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Russia, Medvedev: Wikileaks Is Very Positive For International Relations

Posted by Info on 27/01/2011

On the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, whose government is not noted for its openness said in Davos about Wikileaks:
“Despite the fact that in itself those were probably illegal activities in the view of some states, the effect of this affair appears to me very, very positive for international relations.”...”remember Russia was only 20 years on the path of democracy. All our efforts to rebuild and further develop the global economy will be in vain if we fail to defeat terrorism, extremism and intolerance.”

WikiLeaks’ publication of U.S. diplomatic cables painted an unflattering picture of Russia as a lawless, corrupt, mafia state and Medvedev as the junior partner begging approval from Russia’s “alpha-dog ruler” Vladimir Putin, the prime minister.

German Gref, the head of Russia’s top bank, state-controlled Sberbank, said he thought Medvedev’s key message to investors was that Russia’s democracy was still very young.

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