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Д.Медведев.Форум европейских,азиатских медиа.09.12.09.Part 2

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Speech and Responses to Questions at Forum of European and Asian Media.Part 2 December 9, 2009 Moscow Выступление на Форуме европейских и азиатских медиа. 9 декабря 2009 года Москва, Московский международный Дом музыки I wish you good and productive discussions. Your discussions have already begun, and are intense in nature. This is normal. This is what you came for, these fierce but at the same time friendly discussions. I will end here - end my opening remarks, in any case. If you have questions, anything you wanted to ask but were afraid to do so earlier, you can do so now. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF FOR RIA NOVOSTI SVETLANA MIRONYUK: I would like to make a brief remark, Mr President. Today, the roles in the world of media are all mixed up: writers become readers, while readers become writers and bloggers. With your own blog, you have essentially entered our professional community. Thus, I would like to suggest that today we view your words not just as a speech from the President of the Russian Federation, but as a member of our professional community as well. DMITRY MEDVEDEV: That means that I have even greater responsibility. All right, I will focus. SVETLANA MIRONYUK: Colleagues, I would like to stress that we have a limited amount of time to ask the President only a few questions. ANNA SHELEPOVA: I represent the New Generation newspaper from Kazakhstan. I would like to get a clearer understanding of your opinion regarding the fact that Kazakhstan will be presiding over the OSCE. What are your thoughts about it? DMITRY MEDVEDEV: I only have good thoughts. First of all, we are just generally pleased that Kazakhstan, our close partner and a nation with which we have friendly relations, will be presiding over the OSCE. I believe that to a certain extent, this will help the OSCE renew its position. I recall I was just a teenager when respected leaders signed the Helsinki Final Act on Security and Cooperation in Europe. A lot of time has passed since then. Europe has changed a great deal, and new states emerged in it. Europe has become much more united it has come together and it has formed a unified economic zone. Its political institutions have changed too, maybe not as rapidly as it was required, but there is a positive side to this, because the institutions, including OSCE, need to be reasonably conservative. The fact that our partner will preside over the OSCE is a very good thing which I supported from the very beginning. I am confident that the idea of holding an OSCE summit would be very useful because OSCE leaders have not met all together for a long time. European leaders need to regularly meet at various European forums, which does not contradict to the ideas of the overall European security I recently outlined. Even though we are ready to participate in the OSCE in diverse formats and even though the OSCE is a good thing as one of the operating platforms and should be further developed, nevertheless, we believe that it is now time to think about the future. The OSCE does not cover all security issues, nor does the European Union, nor even, I dare say, NATO, same as other organisations, including ones that Russia participates in, such as the CIS, the CSTO, etc. That is why we need to think about the future of Europes security. Last year, I put forward an idea on this topic: the European Security Treaty. I recently posted the draft of this document on the presidential website and sent letters about it to leaders in Europe, the United States, and Canada. http://www.kremlin.ru