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Russia says the West is spreading nasty stories about it and that its damaging relations between the two sides, but is there any basis to them? Fiona Clark takes a look.
Russians have been speaking in a conciliatory tone recently. Take Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s article published a few weeks ago in the magazine “Russia and Global Affairs.”
“We are not seeking confrontation with the United States, or the European Union, or NATO. On the contrary, Russia is open to the widest possible cooperation with its Western partners,” he wrote.
He argued Russia was misunderstood and still viewed in the now obsolete pre-WWII view of a totalitarian aggressor.
“The notion of the ‘clash of two totalitarianisms,’ which is now actively inculcated in European minds, including at schools, is groundless and immoral. The Soviet Union, for all its evils, never aimed to destroy entire nations.”