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On May 27, 2015 the German Marshall Fund of the United States (Brussels) held a round table “Promoting Democracy in the Age of Competition with Russia”
28 May 2015 16:11

The list of speakers included experts from the leading European and US think-tanks, among them being a Ukrainian research fellow Orysia Lutsevych of the British “Chatham House”, representatives of the EU External Action Sevice as well as of foreign diplomatic missions accredited in Brussels.

The main deliverable of the discussion has been a clear message to the world that the contemporary Russia represents nothing else but the authoritarian model of a political system. Moscow hinders any democratic progress not only at home but also in the neighboring countries, including first of all Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. Imposing a non-democratic model upon those societies is seen as a tool to keep the countries within Russia’s sphere of influence and ensure that its incumbent rulers stay in power.

The round-table talk participants expressed critical assessments with regard to the nature, ways and genuine aims of Russia’s erecting the so called “Russian world”. They looked at how and where to step up international community action in order to ensure further democracy progress as opposed to Russia’s deliberate steps to negate democratic values in the world.

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