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Russia: Politics and Government

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the election of Dmitry Medvedev as Russian President. (192213)

It is too early to tell what the implications of the results of the recent Russian presidential elections are. The victor, Mr. Medvedev, does not take office until 7 May, when he is expected to announce a new Cabinet, the make up of which will give a clearer sense of the direction of Russia under his leadership.

It is vital that we engage with Russia on a wide range of international objectives, such as Iran, the middle east peace process and climate and energy security. However, there are also important bilateral strains, which need to be addressed. I hope that Mr. Medvedev's presidency will provide an opportunity to strengthen our bilateral relationship with Russia.