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19 November 2017 16:06 (South Africa)

Meanwhile, Clinton urges Russia to move towards more open political system

Speaking to 1,000 students at Moscow State University, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said Russia best fulfils its potential with an open political system that permits dissent. “The more open and dynamic the political system you have, the more opinions will flow in, and the more successful outcomes will flow out,” Clinton told the students. Asked to name a book that deeply affected her, she cited Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov,” saying the parable of the Grand Inquisitor spoke to dangers of certitude. Clinton’s visit underscores the growing warmth the Obama administration is showing towards Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, even though his foreign minister Sergei Lavrov seems to have contradicted him on Iranian sanctions. When Clinton was asked during a Moscow radio interview why she had seen the president, she explained, “The president sets the policy. (Just as) I carry out President Obama’s policy; minister Lavrov carries out President Medvedev’s policy.” And what book would Putin name? Joseph Conrad’s “The Secret Agent” or one of those Tom Clancy novels like “Clear and Present Danger”?

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