Russia’ swimming against tide will not work’ – EU ambassador

Vygaudas Ušackas
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Russia‘s political elite are still searching for a new Russian identity years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the EU Ambassador to Russia Vygaudas Ušackas told Žinių radijas.

“It’s difficult, because times have changed, we are living in a globalized world dominated by mutual relations, free trade, and you cannot reach for that in artificial actions and steps. All this is a sort of attempt to swim against the tide and eventually they will not survive. People have not yet found their new character and identity. It is unfortunate that this situation is beneficial for someone at the top,” said V.Ušackas.

“Longing for the Soviet times reflect nostalgia which a part of the Russian population have felt since the Soviet era. The Soviet Union’s break-up in 1990 brought freedom, democracy, a unique opportunity. For more than half of Russians, as shown by surveys, it was a great collapse, the loss of their greatness. Many Russians still regret and long for it. But this in itself is already a threat and risk,” said Ušackas.

Žinių Radijas

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