Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:00am EST
Very interesting, Russians are slowly realizing that they need investment in order to stay afloat. Does that mean it is time for trade offs between the West and Russia? Maybe, but the problem for Russia is that it is still not perceived as a country to have trade offs with, despite all its militant rhetoric. At the same time, the West (namely US) seems to be picking its way trough Iraq, Iran, Kosovo and other related stuff. Russians failed to spearhead an antiwestern alliance using SOC, Russo-Indian relations are cooling down. So Russians feel more and more isolated. It is time for Russians to become friends with the West, but they can’t really do that, unless there are dramatic changes in the country, because no self-respected West will have amiable relations with Putin’s Russia. And if Putin goes, nothing is going to change in Russia under current circumstances. So, persistent multilateral problems for Russia and concerned parties are bound to continue. Its dynamics are likely to be very unpleasant for Russia in the first place.
MOSCOW, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Russia’s Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, seen as a key liberal in the government, called on Wednesday for changes in Russia’s foreign policy to guarantee a stable and predictable regime for investors.
“We should adjust our foreign policy goals in the nearest future to guarantee investment,” Kudrin told an investment conference.
Russia’s relations with the West have been soured by a number of disputes and incidents in recent years, including a row with London over the closure of the British government’s cultural agency’s offices in Russia. (Reporting by Gleb Bryansky, writing by Dmitry Zhdannikov; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)