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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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this moment, that even countries which have
pursued such a cautious and reserved policy
towards Russia as Denmark, have now begun
negotiations with at least the object of arriving
at a commercial agreement.[1]

I do not believe that the Russian people take
any serious interest in the political quarrels which
split up Europe. My impression is that Russia
does not see anything more in the possibility
actually offered of resuming closer relations with
the outside world than a means to obtain foreign
co-operation in the great work of reconstruction
which it has to carry through.

It is important in establishing this contact that
both the foreign countries and Russia herself
should adopt the European economic point of view
of which I have spoken.

It is also of the utmost importance that both
sides should endeavour to understand each other
and try to gain an objective knowledge of each
other.

The aim of the succeeding chapters must
accordingly be to restore the economic interest in Russia
on a sound foundation: that is, on an impartial
recognition of the real state of the country.

If we study the Russian problem with minds
free from preconceived opinions, whether pessimistic
or optimistic, we shall find it less hard to discover
a solution which will help to restore the
international economic equilibrium, and in so doing
render it considerably easier to secure peace.


[1] Since the above was written an agreement has been arrived at,
and has been accepted by both parties.

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