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Russian liberal politician concerned by attacks on Putin's foreign policy views

April 24, 2002

Moscow, 24 April: The leader of the Russian liberal party Yabloko, Grigoriy Yavlinsky, expressed his convern that the foreign policy pursued by President Vladimir Putin has been under pressure from certain circles in the political and bureaucratic establishment aimed at revising this policy.

"The systematic, harsh criticism of the Russian president's foreign policy by the military-political bureaucracy, which has extensively exploited the Russian media for this purpose, causes serious concern," Yavlinsky told Interfax on Wednesday [24 April].

"This has become especially notable after the President said in the address to the Federal Assembly [parliament] that: 'the period of confrontation has ended' and 'we are building normal constructive relations with all countries, that 'it is particularly important for our country to be able to find allies and be a reliable ally itself', that it is necessary 'to take numerous concrete steps towards integration with Europe', 'to continue active work with the European Union aimed at creating a unified economic territory', and that 'we are maintaining a permanent dialogue with the United States and are working to change the quality of our relations with NATO'," added Yavlinsky.

"Provincial isolationists, who had for a long time maintained their silence behind the president's back, considering him to be 'their' man, are now pursuing a very dangerous policy of splitting the executive authorities into irreconcilable political camps, and are preparing political revenge," noted Yavlinsky.

"Our history already saw this in 1964 and 1991 and it is well known where this leads”, noted Yabloko’s leader, alluding to the ouster of Nikita Khrushchev in October 1964 and the attempt to remove Mikhail Gorbachev from power in August 1991.

"The Russian democratic party Yabloko categorically opposes the use of even the grossest mistakes in domestic and economic policies for reactionary purposes, such as any attempt to undermine the political system and destabilize the situation in the country," noted Yavlinsky.

See also:
Russia-US Relations
Russia-EU Relations

Interfax, April 24, 2002

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