Medvedev spells out five principles of Russian foreign policy
BOCHAROV RUCHEI (Sochi), August 31 (Itar-Tass)
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has declared five principles of the Russian foreign policy following the recognition of independent South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Medvedev had come to Sochi for a number of domestic and international meetings. He told three Russian television channels at his Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi on Sunday:
While implementing the Russian foreign policy, I will be guided with five principles,
First of all, Russia recognizes the supremacy of international legal fundamentals, which define relations between civilized nations. Secondly, the world must be multi-polar. Single polarity is unacceptable. Russia cannot accept a world order, in which any decisions will be made by a sole nation, even such a serious one as the United States. Such a world order will be unstable and fraught with conflicts. Thirdly, Russia does not want a confrontation with any country. Russia does not want isolation. We will develop as much as possible friendly relations with Europe, the United States and other countries of the world. Fourthly, the protection of life and dignity of Russian citizens no matter where they live is an absolute priority. We will also stand up for the interests of our business community abroad. Everyone must know that an aggression will be deterred. The fifth principle is Russia’s interests in friendly regions. The same as other countries, Russia has areas of privileged interests. These areas house countries to which we are linked with friendly ties, and I am not only speaking of neighboring countries. As for the future development of diplomatic relations, that will depend not only on Russia but also on our friends, partners and the international community at large. They have a choice.