In the new global reality, Russia is steadfastly defending its national interests
The level of economic awareness and activity is high. And I think that constructive discussions have shown that Russia has overcome the confusion of the first few weeks, and continues to work on ensuring it can stand firmly on its own two feet. There is always a window to dialogue, but we need to draw our conclusions today — Grigory Karasin, Chairman of the Committee of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Foreign Affairs.
What we are left with is a state of affairs that always existed, but not everybody understood – ultimately, every country needs to put its own interests above all else. This is the main rule which existed, and today, more and more countries are beginning to recognize that fact. And conversely, the rule that someone from outside will help you no longer rings true. The West believed in its exceptionalism, that its status did not come from some kind of objective reality, but was bestowed from above. We are all too aware that a status is always supported by trust, trust in institutions. <...> They wanted to isolate us, but it’s now pretty clear that through the loss of trust, they are isolating themselves. Fewer and fewer partners want the kind of relations with them that existed previously — Maxim Oreshkin, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation.
The sooner we realize that life is now different, the quicker we’ll be able to start work on restructuring the economy, political sphere, social sector, and yes, even things like music, and the better off we’ll be. And we’ll be able to come up with new principles, new policies, and new approaches. Based on these principles, we will negotiate with the West on new rules that need to be put in place, at least to replace today’s game, which has no rules at all — Andrey Kostin, President and Chairman of the Management Board, VTB Bank.