Posted by lex, on September 1, 2008
Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has laid down five principles for his country’s future foreign relations:
- The recognition (*cough*) of international law.
- A rejection of a unipolar world order.
- Friendly relations with the rest of the world, subject to certain conditions.
- The intention to protect its citizens where ever they are found (Sudetenland, anyone?)
- A recognition of Russia’s “privileged” interests in the near abroad and elsewhere.
As the BBC analysis points out, all of this would have been quite familiar to 19th Century diplomats. Who never dreamt, in their fussier moments, about the bloodbaths they were teeing up for the early 20th Century.
The first time as a tragedy, the second as a farce.