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Russian Liberal Democrats leader calls for channeling resources into domestic projects

December 19, 2013, 13:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian government should channel the bulk of resources into domestic projects, in the first place, as this will make Russia more attractive for the neighbors in terms of integration, believes Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR).

“For the future, we should produce a concept in which Russia itself will serve as a model country and a partner everyone wants to turn to,” Zhirinovsky said at a session of the Open Tribune association.

“If we continue handing out money — and now we’re giving money to Ukraine and we gave it to Kyrgyzstan, or else we may aliment Armenia - then we’ll find ourselves in a situation where those countries stay more or less together with us but hold talks with others at the same time,” he said.

“And if we throw all of our weight behind domestic projects and Russia gains more strength, then it will become more attractive for others and we’ll be making bigger gains as a result,” Zhirinovsky said.

He also stressed a humanitarian element of the current political situation, saying: “It’s important that historians should provide more materials on ourselves, the materials showing that we are basically Europeans. We need promulgation of knowledge.”

“What kind of a slogan is it, ‘Let us go to Europe’?” Zhirinovsky asked with a rhetorical note. “And isn’t Russia a part of Europe?”

“People should be shown what we had here 25,000 years ago and 3,000 years ago,” he said. “And who invented /a separate/ Russia, Ukraine and Belarus? We should get more materials showing that this was a united family.

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