Russia – ‘it’s all good’

by Andy on 3/25/2005

RIA Novosti has a quick roundup of quotes from Russian parliamentarians. A relatively consistent message seems to be beginning to emerge from Russia, which is – ‘There’s nothing much to worry about. These are people we can do business with. Oh, and by the way, we expected this revolution.’

Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the Federation Council international affairs committee:

“That Akayev turned out to be so easy to topple shows that he failed to create an effective system of government. Russia’s losses are minimal. The opposition has not made any anti-Russian statements, and its leaders are open to agreement, notably, on the future of the Russian military base in Kant.”

Some self congratulatory comments, too:

Ahmed Bilalov, deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee for CIS affairs:

“Kyrgyzstan was the only republic where the Russian Federation was ready for revolutionary events: opposition leaders came to Moscow in January for talks with [Russian] officials. At last, Russia was able to anticipate the events.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that the Russian government’s automatic tendency to lash out at ‘outside forces’ has been completely quashed. Mosnews reports that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is blaming the revolution, at least in part, on OSCE meddling.

“We count on the OSCE and other international organizations to behave responsibly, because too much depends on their pronouncements on the recent election and related developments,” Sergei Lavrov says.

No official comment, so far as I can tell, from President Putin himself.

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