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Foreign policy at the service of modernisation: old wine in a new bottle

Russian Foreign Ministry tower against blue sky and white cloudsDate: Tue, 07 Sep 2010 15:52:24 +0200
From: "Agnieszka Ostrowska" <Agnieszka.Ostrowska@osw.waw.pl>
Subject: Our latest commentary:
"Foreign policy at the service of modernisation: old wine in a new bottle" by Marcin Kaczmarski.

Russia's contacts with the external world over the past year have been characterised by a gradual improvement in its relations with the West, as well as the use of non-confrontational rhetoric, the most far-reaching example of which was the address President Medvedev gave to Russian ambassadors this July. In an attempt to harmonise foreign policy with the widely propagated programme for the modernisation of Russia President Medvedev presented a vision of the Russian Federation as a responsible global power which is open to co-operation. According to this vision, Russian foreign policy would help to attract foreign investments and technologies. The West was presented as a partner, not a rival.

Full text can be also found at: http://www.osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/osw-commentary/2010-09-01/foreign-policy-service-modernisation-old-wine-a-new-bottle

Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)
Warsaw, Poland


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