MOSCOW, February 6 (RIA Novosti)
President Dmitry Medvedev proposed on Monday that Russia could consider joining the Open Government Partnership, an international initiative designed to make government more transparent and effective.
“I believe it stands to reason for us to consider participation in this [initiative],” Medvedev said, adding that it also sets out to fight corruption, increase civic participation, and improve governance standards.
“Let’s look into it,” he said.
OGP aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, strengthen democracy and human rights, and harness technology and innovation to transform governance in the 21st century.
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The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.