Dealing with the Russians

Whoever wins the election, Russia will remain an unpredictable neighbour for the west. Nato must expand eastwards but should encourage some states to become partners, not members

By Douglas Hurd   9

Our greatest tribute to modern India is that we take its elections for granted. By contrast, a Russian election is still an amazing event on which all eyes will be fixed in June-amazing because it happens at all, because of the colourful personality of President Yeltsin and because we feel in an undefined way that our own future is caught up with the result.

The west has an evident interest in reform in Russia and reform for the last 11 years has been identified with a personality, first Mikhail Gorbachev, now Boris Yeltsin. So it is natural that in Moscow…

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