Medvedev announces ''five principles'' of Russian foreign policy

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Moscow, Sep 9 (UNI) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev today announced five principles of the country's future foreign policy, after the recent recognition of Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

''While implementing the Russian foreign policy, I will be guided by five principles,'' Medvedev said in an interview to major Rusian television channels.

''First of all, Russia recognises the supremacy of international legal fundamentals, which define relations between civilized nations,'' he said.

''Secondly, the world must be multipolar. 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,'' the President said, adding ''such a world order will be unstable and fraught with conflicts.'' ''Thirdly, Russia does not want confrontation with any country,'' Medvedev said, adding ''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,'' the president said.

''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.'' He said, the same as other countries, Russia has areas of privileged interests. These areas house countries, to which ''we are linked with friendly ties,'' and added that he implied not only neighbouring countries.

As for the future development of diplomatic relations, Medvedev said, that would depend not only on Russia but also ''on our friends, partners and the international community at large.'' ''They have a choice,'' he noted.


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