29 May 2018 11:50

Int'l diplomacy being replaced by rhetoric, hindering solution of problems - Ushakov

MOSCOW. May 29 (Interfax) - Traditional methods of communication are being replaced by "microphone diplomacy," and information noise, abusive remarks, and insults are becoming a new reality in international relations, Russian Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov said at the Primakov Readings on Tuesday.

"Microphone diplomacy is replacing the traditional kind. Every day you witness baseless allegations, misinterpretation of facts, and information noise, which swallows up any alternative points of view," Ushakov said.

"Abusive remarks and insults have also become common; they are even using strong expressions which, in the past, one could hear only from debauched people," he said.

"As a result, world politics is losing its focus on the search for compromises and settlement of problems, which is regularly conducted quietly behind the scenes, at diplomatic negotiations. This is far from being the only negative factor hindering balanced and concerted efforts of the international community and the search for joint answers to numerous contemporary challenges," Ushakov said.

"Without negotiations, without the desire to hear each other, without the willingness to heed different opinions and to search for compromises, it is absolutely impossible to approach a solution of the problems and threats encountered by the international community," he said.