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Norwegian liberals greeted proposals by YABLOKO’s leader on closer cooperation of Russian and Europe with a storm of applause

Press Release, April 4, 2011.

YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin made a speech at a congress of Norwegian liberal party Venstre on April 3, 2011. His speech was devoted to the issues of European integration, Russia’s role in this process, as well as problems Russia encounter in its development as a democratic state. Over 500 people were present at the congress: delegates of the Venstre party and leaders of foreign sister parties.

In his speech Sergei Mitrokhin told to his foreign colleagues about the history and the structure of the YABLOKO party, as well as the liberal and democratic values YABLOKO have been advocating for almost 20 years already.

Sergei Mitrokhin also said that the approach of the Western leaders based on Realpolitik had failed. YABLOKO’s leader called the EU to develop a single strategy in its relations with Russia: “The lack of firm approach to Russia when liberal values or human rights are concerned was regarded as a kind of carte blanche by our elites. And now we all have what we have”...

Russian Opposition Leaders Give Details Of Meeting With US Vice President

Interfax, March 10, 2011.

...Grigoriy Yavlinskiy discussed with Biden the prospects of setting up joint Russian-NATO missile defence, and the internal political situation in the Russian Federation, the Yabloko press service has told Interfax.
"Yavlinskiy regards joint missile defence as the most substantial and promising aspect of Russian-US security cooperation, which is importance not only for the two countries but for the whole world," Yabloko press secretary Igor Yakovlev said.
Touching upon the internal political situation in Russia, the former party leader said that its main difficulties, including the lack of vital democratic procedures, had long been known. In this context, he believes that it is important to realize that the issue that has to be tackled is the replacement of the system created back in the 1990s, and this is a much more complex and in-depth process than the change of personalities in power...

Grigory Yavlinsky discussed with US Vice President Joseph Biden the prospects of a joint Russia-NATO ABM system and political situation in Russia

Press Release, March 10, 2011.

Development of Russia-US strategic relations on the basis of the mutual assured destruction (MAD) concept had become outdated already long ago, such a statement was made by Dr.Grigory Yavlinsky, member of YABLOKO’s Political Committee, during the meeting with US Vice President Joseph Biden.

According to Yavlinsky, we should all abolish the old view on the Russia-US relations as a zero-sum game, when a success of one of the parties means a defeat of the other one...

Cooperation With U.S. Called Key to Fighting Terror
By Simon Saradzhyan, The Moscow Times, April 23, 2004

Russia and the United States need to institutionalize their efforts to disrupt agents of international terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction before they link up to carry out attacks of catastrophic proportions, top security analysts from both countries said Thursday.


The Defence Minister Surrounded by Generals
Interview with Alexei Arbatov, Deputy Chairman of the Defence Committee of the State Duma by Irina Gordyenko, Novaya Gazeta, October 20, 2003

Nobody needs such a huge army in peace time. The US Army is 1.3 million men strong, and that is too much for the Americans, even though their economy is ten times the size of Russia's economy and military budget is twenty times that of Russia's


One War Is Not Enough
By Alexei Nikolsky, Vedomosti, October 3, 2003

Alexei Arbatov (Yabloko), deputy chairman of the Duma Defense Committee, says this document is far too controversial to be regarded as a military doctrine.


The War against Terrorism and the Transformation of the World Order, three perpesctives
By Alexei G. Arbatov, CEPS Commentary, November 2001

...two months later after the "Black September", the weaknesses of the coalition and deficiencies of the operation are becoming more and more evident, as well as the confusion and inconsistency of the United States and other major players in adopting a new security strategy and still less in implementing it... (Archive)


Senior MP mulls Russian role in light of US-Europe standoff.
Interview with Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Vladimir Lukin (YABLOKO), Interfax, February 10, 2003

Russia today "can and must play the role coordinator for the Euro-Atlantic community, and Russian diplomacy should focus on putting forward ideas to help find a common position for continental Europe and America, without hurting one another's dignity," Lukin said in a Monday [10 February] interview with Interfax.


Russia Is Not Afraid of NATO expansion
Baltic News Service, Vilnius, December 2, 2002

Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and the leader of the opposition party YABLOKO Grigory Yavlinsky forecasts that after Lithuania enters NATO relationships between Russia and Lithuania will improve.


Russian MPs offer divided response to NATO expansion
RTR channel, "Parliamentary Hour" programme, December 14, 2002

Discussion of the impact of NATO expansion to Russia with Russian parliament members Vladimir Lukin, Konstantin Kosachev, Gennadi Zyuganov and Lyubov Sliska


Insiders question if Russia-NATO bonding is little more than hype
AFP, December 8, 2002
Moscow and NATO have bonded over the past year, yet their true military relationship still stutters when the two Cold War foes try to do more than just talk, NATO-Russia experts here say.


Grigory Yavlinsky thinks that a single Russian-European security system needs to be created as soon as possible
Alliance Media, December 3, 2002

On November 30, 2002 Grigory Yavlinsky commented in a speech at an international conference "The Big Europe", held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on the problems of establishing new relations between Russia, Europe and the USA, dictating the requirements related to the "creation of a new joint security agenda for Russia and Europe." "One of the key aspects today concerns the creation of a Russian-European anti-missile defence system for the theatre of military actions (RE AMD or AMD TMA)," said Yavlinsky.


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