State Duma Speaker: “We need a Greater Europe from Lisbon to Vladivostok”

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June 16, 2016 – 

PolitRussia – 

Translated by J. Arnoldski

“Europe from Lisbon to Vladivostok” is not the idea of a “private club” as is the case in the US’ attempts to create Transatlantic and Transpacific partnerships. The concept of “Greater Europe” is rather the idea of partnership and equal relations between states without attempts at restricting or denying  national sovereignty. This was said by the Speaker of the State Duma, Sergey Naryshkin, in his speech at a meeting with historians and political analysts of the Far East.

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“I would emphasize that [the idea of Greater Europe] at its core does not include any infringement upon national sovereignty, no confrontation of cultures, and no integration ‘unions.’ This is not a ‘private club’ for the elite with secret rules as, for example, is being built in the Transatlantic and Transpacific partnerships. In this case, we are talking about a genuine, equal partnership founded on the very logic of the historical development of Eurasia,” Naryshkin is quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

Naryshkin added that, while currently in Vladivostok itself, he feels the grand scale of the conception of a united and greater Europe. 

The speaker of the State Duma has expressed hope that the historians, political analysts, and economists of the Far East will attentively work out the theoretical basis and practical measures for realizing the idea of “Greater Europe.” 

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