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Subject: RE: 8453-Kuchins [re: U.S.-Russian Relations, Bush]
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004
From: "Andrew Kuchins" <AndrewKuchins@CARNEGIE.RU>

I just want to note that in its summary of my 15 November Nezavisimaia Gazeta article on US-Russian relations, RIA Novosti (below) completely distorted a significant point.

They wrote:

If the White House sticks to unilateralism and continues to seek greater influence on countries of the former Soviet Union, there will inevitably be some chill in the relations between Russia and the United States. In this case, it won't really matter who holds the U.S. presidency, Andrew Kuchins, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, points out in an article, which appeared in today's edition of Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

What I wrote in the original English was:

The degree to which the second Bush administration will be critical of domestic developments in Russia as well as its foreign policy will be dependent on two factors. First and foremost are developments in Russia itself. If Russia moves further in an authoritarian direction, and this is combined with more domineering policy in the post-Soviet space, a certain cooling in U.S.-Russia relations is inevitable. It does not really matter who is president in Washington in this regard.