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Yavlinsky Criticizes West For Lack Of Coherent Policy On Russia

MOSCOW. Oct 29 (Interfax) - The West does not have a coherent policy regarding Russia and some other post-Soviet republics and makes private affairs the foundation of relations, Yabloko party leader Grigory Yavlinsky said at the Moscow roundtable organized by European Green parties on Monday.

"The strategy chosen by Europe in 1947, after WWII, became obsolete with the fall of the Berlin Wall. What strategy unrelated to Polish meat and gas do you have now? What Russia would you like to deal with in 25 years?" he wondered.

Yavlinsky also comments on the strategic offensive armaments issue. "The last year of the START Treaty is running out, and I can assure you that this issue will dominate international relations. We are wasting time on meat and pipelines. We should resume START negotiations, which may become an important step towards a joint missile defense system," he said.

"Democracy in Russia is the most difficult question, but we must resolve this problem mostly unaided," he said. "The West should realize what is going on in Russia and see that it is an authoritarian system rather than a democracy."

Yavlinsky criticized the EU's stance in the gas conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The European Union should help Ukraine switch to European gas prices and ensure clear and transparent agreements between all the participants in the gas market, he said.