2009-06-24 10:49:00

Russia shares the Arab states' desire to combine the state-of-the-art trends and respect for their national and religious traditions - Medvedev

Cairo, June 24, Interfax - Moscow is against attempts to teach democracy to the Arab world and directly interfere in its affairs, said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

"There is something to learn from the Arab world. Therefore, we believe it is absolutely unacceptable either to lecture it or thrust democracy upon it, not to mention directly interfere in its affairs from the outside," Medvedev said at the League of Arab States headquarters in Cairo on Tuesday.

Russia "shares and understands the Arab states' desire to combine the state-of-the-art trends and respect for their national and religious traditions in their development," he said.

This is the only way "to really strengthen political stability and achieve economic prosperity and social wellbeing in the region," Medvedev said.

"To overcome the global crisis, which is of a systemic and actually of a civilizational nature, the history of all cultural traditions needs to be taken into account," he said.

"Any attempts to classify development models in a so-called pure form and create a universal development model to spread if all over the world do not work or turn into utopias, and sometimes they unfortunately turn into disasters," Medvedev said.