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Russia has no plans to restore Soviet Union — Medvedev

October 15, 2014, 13:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW
It is impossible to restore what is gone, and there is no returning to the past, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

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MOSCOW, October 15. /TASS/. Russia has no plans to restore the Soviet Union, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday

In an interview with CNBC TV channel, Medvedev said that some countries used the myth about rebuilding the former Soviet Union as a way of consolidating elites.

"Regrettably, for some countries, including small ones, this is simply a way of consolidating elites," he said. “We all remember how it works: the Russians are coming, so we must unite, and under this banner hold parliamentary elections… Well, if they find this helpful, let them have fun,” Medvedev noted. “It is impossible to restore what is gone, obviously,” Medvedev said.

“The world has changed since then, and the Soviet Union no longer exists. We have the Russian Federation, which is based on a Constitution adopted by our people. This Constitution proclaims the same set of values that is accepted by the absolute majority of humankind, notably, the supremacy of human rights, democracy, the protection of private property, market-based development and so on and so forth. I won’t list all of them because these are universal values,” he said, adding that nobody wanted to go back. “There is no returning to the past,” he said.

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