Putin may not have plan, but obeys imperial instinct and seeks weak points, - Bildt

Swedish diplomat Carl Bildt believes that the West's support of the independence of Russia's neighbors will gradually force Russian leadership to give up its "imperial instincts."

Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

A century after the revolution that ended the Russian Empire, Moscow grabs every opportunity to reclaim whatever it sees as its asset. Vladimir Putin may not have a plan, but he is ready to obey the imperial instinct, Bildt wrote in his column in Novoie Vremia magazine.

According to him, Putin is seeking weak points and will calm down only "if the West firmly supports these countries' independence over a prolonged period of time. Eventually, Russia will realize that it is in its own long-term interest to break its historical pattern, concentrate on its domestic development, and build peaceful and respectful relations with its neighbors."

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"We need a stable, prosperous, and peaceful Russia. And that can be achieved only with determined support for the independence and sovereignty of all of its neighbors," the diplomat sums up.

As previously reported, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to step up the Normandy format talks o n the settlement of the situation in the Donbas.
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