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The issues at stake are complex. It is no use saying, as French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner does, that Kosovo is ‘unique. Ostensibly it has broken off the current round let partnership talks with Russia, designed to set a new framework for co-operation, until the Russians withdraw their troops, now occupying parts of Georgia, to the positions they held on 7 August.
leg On Thursday December 6the constitutional affairs committee of the European Parliament will finally have a crucial vote on changes to rules of procedure that govern MEPs. Diplomacy by megaphone, though fashionable, is counterproductive. By Peter Sain ley Berry.
266889 I am sure that President Sarkozy of France, as president of the European Council, will bear this in mind as he steps on to the Moscow tarmac on Monday accompanied by Mr Barroso and Mr Solana, to discuss with Mr Putin and President Medvedev how best we move on from the Georgian imbroglio.
But by understanding the Russian position – including why so many actions taken, semi-innocently, by the West are seen as provocative and threatening by Moscow – we shall be better able to reach a positive conclusion rather than a conversation that remains a dialogue of the deaf, which is what occurs when politicians posture and issue empty threats. What used to strike me as significant, however, was the characteristics of the nation being played lye not reflect, as they would in any other game, the characteristics of the player.
EUobserver’s coverage of the European election. Diplomacy by megaphone, though fashionable, is counterproductive What used to strike me as significant, however, was the characteristics of the nation being played did not reflect, as they would in any other game, the characteristics of the player.
They include trade, security, energy, democracy all the way from the Arctic to the Black Sea. It was, however, a time consuming game.
We must be prepared for give and take. Russia is not the old Soviet Union bent on ideological domination by force. Opinion Better Russia as an ally than a foe Russia has not been the only power to have flouted international law. Need for EU action Today, Of course, to understand does not necessarily mean leg agree, still less to cave in. News in Brief Yet once we accept this – admit that we have no moral superiority here – we can sit down on an equal basis with Russia and talk about how it would be in the interests of both parties to see a future in which we both, really and truly, abide by international law.
Don’t miss out on EUobserver’s coverage of the European election. When I was at university, there used to be a game, still popular around the world today, called Diplomacy. Transparency remains an essential instrument to remedy the present crisis of trust in the institutions.
We both need a rules-based world. They will take time to 2689. Student, retired or simply can’t afford full price? Given the importance and intractability of the issues, more time is surely needed for something worthwhile.
Better Russia as an ally than a foe
But whatever the length, it is surely important that we on the European side understand Russia’s legitimate fears and aspirations which, of course, extend far beyond the Caucasus. Russia is better an ally than a foe. We can deal rationally with modern Russia.
Morocco’s policy against radicalisation – and the EU One does wonder, however, how much is likely to be achieved in a single short day. It’s success – or failure – will largely depend on the EPP.
The game was known as Diplomacy because, as it is difficult to attack and to defend oneself at the same time and as a single country did not necessarily have the force by itself to overcome an opponent, the object was to arrange strategic alliances and non-aggression pacts with other players while bluffing about your true intentions. Unlike that of most of its neighbours, Russian foreign policy has not changed significantly in years, despite cataclysmic changes of regime.
Better Russia as an ally than a foe
Accepting its fading away will be extremely damaging. France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia and so forth; their mythical armies and fleets no aeroplanes then battled for territory and power on a large board representing the map of Europe and the seas around it. But it does mean ceasing to treat Russia as though she were simply a blank space on the map.