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Global crisis will bring West, Russia closer - German expert

MOSCOW. Feb 11 (Interfax) - The global financial crisis is a good chance for Russia and the West to improve their relations, as later it will be more difficult for them to agree, says Alexander Rahr of the German Council on Foreign Relations.

"Currently, we see a unique situation in the building of a new political and economic world order. All parties need each other's shoulder, no one can withstand it (the crisis) alone, no one can pull the blanket to one's side. Only jointly, only together can we survive the crisis," the political analyst told Interfax on Wednesday.

"Such are the conclusions that politicians should draw from this crisis, because this is the only way to beat this 2008-2009 plague, the plague of the first decade of the new century," he said.

"There is no other way out. We need to cooperate together very closely, because in the previous periods of history such financial crises would very often lead to the radical change of the world order and wars, which is what happened in early last century," Rahr said.

"The end has come for all kinds of egoism, and the only way to overcome the effects of the global financial crisis is through cooperation, mutual relations and building joint international institutions and through converting the G8 into the G20," he said.

Asked whether it will be more difficult for Russia and the West to agree after the global financial crisis, Rahr said there will be "fewer chances."