Russia to stay out of clash of civilizations - Putin

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MOSCOW, June 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will not get involved in any clash of civilizations, as conflict is not in its national interests, the president said Tuesday.

"Russia does not need confrontation of any sort, and we will not be part of any 'holy alliance,'" Vladimir Putin said at a meeting in the Foreign Ministry.

He said an element of uncertainty had remained after the bipolar geopolitical system collapsed, which might fuel talk about an inevitable conflict of civilizations similar to the Cold War.

Putin said new ideas and approaches were needed to thwart these dangerous trends and that the first world summit of religious leaders, which will be held in Moscow on July 4-5, should draft initiatives on a dialogue between civilizations.

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