The Medvedev Doctrine

Russia's new foreign policy conceptYuri GirenkoLast week the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed a document entitled "foreign policy Concept of the Russian Federation", which, as stated in the preamble, "a system of views on the content, principles and main directions of foreign policy activity of Russia". Previous "Concept" was approved by President Vladimir Putin on 28 June 2000. New it complements and develops". The revolution did not happen - although the changes are obvious.What is it?"Russia pursues an open, predictable and pragmatic foreign policy guided by its national interests" Main directions of the new approach to foreign policy, President Dmitry Medvedev stated during his meeting with the diplomatic representatives of Russia in other countries and international organizations.However, on some fundamentally important aspects of the new concept is worth consideration. Because the document provides a holistic view of the world and Russia's place in it, about the goals and objectives of Russian foreign policy, its tools and directions.The main in the "Medvedev doctrine" seven theses are submitted.1. About Russia's role"New Russia, standing on the firm ground of national interests, became a full-fledged role in global Affairs," reads a document and says: "Russia has a significant influence on the formation of a new architecture of international relations".That is, actively populyarizirovano in the 90-ies of the Western experts, the thesis that Russia forever ceased to be a "superpower" and must be content with regional significance, our government rejected.Actually, that's to be expected - since the notion of "regional powers" suggests that the country is located in any one region. Russia is directly included in the European and middle Eastern, and Asian and Pacific, and in North American business...Moreover, "the Concept States that Russia has enough resources and tools to play a significant role in global Affairs (mentioned in the document and economic success and political stability, and participation in important international organizations). And based on this basic principle: "Russia pursues an open, predictable and pragmatic foreign policy guided by its national interests".2. About world politicsIn the narrative that highlighted the key developments in international relations over the past two decades. This "radical transformation of international relations, the termination of ideological confrontation and consistent overcoming the legacies of the cold war."Reduced the risk of unleashing a large-scale war, including nuclear ones," remind the authors of the document. And conclude: "On change to block approaches to the solution of international problems comes network diplomacy based on flexible forms of participation in multilateral organizations.".

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