Stumping for votes in southern Siberia, Communist party leader and presidential candidate Gennady Zyuganov gave radio listeners a brief outline of his foreign policy priorities. Zyuganov summed up Russian policy simply as "utmost openness to the West and the East, but with active support and protection of the domestic market." He also identified three especially important areas for Moscow: potential discord between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea; strife between Christians and Muslims; and relations with China. On the first two counts, Zyuganov intimated that unnamed forces were intent upon stirring up trouble for Moscow. With regard to Christians and Muslims, for example, Zyuganov said that "three centers — Serbia, Chechnya, and Tajikistan — are bleeding white. Some want to arrange confrontations between us and the Muslims." He also declared that everything connected with the territory of the former Soviet Union lies in Russia’s zone of vital interests and suggested that Moscow would work toward restoring this "geopolitical space that has been destroyed." (Itar-Tass, March 27)
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