Monday, September 1, 2008

Russia's 5 Principles and It's "Privileged" Sphere of Influence

Without a very strong western response to the Georgian crisis, (up to now not happening) I would expect a continued interferrence if not an all out grab of portions of the former USSR based on #4 and 5.

From the NY Times:
MOSCOW — President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia on Sunday laid out what he said would become his government’s guiding principles of foreign policy after its landmark conflict with Georgia — notably including a claim to a “privileged” sphere of influence in the world.

Speaking to Russian television in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, a day before a summit meeting in Brussels where European leaders were to reassess their relations with Russia, Mr. Medvedev said his government would adhere to five principles.
Russia, he said, would observe international law. It would reject what he called United States dominance of world affairs in a “unipolar” world. It would seek friendly relations with other nations. It would defend Russian citizens and business interests abroad. And it would claim a sphere of influence in the world

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