MOSCOW, September 8 (Itar-Tass) —— Dmitry Rogozin may quit the post of the Russian permanent representative in NATO already this month. Rogozin’s comeback in Russian politics has been actively discussed in the media recently. On Wednesday, at the World Political Forum in Yaroslavl Rogozin stated that he did not decide yet whether he will run in upcoming State Duma elections. However, he told Kommersant later that he intends to return in Russian politics soon. Rogozin is one of the founders of the Rodina Party. In 2006 he voluntarily quitted as the party leader and left the post of the chief of the Rodina State Duma faction. Rodina joined Just Russia later. In 2008 Rogozin was appointed as permanent representative to NATO.
Dmitry Rogozin opened the section devoted to global security and local conflicts in Yaroslavl on Wednesday, the Kommersant writes. Introducing a rapporteur, a section moderator and the chairman of the board of the Institute of Modern Development Igor Yurgens noted that “we lack Rogozin on the domestic political scene.” “I will come back, so do not regret about my return in the future,” Rogozin said in a joke.
His speech called the interethnic problem in modern Russia and Europe really turned out to be quite a campaigning speech, the newspaper believes. Dmitry Rogozin warned immediately that though he still works at the post of the permanent representative to NATO he will not speak about the relations with the North Atlantic Alliance and even not about an external threat, but about an internal threat. “The position of Russian citizens, the so-called Russian problem is the top priority of modern Russian policy,” he stated. “Russia as well as the West experiences an unprecedented migration inflow. Our migration is not justified in economic terms and is extremely dangerous in political and social aspects,” he noted.
After that Dmitry Rogozin named the main concern of the Russian people. “High tensions exist between the ethnic groups from the North Caucasus and Russian natives. The locals from these republics blatantly violate the Russian cultural standard. Some peoples in Russia have more privileged rights than others, and the Russian people is in the position of a discriminated majority,” he stated and formulated the choice, which the country is facing. “Whether the peripheral regions will dominate the center and will barbarize it or peripheral regions will modernize the center,” he pointed out.
After the speech Dmitry Rogozin acknowledged to Kommersant that he is not going to delay his comeback to Russian politics. “Already on September 21, the Congress of Russian Communities will be held. We will voice our decision at the congress how and with whom we will run in the elections,” he said. “I can say about me personally that I had never quitted Russian politics and intends to return soon. But primarily as a patriot I should consult with the Russian president, as a special envoy of which I work.” Meanwhile, sources in the Russian Foreign Ministry are unanimous that the decision for Rogozin’s comeback in Moscow is already approved and he will be relieved from the post of the permanent representative in NATO before the end of September.