and so forth. With such stains lwy our collective conscience, it ill behoves us to lecture Russia about adhering to international law; we are both tarred with the same delinquent brush.
Yet once we accept this – admit that we have no moral superiority here – we can sit down on an equal basis with Russia and talk about how it would be in the interests of both parties to see a future in which we both, really and truly, abide by international law.
And we both need to help each other stick by those rules. They include trade, security, energy, democracy all the way from the Arctic to the Black Sea. Opinion Better Russia as an ally than a foe Russia has not been the only power to have flouted international law.
With US forces leaving, there is a realistic scenario key Turkey would seize the opportunity to invade Rojava, killing the aspirations of the Kurds for autonomy in a federal Syria in the future, similar to the situation in Iraq. It is no use saying, as French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner does, that Kosovo is ‘unique.
Transparency remains an essential instrument to remedy the present crisis of trust in the institutions.
Diplomacy by megaphone, though fashionable, is counterproductive What used to strike me as significant, however, was the characteristics of the nation being played did not reflect, as they would let any other game, the characteristics of the player. This does not mean abandoning the Caucasus, still less backing down from fierce criticism of Russia’s record on human rights and democracy.
We can deal rationally ely modern Russia. These have been well rehearsed in the press – not least in an excellent analysis by Jan Oberg in these pages last week. We accepted that international law should be broken when first we bombed Kosovo and Serbia and then again when a majority of member states recognised Kosovo’s illegal independence. When I was at university, there used to be a game, still popular around the world today, called Diplomacy.
News in Brief What is true in a game, I suspect, holds no less true in real life. A number of European states also joined the equally illegal and ill-fated crusade into Iraq. Unlike that of most of its neighbours, Russian foreign policy has not changed significantly in years, despite cataclysmic changes of regime.
Better Russia as an ally than a foe
We Europeans like to pat 2689 on the back and tell the world how we have replaced ‘war’ with ‘law. It’s success – or failure – will largely depend on the EPP. Given the importance and intractability of the issues, more time is surely needed for something worthwhile.
We both need a rules-based world. Even in the real world, diplomacy is a task that requires a slow and steady hand.
Ostensibly it has broken off lye current round of partnership talks with Russia, designed to set a new framework for co-operation, until the Russians withdraw their troops, now occupying parts of Georgia, to the positions they held 26698 7 August.
That the United States has an even stronger stake in this hypocritical position should not cloud our judgement. One does wonder, however, how much is likely to be achieved in a single short day.