Russian expert Sergey Markedonov, who heads the International Relations Department of the Moscow-based Institute of Political and Defence Analysis, tackled the issue of the areas of ‘privileged interest’, arguing in his address to the Europe-Russia Economic Forum on Tuesday for the need to recognise the zones of influence and zones of privileged interest among the major global players.
He particularly referred to the Caucasus situation and said Russia’s recognition of the independence of the Georgian breakaway territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia was based on national security reasons, thus evoking one of the five principles guiding the Russian foreign policy since Sept. 2008, when they were laid down by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.
The other four include the non-recognition of a single-pole world, the supreme rule of the fundamental principles of the international law, the deepened relations with the United States and the European Union, the protection of the Russian nationals outside the country’s border no matter where they live.
Markedonov extended the ‘privileged interest’ concept to the relations between Romania and the Republic of Moldova and he told in exclusive remarks to Agerpres that it is very unlikely that Russia recognises such kind of interest of Romania in the Republic of Moldova too soon.
‘We know each other too little. Moscow and Bucharest ignored each other for a long time and now they have to make up for the lost time’ in an atmosphere of suspicion, amid the competition of the great powers in the Black Sea area, Markedonov explained; he, in fact, implied that Russia prefers to discuss the situation related to the Republic of Moldova with the European Union.
Nevertheless, he does not rule out possible talks between Moscow and Bucharest on the future of the Republic of Moldova. ‘Transdniester will be the price’, he argued and indicated as a possible starting point of such talks the famous Belkovski Plan named after Russian political scientist Stanislav Belkovski, who is the president of the Moscow-based Institute for the National Strategy of Russia.
Belkovski made public his plan – which calls for a gradual unification of Romania with the Republic of Moldova by granting Transdniester independence – five years ago in Bucharest, as part of a forum on the situation in neighbouring Moldova that also sought to find ways to settle the Transdniester dispute.