Europe has no other way but to restore dialogue with Russia, said in an interview German British historian and Russia expert Orlando Figes.
"If to consider that the Russian Federation responds only to force, the situation will become more acute," said he.
"The only possible way Is to try to establish a new form of dialogue, without abandoning principles," the historian said.
The demonization of Russia and the revival of the stereotypes of the cold war are not conducive to dialogue." We don't help ourselves by allowing Russophobia be superimposed on our understanding of our expectations from it, " said Figes.
according to his statement, Russophobia arose long before the cold war and is part of the European self-image.
"The Russians are Asians, the Huns, the demons, and We're not. The good Ukrainians, Russians bad. In the nineteenth century, the poles were good, and bad Russians. This is a simplistic discourse that leads nowhere and does not benefit anyone, " drew the attention of Fices.