Dealing With Two Russias

An opinion editorial in The International Herald Tribune by Denis Corboy, a former European Commission ambassador to Armenia and Georgia, William Courtney a former US ambassador to Kazakhstan and Georgia and Kenneth Yalowitz, a former US ambassador to Belarus and Georgia, says that two Russias are emerging - one seeking freedom and prosperity, the other focused on patriotism and populism. Noting the recent law to ban adoption by Americans of Russian children as an example of ‘retrograde Russia’, the article states that fewer Western summits with President Vladimir Putin and EU steps akin to the Magnitsky Act, merit consideration. Overall, dual track diplomacy, embodying pragmatic but principled approaches, would foster cooperation with Russia on common interests while lifting the spirits of those who seek democracy and respect for human rights.

Friday, January 25, 2013