MOSCOW, 7 Aug. /TASS/. Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev expressed hope that the United States and Europe realize that friendship with Russia is better than conflict, noting that dialogue “doors not closed”.
“I don’t think that this situation (tense relations between Russia and Western countries – approx. TASS) will be eternal. I think the realization that friends is still better than endlessly explain what’s not right, he comes to our neighbors from Europe. I hope that in the United States of America, their leaders, and ultimately, too, this kind of realization will come. So the door is not closed”, – he declared in interview to the newspaper “Kommersant”, timed to the tenth anniversary of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict.
The Prime Minister reiterated that “the sanctions campaign, any kind of restriction, expulsion of diplomats, the imposition of economic measures” began the countries of the West. “In this sense, the ball that is called is always on their side, they can have some to make moves that would indicate the desire to restore the relationship. We are ready,” – said Medvedev.
Answering the question, are there any prospects of resuscitation of idea of signing of a Treaty on European security, which Russia has advanced even before the conflict with Georgia, Medvedev stressed that “nothing in international life is not, that is, forgotten forever, everything can be reanimated, it would wish”.
The Russian head of the Cabinet reminded that Russia and Western countries “despite the conflict of August 2008, were able to rise above these problems.” So, with the United States of America signed a Treaty stipulation on the limitation of strategic arms (start-3), dealt with various forms of new agreements on security in Europe, Russia joined the program “Partnership for modernization” with a dozen countries, Medvedev recalled.