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RESPONDING TO BRITISH MEDIA

30.11.2016

Letter to the Editor, FT Magazine, sent on 24 November

Sir,

I feel entitled to comment on Simon Kuper's `Trump: a liberal loser responds` (FT.com/Magazine November 19/20 2016), for he mentioned `the Russian taxi driver in Paris 1920's`, thus laying claim, in the name of Western liberal elite, to the fate of the White Russians. The present situation plainly doesn't fit the description for there is no prospect of armed civil war nor being driven out of one's own country.

Simon Kuper mentions, in passing, the mainstream media's complicity in hollowing out democracy and suppressing the voice of the majority, suffering from the negative consequences of globalization. But this sin is quite huge indeed, because it was a deliberate hushing up, through political correctness, of the dissent of the people being marginalized in their own countries.

I remember asking a British friend 12 years ago why there was no public debate of real issues in a country going down the drain. And the answer was that it was a tradition of the chattering classes. To be fair, Simon Kuper mentioned this societal habit in one of his pieces some time ago (since then I am his regular reader).

So, the elite was not only guilty of not willing to listen to the concerns of the majority, which has been effectively disenfranchised, but of a by far greater crime of the lack of imagination. The latter is the gravest sin possible in intellectual elites. One could compare the intensity of intellectual debate, say, in 1968 and afterwards. Why lament now? As to inner freedom, it seems to be a must at all times, like strategic depth for nations.

Nobody, I believe, has a problem with liberal values. But they represent a superstucture upon a sustainable economic foundation. I hope, you'll agree that having a job is the single most important condition for human dignity. Be the way, Francis Fukuyama once wrote in IHT (or INYT?) that the Western political thought had not overcome the denial of equality of human dignity. Maybe, this explains a lot.

Gordon Brown coined the term `deglobalisation` eight years ago. About that time people started talking even of the need for the new paradigm of economic development. F.Fukuyama has been writing about `political decay` and why radical transformations in societies require a measure of self-destruction (be it the Soviet Union, the EU or the West, that makes no difference). Unlike 100 years ago, this time we are facing no prospect of a world war, which is good enough.

As to Hillary Clinton, one could have a look at the foreign policy programme prepared for her by her friends at the Brookings Institution (the Centre for a New American Security), which would have made her a real Mrs.War. By the way, this Administration tried to scare us with the prospect of Michele Flournoy becoming Secretary of Defense, and Strobe Talbott Secretary of State.

So, in my humble opinion, there is no reason whatsoever to panic. Hopefully, Donald Trump will at least start fixing what needs to be fixed in a pragmatic fashion, and not try to preserve the status quo by way of running the real risk of war as a policy by default.

Regards,

Alexander Kramarenko

Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy




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Letter to the Editor of the Daily Telegraph, published on 24 November 2016


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21.10.2016 - Letter to the Editor of Financial Times, published on 19 October 2016

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19.10.2016 - Russian Embassy on Philip Stephens' piece in “FT”

Philip Stephens (“How the West has lost the world”, 14 October) sows panic over the present state of the world. The world is not a thing to be lost or acquired. Everybody agrees that the world is undergoing a radical transformation. In fact, it is a living thing, so is in a state of constant change. Why panic? After all, the Western elites relied on automatic extension of their empire to the rest of the world after the Cold War. Why not allow laws of physics to continue doing the job? What is wrong with the Westphalian principles?


12.07.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov, Baku, July 12, 2016

During our discussion last evening and this morning we reviewed the spectrum of bilateral, regional and international issues. Let me highlight the long and frank conversation we had yesterday with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, which mostly focused on the objectives we all face regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. As my colleague and friend Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov has said, this discussion was quite helpful. It will help us move forward along the lines outlined by the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia during their June 20 meeting in St Petersburg.



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