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A new deal with Russia?

It's in the interests of both the west and Russia to seek a grand bargain on the issues that divide them

By Charles Grant   November 2007

“The Soviet Union was easier to deal with than Russia is today,” says a senior French diplomat. “Sometimes the Soviets were difficult, but you knew they were being obstructive in order to achieve an objective. Now Russia seeks to block the west systematically on every subject, apparently without a purpose.”

Relations between Russia and the west are at their prickliest since the break-up of the Soviet Union. Russia is blocking a UN security council resolution that would authorise independence for Kosovo under EU tutelage. It is thwarting US and EU efforts to impose more UN sanctions on Iran. It says…

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