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    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

    Western States Seek to Present Russia as 'Second-Rate' Country

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    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Moscow was not trying to play the role of the head of the world in any way, as no country in the world can lay the weight of global problems solely on its shoulders.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Western countries try to present Russia as a "second-rate country" of regional significance instead of treating Moscow as an equal partner, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told Sputnik in an interview.

    "I presume that many may not like our position. That is normal. What’s most important is that we have one. Unfortunately, our western colleagues cannot get used to this, and instead of building relations with Russia like an equal partner with its own, quite justified for a large country geopolitical and economic interests, they are trying to present us as a 'second-rate country,' or a 'regional' power at best," Medvedev said.

    The prime minister stressed that Moscow was not trying to play the role of the head of the world in any way, as no country in the world can lay the weight of global problems solely on its shoulders.

    "But Russia must occupy its rightful place in the world order and have equal relations with other countries. This has been predetermined by our history, and our size, and our participation in large global organizations, primarily being one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. And simply because we are a large military and the largest nuclear power," he added.

    Medvedev expressed hope that after Russian delegation's speeches at the Munich Security Conference, the Western partners would discuss what was actually said instead of what many would like to hear from an "aggressive" and "unpredictable" Russia.

    The three-day Munich Security Conference focusing on conflict prevention is set to begin on Friday.

    Read the full version of the interview here.


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