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Medvedev: War with Georgia halted NATO’s expansion
21/11/2011. President Dmitry Medvedev said today that Russia’s five-day war with Georgia in 2008
prevented the expansion of NATO.
Speaking to the servicemen of the 58th army in Vladikavkaz, the capital of Russia’s constituent republic of North
Ossetia, he said: “If we had flinched back in 2008, there would be a different geopolitical landscape now and a number
of countries that NATO had tried to artificially involve, would be there,”.
Medvedev underscored that the “actions of the Russian army to save a great number of civilians were imperative if
not to eradicate then to halt the threat which emanated from Georgian territory at that time. That goal was fully
Russia’s approach and assessment of the war has not changed since then, he added.
Medvedev also attended the ceremony to unveil a memorial plaque to the servicemen killed during the war with
Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan one step closer to common market
18/11/2011. The presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan have signed a package of documents advancing
economic integration of the three countries.
The leaders have signed a Declaration on Eurasian Economic Integration and an Agreement on the Eurasian Economic
Commission, which is expected to commence operations on January 1, 2012. These documents lay out a plan for
establishing the Eurasian Economic Union, the next integration stage after the Customs Union and the Common Economic
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that the Eurasian Economic Union could be formed before the officially
planned date of 2015. The countries will move more rapidly towards the formation of the union if there are
prerequisites for this, he added.
Referring to the Eurasian Economic Commission, which will manage the integration processes, Medvedev emphasized that
it was the first time the three countries had agreed to form a supranational body, which will be neutral to the
countries and will be assigned broader functions.
He went on to say that other CIS and EurAsEC partners have shown interest in the future union, and every state that
realizes its advantages is welcome to join.
The first declarations on the Common Economic Space were signed in 2003. Ukraine planned to join it at that time,
but reversed its plans after the Orange Revolution and subsequent accession to the WTO.
Among the benefits expected from the Common Economic Space are expansion and liberalization of markets as well as
transition to unified standards, which are expected to be brought in line with EU guidelines.
The Common Economic Space accounts for 2.6% of global GDP and 4% of global exports. It has 9% of global proven oil
and 25% of natural gas reserves.
UN outlaws praising Nazis (Baltic states disagree)
18/11/2011. The United Nations General Assembly has passed a Russia-sponsored draft resolution against the
glorification of Nazism and attempts to rewrite WWII history.
The document states that any attempts to revise the history for war, the Nuremberg decisions and to whitewash former
Nazis must be considered as violations of the UN Charter and the principles on which it was established, reports
The resolution on "Inadmissibility of certain practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of
racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance" was supported by 120 states in the Third
Committee of the UN GA. Twenty-two countries – including the Baltic states – said “no” to the document, while 31 UN
It becomes increasingly frequent that monuments to the Nazis are unveiled in a solemn atmosphere, the days of
liberation from the Nazi forces are declared days of mourning, and people who oppose the trend face arrests, Russia’s
representative to the UN Grigory Lukyantsev pointed out prior to the vote.
Nationalist and neo-Nazi movements have been on the rise in some former Soviet republics since the disintegration of
the USSR. It has become a common trend in, for instance, western Ukraine and the Baltic states to claim that the Soviet
period was even worse than the Nazi occupation.
SS marches glorifying Nazi legions are no longer uncommon in Latvia and Estonia. Not long ago, a small town in the
western Ukrainian Lvov region changed the name of Peace Street to the Nachtigall Battalion Warriors Street, which is
named after members of the auxiliary formation that fought alongside the Nazis in WWII.
The victory in the bloodiest war in the history of humanity – where representatives of different nationalities and
religions fought shoulder to shoulder against the common enemy – cost the Soviet Union over 20 million lives.
PRESS SERVICE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION (PSERF)