Thursday, June 08, 2006

Russian Foreign Minister Slams NATO's Attempt To Build Military Bases In Ukraine And Georgia; Gorbachev Slams U.S. Eastern Europe Policy

"Russia warned against NATO taking in the ex-Soviet republics of Ukraine and Georgia, saying such a colossal geopolitical shift would threaten relations.

"Membership in NATO for countries like Ukraine or Georgia would mean a colossal geopolitical shift," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during questioning in the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament.

"We evaluate all possible consequences first and foremost from the point of view of the national interest of Russia, interests in the area of security, our economic interests and interests in relations with countries which relate to Russia in one way or another," Lavrov said."

Agence France Presse "Russia warns of 'colossal' impact if NATO takes in Ukraine, Georgia" June 8, 2006


"Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev hit out Wednesday at American policy in Europe and former Soviet republics, saying that cooperation, not confrontation, was the way forward.

"Many current events in Europe and ex-Soviet republics cause tension, but our American friends are acting here improperly, to put it mildly," Gorbachev said at the World Newspaper Congress in the Russian capital.

The former Soviet leader, whose rule is widely associated with a thaw in relations with the U.S. and the beginning of the end of the U.S.S.R., said Americans were afraid of a revival of Russia's imperial ambitions, fears he said were unfounded.

Gorbachev said that Russia, Europe, and the U.S. had no basic differences in their positions, and that all sides "should establish cooperation both in European affairs and in the post-Soviet space."

"It is especially necessary because the world is changing, and we are facing common challenges to security, poverty, and the ecological threat that is becoming global," he said.

Gorbachev, who turned 75 this year, also said that although Russia had lost its status as a world superpower it still remained one of the world's most powerful nations.

"It is destined to be such a power," he said.

A Gallup/TNS-EMNID poll published in New York Tuesday on popular perceptions of and attitudes toward the world's great powers ranked Russia sixth, with 27% of respondents worldwide saying Russia remained a great power." ...

Novosti Russian News and Information Agency "Gorbachev castigates U.S. for policies in Europe and CIS" June 7, 2006

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