Konstantin Kosachyov, chairman of the international affairs committee in the RF Gosduma, said, “President Medvedev’s performance at the Hokkaido summit of the world’s leading industrial nations was an absolute success. Let me point out, for objectivity’s sake, that differing points of view were voiced in Japan, and, come to think of it, a few countries of the West. Some media outlets said President Medvedev was a complete failure. What they said to prove their point of view sounded ridiculous, far from serious, and hardly professional. They accused Medvedev of failing to keep the United States of America from deploying elements of anti-missile defence in Europe, move a step closer to the settlement of the dispute over control of the Northern Kurile Islands, and improve relations with London. You will, of course, agree that one has to be a complete ignoramus in politics or an outspoken enemy of Russia to speak that way about someone’s performance at a G-8 summit. Are G-8 summits called to discuss that sort of things?
As for me, I never doubted that President Medvedev would do well in Japan. His impressive record of involvement in domestic and international policy-making dates back to the Putin period, and as soon as he entered the Kremlin, about two months ago, he started demonstrating excellent command of the whole gamut of this country’s problems. Since then, he held a number of big media conferences, and he never beat about the bush answering the journalists’ questions.
The Hokkaido summit proved he looked good on the silver screen, had a good sense of humour, and knew how to control his emotions. It did more than that. It made it clear that the new leader of Russia was perfectly prepared to play a role in the settlement of the most pressing global problems. The Hokkaido forum yielded thirty agreements, and, it is, in great measure, due to Russia that it owes that impressive result. The leaders of the world’s most developed nations upheld President Medvedev’s calls for the convocation of a grain summit and follow-up conferences of their ministers of agriculture, and, in the same context, hailed his pledge to boost food production and food exports.
The Russian decision to host an international conference on the Middle East was also appreciated. All participants in the Hokkaido forum liked what Dmitri Medvedev said about expanded cooperation in civilian nuclear production. And, Medvedev said before leaving Hokkaido that Russia meant to remain a reliable seller of sources of energy and hold a high profile in the settlement of the climate change problem. The Hokkaido meeting between Dmitri Medvedev and the leaders of Brazil, India, and China shed even more light on the growing role of Russia in efforts to settle global problems. Tell me, please, did any other national leader manage to score more impressive results at Hokkaido?”
10 July 2008
Voice of Russia World Service