Moscow asks Putin to abstain from calling adversaries “Western partners”

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December 14, 2017 – FRN – 

Politnavigator – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

Although in Russia the term “Western partners” is used with a certain sarcasm, it still does not reflect the real situation in relations between the Russian Federation and Western countries. This was announced at a press conference in Moscow by Russian deputy Alexei Pushkov.

“I was at a major international conference near Munich, where prominent former and current politicians gathered. The former British Foreign Secretary said: As for the Russians, I do not want to call them partners. He suggests that we be called “interlocutors, and sometimes adversaries.” And no one at this conference, where there were representatives of Germany and the United States, refuted this definition,” Pushkov said.

He suggested calling the Western countries “counterparts.”

“The partners in negotiations and joint discussions are one thing, this does not mean that they are partners in achieving certain decisions. I agree, they can be interlocutors and even opponents. The second meaning of the term ‘partners’ is when the two sides try to solve problems jointly. Unfortunately, we do not have such a partnership with the US or the EU. With Turkey, there is such a partnership now, with Iran, with China, with Egypt, but not with Western countries. Therefore, I would propose to address them as either interlocutors or counterparties,” Pushkov said.

Inessa Sinchougova is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media channels. If you like her work, you can support her Patreon here.

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