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Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will “work together” for a peaceful global order : Dalai Lama

He was speaking at an event organized by the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) at the Federation House

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New Delhi, Jan 21, 2017: In the hope that the newly elected US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will “work together” for a peaceful global order, Dalai Lama today said that   “Dialogue” should drive the 21st century.

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While observing that peace and non-violence was “growing” in the current era the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader made these remarks. He also lauded the role of multilateralism, especially the European Union (EU).

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“I am one of the admirers of EU and look forward to African Union, Latin American Union, Asian Union and one at the global level. Using force has become outdated. The 21st century should be the century of dialogue,” the Dalai Lama said, and exuded hope that Trump and Putin would work together, mentioned PTI.

He was speaking at an event organized by the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) at the Federation House here.

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The 81-year-old spiritual leader batting for woman empowerment, said that women are more suited to be in leadership roles for they are inherently equipped with compassion and went on to suggest that a “female Dalai Lama” was very much a possibility. “I was asked this question in an interview many years ago (on female Dalai Lama). I had said why not? If circumstances suggest that a female Dalai Lama would be more effective. I would say the role can go to an outsider as well,” he said.

The Dalai Lama in a praising tone for India said that India’s tradition of respecting all religions as well as non-believers was “very relevant” in contemporary times while underlining the virtues of secularism and tolerance. He took shelter in India after fleeing Tibet in 1959.

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Interference in Elections? The View From Moscow on Muller’s Report

In a series of coordinated surveys conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Levada Center in Moscow, sociologists asked Americans and Russians a variety of questions on foreign policy. The results somewhat surprised them. 

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People walk along Nikolskaya Street near the Kremlin on a sunny day in Moscow, Russia, March 9, 2019. VOA

It was late Saturday evening in Moscow and almost 24 hours since the news that special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his long-awaited report to the U.S. attorney general had reached Russia’s capital. But both the Kremlin and the country’s Foreign Ministry were quiet.

While no details of the inquiry were made public, a single commentary by an unnamed Justice Department official could be viewed in Moscow as a preliminary victory: Mueller and his team, investigating alleged collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, did not recommend any further indictments.

Russian officials for months have been denying any interference in the U.S. elections, despite dozens of charges brought by Mueller and his team against 25 Russian nationals, mostly military officers and trolls, for their role in alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The people VOA interviewed on the streets of Moscow seemed uninterested in Mueller himself and the line of work he does.

‘It never happened’

And a few, who were familiar with the inquiry he had led, stood firmly by their government, denying Moscow’s interference in the U.S. elections or any other malign activity abroad.

“We didn’t need any such interference and it never happened,” said one unnamed Moscovite to VOA. “Russia didn’t have either desire or resources to influence the will of the American people,” echoed another.

Independent experts are not surprised by such reaction by fellow countrymen.

“The majority will tell you that you have to deny everything by default. We are in the state of information war, and it’s the right tactics,” said Denis Volkov from Levada Center, a Russian independent polling organization.

Volkov has been studying public opinion in Russia for more than 10 years. He said that typically, at the beginning of surveys, Russians avoid answering questions about Moscow’s malevolent behavior abroad by just saying “it could have been anyone.”

The researcher said that with such responses people almost subconsciously repeat the ever-changing interpretation of Russia’s involvement abroad by state-controlled TV.

“It’s just like we [Russians] were rejecting the idea of Russian troops being in Crimea until Putin said, ‘Yes, those were our soldiers.’ But previously, he denied it,” Volkov said.

Old grudges

Experts believe many Russians also tend to accept the government’s interpretation of global events because of sociohistoric grudges stemming from lost glory.

The ongoing conflict between Moscow and the West doesn’t help, either.

“I’d say it’s almost some kind of envy toward a country that is No. 1. Because just recently, there was a parity and 30 years ago it all ended,” Volkov said.

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FILE – Special counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump. VOA

The head of the Russian International Affairs Council, Andrey Kortunov, disagrees with Volkov. By siding with the government on issues like this, Russians simply seek affirmation of their new place in the world today.

“I think for an average Russian it’s a mechanism of attracting American attention. Russia means something and you cannot write it off. You cannot call it Upper Volta with missiles, or a gas station that pretends to be a country,” Kortunov said.

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But studies show that Russians are not the only people who accept the mainstream position for ultimate truth.

In a series of coordinated surveys conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Levada Center in Moscow, sociologists asked Americans and Russians a variety of questions on foreign policy. The results somewhat surprised them.

“It amused me quite a bit. The answers were mirror images of each other. The Russians said: ‘It’s not us, it’s them who interferes in our affairs.’ The exact opposite was true for the U.S.,” Volkov said. (VOA)