Lilia Shetsova, A new way to contain Russia

In an opinion editorial in The Financial Times Lilia Shevtsova, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says that traditional methods of dealing with President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin have stopped working. The article comments that Mr Putin’s team no longer cares what the west thinks and the Kremlin has switched from imitating democracy to deterring European values. The article says that the west can only remain a strategic partner with Russia if it accepts the new rules that the Kremlin is offering, such as refraining from obstructing its elite’s activities abroad or giving lectures about democracy. In this context, the west should stand up to the Kremlin. It should practise what it preaches by deploying conditionality to the Russian elite integrated into the west and reclaiming its own principles in the process.

Thursday, February 7, 2013