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Russia foresees new problems with the West

March 18, 2008

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The West may face new diplomatic problems with resurgent Russia because of European and U.S. efforts to stifle Moscow‘s influence, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in an annual review on Tuesday.

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates (L), US Secretary of State ...
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates (L), US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (C) and Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov hold a press conference after talks in Moscow. The United States and Russia failed in talks here Tuesday to bridge gaps over US missile defence plans and the fate of the main strategic arms treaty, but vowed to make a clean break with past tensions.(AFP/Pool/Kevin Lamarque)

“The events of 2007 show that one cannot exclude problems in global politics in the period to come,” said the document posted on the ministry Web site ( “This primarily refers to Europe where the inertia of bloc approaches…is most visible.”

Last year saw tough anti-Western rhetoric coming from the Kremlin as it prepared for a transfer of power from President Vladimir Putin to his handpicked successor Dmitry Medvedev, who takes office on May 7 after winning this month’s election.

Russia has clashed with the United States over Washington’s plans to deploy elements of its missile defense system in Europe, over Iran and Western recognition of independence for Serbia‘s breakaway province of Kosovo.

Echoing earlier statements by Putin, the review criticized U.S. policy as “destructive … aimed at breaking strategic stability, imposing its military superiority in the world.”

It also criticized the European Union for what is viewed in Moscow as an attempt to restrict Russia’s influence.

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