Russia Doesn't Aim 'Re-Sovietization' of Eastern Europe, Envoy Says

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Bulgaria: Russia Doesn't Aim 'Re-Sovietization' of Eastern Europe, Envoy Says Russian NATO envoy Alexander Grushko. Photo by RIA Novosti

Russian NATO envoy Alexander Grushko refuted on Friday claims by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Russia is aiming to "re-Sovietize" Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

"Sovietization is a clich? which, in my opinion, is absolutely incongruous with the actual processes that are taking place throughout the former USSR," Grushko said during a teleconference broadcast by RIA Novosti.

His comments come a day after Clinton, during a visit to Dublin to participate in a conference with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), warned about what she said was the danger of growing repression among the governments of the former Soviet Union.

Clinton also slammed the Moscow-led Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, apparently castigating it as a front for reviving the Soviet Union.

"Let's make no mistake about it," she said. "We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it."

Grushko rejected Clinton's claim, insisting Russia's partnership with its neighbors is purely pragmatic.

"Russia takes the position that every government is interested in using all possible resources to cooperate with its neighbors," he said.

RIA Novosti reminds that Moscow has sought to pull together many of the former Soviet republics into what President Vladimir Putin has christened the "Eurasian Union," a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus and several Central Asian countries.

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DP - 9 Dec 2012 // 23:09:01

sa-sha, thanks! :-)

Yane - 9 Dec 2012 // 14:55:38

peterperfect, are you high or trolling?

sa-sha - 9 Dec 2012 // 14:02:45

...;-)...Eh, Peter, being back/out of that wood pile I found this world
coming directly to hell, but...

// There was fast as the wind horse named "Dogoni-Veter" ("Catch-the-Wind"). Once he saved his master-merchant and: //

...but-moving along this road- I don't want to forget the GOOD. Difficult to explain with my endlessly "good", good-for-nothing English but Your and some other forumers' texts are that very GOOD for me,
even when I completely disagree. I don't want to be like that merchant as our rulers are. I want to remember the good.
Помни Добро. Remember The is my advise to myself.

peterperfect - 9 Dec 2012 // 10:21:09

Sa-Sha, can't actually believe we have agreed, what is the world coming to? Not seen much from you recently and was beginning to think you had disappeared, hoped my comments might have brought you out of the wood pile but that we might agree was the furthest thought in my mind. Nice to have you back.

sa-sha - 8 Dec 2012 // 20:58:28

"Clearly you have no idea what I am talking about"---o-la-la.......Too
strong, my dear DP. Poor me. But what if You are wrong? What if i
got You? Just imagine. The key for "having idea" was for me Your "Swan Lake", isn't it clear? Roots..... Merely-"Clearly" You haven't got my reply."Minority" for me are those who try/can understand and You, DP, is a part of this "minority" for me......................
Let me present You the wonderful music of Eugeniu Doga ( the end of that movie) as my view on this "minority" future- simply because "majority is always right"-and as my apologies:

DP - 8 Dec 2012 // 18:53:36

"claim"... goofed...again ;-)

DP - 8 Dec 2012 // 18:49:36

Am I acting as a “mentoring text’s author” sa-sha? Just because??? Guess I got on the wrong wave length after you tried mentoring my lexicon and usage of “indeed”. Hmm...Actually I was trying to alert you to the fact that the lack of cohesiveness in your posts of late stands on the way of presenting your views clearly.

And, of course, you are a Russian—there is no doubt in my mind about that—though I was wondering if you ever used the moniker “Ruski”. Clearly you have no idea what I am talking about. My apologies for asking.

Btw, as far as I know one does not need 99% to clam majority. 51% is enough...

sa-sha - 8 Dec 2012 // 13:02:03

"...there is no "official" [Russian] policy to re-sovietize anybody"----- agree with You, Peter. As for "His [Putin] confrontational style": the only one i remember was "Munich Speech" in February,10,2007 :

...but it was the reaction on the real confrontation Deeds of the USA
and actually he -Putin- predicted the further such "deeds".

And now: " it is the communicators job to ensure his message has been correctly received,...suggestion to get rid of confrontation [You mean Putin's style of communication, Peter, right?], smile a lot more (it disarms people), become more "human" in public ( get rid of the macho image)"---agree, absolutely agree.

sa-sha - 8 Dec 2012 // 12:18:19

Thanks for "Swan Lake", DP....... as for "ranting (!?)/ posting Russian videos, which make no sense to the most of us" :
(1) Is Your "most of us" 99%? Sure? And then: Hope I'm free to post for that "minority" which opinion differs from Yours (and probably my posts "make some sense" for that "minority", do you realise it, DP?).
(2) I "rent"/"post" different videos, not Russian ones only.
(3)"... are you the former Ruski?"----nice question from the mentoring
texts' author----I'm the present Русский (Russian), DP.

peterperfect - 8 Dec 2012 // 11:06:23

Any clear thinker can see where Clinton is coming from and, I am sure, there is no "official" policy to re-sovietize anybody. Problem lies with Putin and his style of approach toward the USA and the west. His confrontational style can be misread, his style of communication with the west is seen as "old style communist". Now, that may be totally incorrect but what is true is that the responsibility of communication lies with the communicator not the receiver, it is the communicators job to ensure his message has been correctly received. My suggestion to Putin is to get rid of confrontation, smile a lot more (it disarms people), become more "human" in public ( get rid of the macho image) and he may find, in time, people get to warm to him. That is the first step to taking people onboard your own ship. Back to re-sovietisation, due to his perception in the west there are many who believe that Putin, personally, has his own agenda and that may include a new style soviet union. It is for him (who has communicated this impression) to prove otherwise. Balls in his court.

DP - 7 Dec 2012 // 22:54:05

Sa-sha, do you realise that you’re not making any sense? Sorry to say it, but you keep on ranting and posting Russian videos, which make no sense to the most of us as well (well, most younger Bulgarians seems to have mastered this foreign language, but not all of us bothered with the imposition).

May I ask you a question: are you the former Ruski? You are beginning to remind me much of him during the twilight period before his disappearance...:(

Yane - 7 Dec 2012 // 21:02:23

Clinton barking again, always talking to her own audience in the US, their reality is the US view of the world, not the reality outside the US.

What? Russia n surrounding countries are to ignore trading with each other, pretend their neighbors don't exist because US power is more important?

Clinton "Don't trade or make alliance to your benefit, because US benefit is PARAMOUNT to your own!"

US is the most annoying piss ant in the world. They paint themselves so much into a corner that their own neighborhood doesn't want to know them. The US way doesn't make sense post-20th century world, trying to boss everyone around like the cold war is still around.

viking - 7 Dec 2012 // 19:42:11

Many times the past is an open window to the future

I myself would fear a people who could do this to their own.
Hilary and company are small examples of what is possible and the Soviets have shown the world what man is capable of.

Few of us have no blood on our hands

sa-sha - 7 Dec 2012 // 19:14:34

Thanks, Viking. Relaxation, really. But let's not think about US future.

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