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A conference entitled “Identification and Integration in the New Eurasia” was held by Georgetown University's Center for Eurasian, Russian and Eastern European Studies (CERES) in Washington on Monday. American experts discussed the NATO summit in Bucharest and its influence on relations between Russia and the West. Kommersant's Washington correspondent Dmitry Sidorov followed the discussion.
At the end of his talk, Gati analyzed the differences between Moscow and Washington. “American should understand that the Cold War and the crusade against Russia are over,” he said. “To improve relations with Russia, the U.S. should lower its level of enmity toward the country.” He said that that was necessary for pragmatic reasons, since “we have no options for changing Russian authoritarianism from without.”