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Diaconescu: European, U.S. outlooks on post-Soviet space differ from Russia’s

The European and U.S. outlooks on the post-Soviet space keep on being different from the Russian Federation’s in many cases, Romanian Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu told an Europe-Russia Economic Forum on Tuesday.
The relation between Europe and the United States, on the one hand and Russia, on the other should rely on a set of common values, the values of democracy, human rights, the law prevalence and the market economy, the minister added.
‘The European and U.S. outlooks on the post-Soviet space keep on being different from the Russian Federation’s in many cases. Today, when the United States is heading towards a new phase of the international commitment, when Russia is re-defining its global presence and the European Union is acquiring ever more influence in the international arena, there are opinions saying that the interest shared by the three big players is still perceived as a null amount’, Diaconescu said.
The minister stressed that the partnership with the Russian Federation should be mirrored in a new phase of the cooperation level between the East and the West and that Russia should not see the NATO expansion as a geopolitical involvement of the West, but it should see it as an enlargement of its zone of influence.

‘I think the expansion should keep on being perceived in its real terms: an answer to an objective request of independent and sovereign states, a request based on their own analysis of the national interests’, he argued.
The Romanian foreign minister pointed out that the frozen conflicts should be solved by enforcing the international law.
‘The events inside or outside the regions called Transdniester, Nagorno Karabakh, South Ossetia are a common concern and we should begin using such a reality as an expression of a common responsible behaviour.
Unfortunately, the big losses of trust in the dialogue with our eastern partners mainly originated in the approach to the resolution of the frozen conflicts in the region. The danger of unfreezing such conflicts in a violent manner was seen last summer’, Diaconescu said.
The Europe-Russia Economic Forum is at its 5th edition; the event is staged by the Eastern Institute from Poland, under Romanian President Traian Basescu’s high patronage and it gathers outstanding politicians from the EU states and from Russia, among whom Lech Walesa and Vladimir Lebedev.

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