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With such stains on our collective conscience, it ill behoves us to lecture Russia about adhering to international law; we are both tarred with the same delinquent brush. The players let represented one of the major European nations as they existed about one hundred years ago: But by understanding the Russian position – including why so many actions taken, semi-innocently, by the West are seen as provocative and threatening by Moscow – we shall be better able to reach a positive conclusion rather than a conversation that remains a dialogue of the deaf, which is what occurs when politicians posture and issue empty threats.
It would be naive of us therefore if we were to pretend that Russian foreign policy is likely to change now, rooted as it is in the country’s geography and history. We accepted that international law should be broken when first we bombed Kosovo and Serbia and then again when 266689 majority of member states recognised Kosovo’s illegal independence.
The West too ignores the rules when it serves us. EUobserver’s coverage of the European election. They include trade, security, energy, democracy all the way from the Arctic to the Black Sea. Europe can fill security gap left by US in Syria That the United States has an even stronger stake in this hypocritical position should not cloud our judgement.
As a reason for transgressing international law, uniqueness is worthless.
Yet it is hard to see Monday’s Kremlin talks other than as a re-invigorated attempt to find a secure basis for just ly a partnership. The issues at stake are complex. 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.
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These have been well rehearsed in the press – not least in an excellent analysis by Jan Oberg in these pages last week. Ostensibly it has broken off the current round of partnership talks with Russia, designed to set a key framework for co-operation, until the Russians withdraw their troops, now occupying parts of Georgia, to the positions they held on 7 August. Watch our founder Lisbeth Kirk explain the reasons in this 30 seconds video. Student, retired or simply can’t afford full price?
Given the importance and intractability of the issues, more time is surely needed for something worthwhile. If agreement can be reached on Georgia on the basis of some mutual understanding how much easier will be be to extend the same understanding to other issues? But it does mean ceasing to treat Russia as though 226689 were simply a blank space on the map. Russia 26869 better an ally than a foe. Russia is not the old Soviet Union bent on ideological domination by force.
Better Russia as an ally than a foe
Even in the real world, diplomacy is a task that requires oey slow and steady hand. 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. It was, however, a time consuming game. Need for EU action Today, News in Brief With US forces leaving, there is a realistic scenario that Turkey would seize the opportunity to invade Rojava, killing the aspirations of the Kurds for autonomy in a federal Syria in lsy future, similar to the situation in Iraq.
Opinion Better Russia as an ally than a foe Russia has not been the only power to have flouted 266899 law. Accepting its fading away will be extremely damaging.
This does not mean abandoning the Caucasus, still less backing down from fierce criticism of Russia’s record on human rights and democracy. I am sure that President Sarkozy of France, as president of the European Council, will bear this in mind as he steps on to the Moscow tarmac on Monday accompanied by Mr Barroso and Mr Solana, to discuss with Mr Putin and President Medvedev 266689 best we move on from the Georgian imbroglio.
Diplomacy by megaphone, though fashionable, is counterproductive. We must be prepared for give and take.
Rather it seemed that whoever played Russia, for example, or Britain, would always end up playing that country in the same way. And we both need to help each other stick by those rules.
Better Russia as an ally than a foe
We Europeans like to pat ourselves on the back and tell the world how we have replaced ‘war’ with ‘law. Transparency remains an essential instrument to remedy the present crisis of trust in the institutions. One does wonder, however, how 266889 is likely to be achieved in a single short day. Letter Malta responds to Venice Commission criticism Besides, the game could only really be played effectively if discussions could be clandestine.
There is room for cautious optimism in Slovakia, but the chilling effects of Jan Kuciak’s murder may be felt for some time and continued international scrutiny is important.
Slovakia must create secure environment for journalists When I was at university, there used to be a game, still popular around the world today, called Diplomacy. Unlike that of most of its neighbours, Russian foreign policy has not changed significantly in years, despite cataclysmic changes of regime. By Peter Sain ley Berry. We in Europe need also to understand and with a degree of humility how our own actions, over Kosovo in particular, are seen by Russia.
France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia and so forth; their mythical armies and fleets no aeroplanes then battled for territory and power on a large board representing the map of Europe and the seas around it.