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Monday, 21 May 2018 01:35

Digest of interesting events in April

Accuya flags
Moscow and Ankara concluded an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the "Akkuyu" nuclear power plant with VVER-1200 reactors in Mersin province on the Mediterranean coast in May 2010.

At the beginning of April 2018 Atomic Energy Agency of Turkey issued a license for the construction of the first unit. The regulator acknowledged nuclear power plant project complies with all requirements adopted in Turkey.

The design solutions of the "Akkuyu" NPP Station meet all modern requirements of the world nuclear community, enshrined in IAEA safety standards, the International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group and the requirements of the EUR Club.

Arrived on April 3 in Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin, together with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, took part in the ceremony of launching the construction of the first power unit of the "Akkuyu" nuclear power plant, which Rosatom is building in Turkey. Turkish president called the start of construction - "a historic moment". Erdogan stressed that with the output to full capacity, the nuclear power plant will meet 10% of Turkey's electricity needs, reducing dependence on gas and coal.

Accuya plan

The first nuclear power plant in Turkey will be launched in 2023, creating new jobs both in Russia and Turkey. Start of commercial operation of the power units №1-4 tentatively scheduled for April 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026, respectively. Under the plan, "Akkuyu" should issue 35 billion kW / h of electricity per year at the stage of commissioning of all power units. The service life of the first power unit is calculated until 2083.

NPP "Akkuyu" Construction Project in Turkey is the world's first nuclear power plant project, implemented by BOO model (build-own-operate). It is 100% funded by the Russian Federation and, according to the signed intergovernmental agreement, at least 51% of shares should belong to companies from the Russian Federation, and 49% can be sold to outside investors.

In Saudi Arabia, where cinemas were banned in the early 1980s, the film was first shown on a wide screen

SA Cinema first movieFor more than 35 years, the inhabitants of the kingdom mostly went to watch films in neighboring Bahrain, but recently the General Commission on Audiovisual Media began issuing licenses to cinemas. The first shown film was the American animated film of 2017 "Emodzhi film".

It is noteworthy that the government lifted the ban on the work of cinemas even after the country's chief priest stated that "debauchery, which is shown in the films", distorts the morality of the country.

The Ministry of Culture ignored this statement and noted that it will begin to grant licenses for the screening of films immediately. But at the same time the films planned for the demonstration will be censored before they reach the big screens in order not to violate the country's moral values.

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A statement by the Minister of Information and Culture of Saudi Arabia states that the lifting of the ban on cinemas is part of the program of social and economic reforms implemented by Prince Mohammed ibn Salman.

According to Prince Mohammed, cinemas will reduce the level of extremism: "If you want to fight terrorism, you need to give people a lot of love. Love comes from joy, and the film - it's a joy".

SA CinemaThe economic development program of Saudi Arabia until 2030 provides for a serious growth of the entertainment segment, which forces the kingdom to abandon the extremely conservative policy of separate existence of men and women. According to government estimates, by 2030 the country will open about 300 cinemas with more than 2 thousands Halls. This will create 30 thousands Jobs and will contribute to the GDP approximately $ 24 billion.

Among other social reforms announced in Saudi Arabia in recent years - the abolition of the ban on driving a car by women.

The historic meeting of South and North Korean leaders Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un took place

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Kim Jong-un's meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in took place in the demilitarized zone on the South Korean side of the border at the Panmunjom border crossing during the inter-Korean summit of 2018.

Over four thousand journalists gathered to cover the inter-Korean summit from all over the world. South Korea turned the largest exhibition complex in Seoul into a huge press center. The summit was broadcast live on giant screens.

Formally, North and South Korea are still at war, since after the military conflict in 1950-1953 the countries have not signed a peace agreement. In fact, the Korean War lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. Many historians consider it was a conflict between the United States and the United Nations on the southern side and the army of China and the USSR Air Force from the north. After the war, the peninsula was divided into zones of influence of the USSR and the USA.

Kim Jong-un became the first leader of the DPRK to visit South Korea. For all time there were three meetings between the leaders of the two Koreas. In 1953, after the failed North Korean attack on the South in Pyongyang, the leaders of the North and the South held negotiations. In 2000 and in 2007, also in the capital of the DPRK, the father of the current leader of North Korea Kim Jong Il accepted the South Korean presidents.

The place where the soldiers of the North and South stand face to face is the most protected part of the demilitarized zone. Here, representatives of the two Koreas cross the state border for bilateral negotiations. In response to the question of Moon Jae-in, when he could visit the DPRK, Kim Jong-un took the president by the hand and moved to the north side. Previously, within the demilitarized zone, Southerners could cross the North border only inside special blue barracks. Returning to the territory of South Korea, the Leaders walked along the red carpet accompanied by soldiers dressed in the military uniform of the times of the united Korea.

Korea lunch
The first round lasted three hours. The place of negotiations was the "House of Peace" in the South Korean control zone. Kim Jong-un made an entry in the book for guests:
"At the beginning of a new history of peace and prosperity".

At noon, the black limousine of the leader of North Korea wandered from the House of Peace, with people in plainclothes running synchronously alongside him - the North Korean leader preferred dining on his territory.

Korea pine of piece
After lunch, the leaders arrived at the place of the symbolic tree planting (Pine Tree of Peace and Prosperity) - on the border of the two Koreas.

This action is filled with symbolism. The age of the tree is 65 years: exactly the same as after the end of the Korean War. Two slides of the earth: one - from the North Korean mountain of Paektusan, the other - from the South Korean Hallasan. Another detail: the water in the watering can Kim Jong-un - from the Han River in the South, at the Moon Jae-in - from North Korea Taedong in Pyongyang.

As a result of the meeting, the leaders of the two states agreed to sign a peace treaty this year that will end the Korean War, which is still officially incomplete, and about the resumption of communications between the countries.

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The parties undertake not to wage war against each other. They also agreed to work toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula and the phased reduction of armaments. The demilitarized zone on the border will now be called the "zone of peace". Also from May 1, countries stopped propaganda broadcasting on the border.

King of Swaziland Mswati III renamed his country to the Kingdom of eSvatini

EsvatiniThe new name of the state between South Africa and Mozambique is now eSvatini, which in Swahili means "Swazi's place". The population of the kingdom is about 1.1 million people.

King Mswati III announced the change of name at the sports stadium in Manzini during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the independence of Swaziland from British rule. He stated that the country was returning to the name that It used before colonization by the British. Another occasion for celebrations was the anniversary of Mswati himself, who also celebrated his 50th birthday.

Swaziland gained independence from Britain in 1968. Before that, the country had been under the British protectorate for more than 60 years.

Svati suiteThe issue of renaming Swaziland was discussed for many years, and at the legislative level the issue was considered since 2015. Mswati III used this name, speaking to the UN General Assembly in 2017, as well as opening the session of the country's parliament in 2014.

Officially, the king of this African country is called "nguyenyama" ("lion"). Most of all, he is known for his polygamy and love for the traditional Swazi costume, in which the monarch constantly appears in public. Mswati III is the last absolute monarch in Africa. His power in the territory of Swaziland is unlimited. The king has 15 wives, his father for a lifetime had a total of 125

The king said that because of the name of the state, there is often confusion: "Every time we go abroad, people think that we are from Switzerland".

Human rights activists criticize the authorities of Swaziland for banning political parties and discrimination against women. In addition, the country has the highest prevalence of HIV and AIDS in the world.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 13:58

March staffing

March turned out to be quite busy in terms of personnel changes in the world. Leaders and entire parliaments change. Let's follow consistently the most significant changes:

1459167371Armen Sargsyan, former Prime Minister of Armenia, candidate from the ruling Republican Party, was elected to the country's presidency by the parliament. In April, will come into force amendments to the Constitution of Armenia adopted in the autumn of 2016. The new version of the Basic Law ensures that the president's powers are reduced to representative ones. The main power in the country will be concentrated in the hands of the parliament and the government.

In Italy held early parliamentary elections, which were held under a new electoral law. 630 deputies of the Chamber of Deputies and 315 elected members of the Senate were elected. This is the 18th general election to the parliament of the Italian Republic.

In the Czech Republic, in the Prague Castle, the inauguration ceremony of Milos Zeman was held. He was first elected head of the Czech Republic in 2013 and after re-election in January entered his second five-year term.

catherine de bolleFor the first time the head of the police service of the European Union is a woman. It coincided that the decision on appointment was made on the International Women's Day.

Before that, Catherine De Boll became the first woman in the history of Belgium to lead the country's police. She has held this post since 2012.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Moravetsky dismissed 17 vice-ministers. This step, he said, should improve the work of the government and make it "less political". Moravetsky made his statement shortly after the opposition raised the question of the level of expenditure in the Polish Defense Ministry and premiums for members of the previous government team. Opposition MPs say that dismissals do not change the situation too much, since most former vice-ministers will continue to carry out their tasks, but at a lower level.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was dismissed from his post, in his place was appointed CIA Director Mike Pompeo. A new head of the CIA became Gina Hespel, the first woman to head the intelligence community.

Merkel 4.0
Most of the deputies of the German Bundestag voted for the re-election of Angela Merkel to the post of Chancellor of Germany. Under the Constitution of Germany, one and the same person can be on the post of the Federal Chancellor an unlimited number of terms. Helmut Kohl remained in his post for 16 years and lost his post as chancellor, losing the elections in 1998.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico resigned on the background of the political crisis in the country associated with the murder of journalist Jan Kutsiaka and his bride. The successor to Robert Fico at the post of premier was Deputy Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini.

In Russia, the presidential elections took place, the victory of which was won by Vladimir Putin.

According to the results of the "two sessions" in Beijing, the new composition of the Government of the People's Republic of China was approved. The chairman of the country was elected, the prime minister and vice premiers of the State Council of the PRC were appointed. Seven permanent members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee have taken office, they will make efforts to carry out further reforms in the country. Prime Minister Li Keqiang remained in office until 2023.

"Two sessions" is an instrument that the Chinese authorities use to demonstrate the democratic character of the processes and to consolidate the decisions of the Communist Party with a broad people's mandate.

In the course of the current reform, eight bodies at the ministerial level were liquidated, as well as seven divisions at the level of departments of ministries. The abolition of departments is aimed at more effective management of relevant cases.

The President of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, resigned. He presented to Congress a statement about his resignation because of a scandal with the bribery of the congressional votes. The new president became the first vice-president Martin Vizcarra.

Friday, March 30th it became known that in the near future the reform of state institutions will start in France, part of which, where it is a question of reducing the number of deputies and senators by 30%, has already been agreed. So, the number of deputies from 577 will be reduced to 404, and senators - from 348 to 244.

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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 02:05

Autumn summits and forums

On 2-3 September in Vladivostok held the second East Economic Forum (WEF)

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It took place on the island Russian, in the buildings of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU). This platform gathered nearly 2.5 thous. participants, which is 1.5 times more than in 2015.

WEF was visited by leaders of the three countries: Presidents of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and South Korea Park Geun-hye, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the top managers of 57 foreign companies from 28 countries, first persons of more than 200 Russian companies.

common foto East forumThe Forum was held under the motto "Discovering the Far East" and was dedicated to the integration of the territory into the system of economic relations of the Asia-Pacific Region (APR). For two days, representatives of business and government concluded more than 140, prepared earlier, agreements for a total amount of 1.6 trillion rubles.

The forum's program includes more than fifty events, including five business dialogues between the two countries: Russia - China, Russia - Republic of Korea, the Russian-Japanese business forum, Russia - ASEAN Russia - Germany.

As a result of all the events, Russia's president Vladimir Putin formulated the three main directions for cooperation in the region:

Reliable energy infrastructure.
The initiative of companies from Russia, Japan, South Korea and China to create a super power ring.

Transport infrastructure.
Formation of new competitive trans-Eurasian and regional routes.

The total space of the digital economy.
Creating a legal and technological environment for electronic interaction.

September 4, 2016, in the Chinese Hangzhou started G20 summit

Logo G20The main objective of this forum is to coordinate policies among G20 members to achieve global economic stability and sustainable growth of the world economy.

One of the issues of the summit was the creation of a new international financial architecture. During the summit, leaders discussed the construction of innovative, healthy, coherent and inclusive global economy.

At the G20 countries account for over 85 percent of global GDP. They are also home to more than 60 percent of the world's population.

At the meeting of Putin and Erdogan in the framework of the G20 summit in Hangzhou sides came close to the creation of a free trade area between Russia and Turkey and discussed the mutual withdrawal of food sanctions.

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Leaders of the G20 countries at the summit in Hangzhou approved the creation of the complex to ensure global economic growth measures. In this connection, it adopted a document named "Hangzhou consensus".

The document is based on the following features: vision, integration, openness, inclusiveness. It speaks of actions aimed at creating a set of measures to ensure the growth of the world economy.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 22:10

A new stage in Russian-Turkish relations

Lord Palmerston 1855
"Short-sighted to consider this or that country invariable ally or the perpetual enemy of England. We don't have constant allies. We don't have eternal enemies. Only our interests are immutable and eternal. And our duty to follow them...." - British Foreign Secretary, Lord Palmerston, House of Commons , 1848.

In politics, are no friends and enemies, the policy should be based on pragmatic ways. The art of politics - is to use each other for your own purposes.

There are factor makes Russia and Turkey alike - in a relatively short period of time they were able to quarrel with all its neighbors, and with each other.

The severance of relations with Russia had a negative impact on the Turkish economy and policy. The fact that Turkey is in a complicated relationship with the West, and the fact that Russia is in a difficult relationship with the West, pushing them to mutual contacts and rapprochement. The convergence was outlined even before the recent coup attempt in Ankara. The failure of the coup accelerated this rapproachement.

Now, Putin and Erdogan are trying to use each other for the prosperity of their countries and to strengthen personal power. But both their countries are in a difficult situation, they are in fact in a state of political isolation. And for the Russian president, and the president of Turkey rapprochement - is primarily a way to break through this blockade.

Putin ErdoganJuly 29, Putin and Erdogan phoned the first time after the incident with the military aircraft. They agreed to restore relations, as well as a personal meeting. A little over a week later, on August 9 th, in St. Petersburg, held negotitations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan.

Their meeting began with a handshake and lasted no more than ten minutes in front of cameras and for more than two hours behind closed doors. Both sides expressed optimism about the outcome of it. The meeting resulted, as expected by many experts, mutually beneficial agreements. The leaders discussed the entire range of bilateral relations, including the restoration of economic ties, where emphasis was placed on bilateral business projects.

The first charter flights will be resumed further visa restrictions would be reviewed.

The Turkish leader has confirmed that both the joint project between Moscow and Ankara: pipeline "Turkish Stream" and NPP "Akkuyu" will be resumed and brought to logical conclusion.

According to Erdogan, Turkey is ready to provide the project "Akkuyu" status of strategic investment:

"Thus, the project "Akkuyu" will take its place among the other projects in our country and will enjoy all the necessary benefits offered this status",  - said the Turkish President.

As the two leaders expressed the desire of both countries to enter the pre-crisis level of economic cooperation - the question arose about the lifting of economic restrictions. Russia plans to gradually abolish special economic measures and restrictions on Turkish companies. In particular, the prohibitions on the employment of Turkish construction companies will be lifted in the near future.

The negotiations resulted in a decision to accept at the government level in Russia, a special program of cooperation with Turkey in the 2016-2019 years. The fact of the beginning of negotiations is no less important than its result.

Syrian issue

Russia raised the issue of the permeability of the Turkish-Syrian border to the west of the Euphrates. This is a gap through which penetrated the terrorists and supplied weapons in recent years. In fact, after the bombings in Istanbul airport this year, a lot has changed. The Turks themselves are now much more interested in how to strictly control the border with Syria. Another issue is that it is not easy to do.

SiriaFrom a military point of view agree about something for Turkey and Russia will be difficult, until countries have very different views on some issues. Turks still do not want to put up with Russia's position. They still believe Assad is not a legitimate ruler of Syria.

Or, for example, the Kurdish question. Both countries have polar views on the Kurdish problem. Turkey takes a tough stance and demands that the Kurdish formation admitted as terrorist. Russia on the other hand supports the Kurdish forces, because it considers them effective measure to counter the group "Islamic State". To reach mutual understanding on this issue will be very hard - it is need strong arguments for it.

Responding to a reporter's question about the Syrian problem, the leaders noted that this issue will be discussed separately.

"We agreed that after this part here, we will meet separately with the ministers of Foreign Affairs, with representatives of the special services, exchange information and look for solutions", - Putin said.

The possibility of long-term strategic alliance between Moscow and Ankara is questionable

But the threat of the creation of such an alliance - is a great opportunity to manipulate the West, the perfect diplomatic tool, which can bring considerable benefits to the authorities of Russia and Turkey.

alliasRussia has an opportunity to make NATO nervous.

Turkey - a very important member of NATO, "the keeper of the keys" to the Black Sea. Distancing of Ankara from Washington and Europe denies NATO freedom of maneuver in this important region of the world. Also, this is an additional lever of influence on the West by political blackmail. "You do not want to agree on key issues, then we will deepen our engagement with Turkey!"

For Turkey, the situation in this context is symmetrical. The prospect of deepening cooperation with Russia - is a powerful lever of influence on the West, a way to squeeze out of the US and EU concessions on issues of particular interest to the current Turkish leaders.

Modern Turkey is not what it was before. Erdogan in Turkey creates a fundamentally new political system. In the process of interaction to which, in a completely new international conditions, Moscow can collect a considerable amount of political points. Of course, Russia will certainly not detach Turkey from the Western alliance. Turkey is linked to the western world by many threads, cut which is clearly not in the interests of Turkey.

Union with Russia can not be an full-fledged alternative to Turkey's alliance with the West.

With regard to the development of their political institutions Turkey took a giant step backward. And it will not allow the West to restore the relationships that were before. It is even possible that the issue of the entry of Turkey into the European Union will be removed from the agenda indefinitely.

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Monday, 18 July 2016 11:47

Holiday marred

Nice teractThe Bastille Day, July 14, on the Promenade des Anglais, thousands of people gathered in Nice. Around 23:00 a truck driven 31-year-old native of Tunisia, Mohamed Boolell, drove to the embankment and crushed more than 80 people. More about 200 people were injured. The terrorist was shot dead by police. He drove along the embankment for about two kilometers.

Among the victims, in particular, the citizens of Germany, the USA, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Switzerland, Algeria, Morocco.

The tragic events on the embankment in Nice became the third major terrorist attack that occurred in France in the past two years. Promenade des Anglais and some surrounding streets will be closed for an indefinite period because of the investigation of the tragedy.

From 2015 to the present day in France was made a series of similar crimes. The most famous was the shooting in the edition of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 and an attack on the cafe network "La Belle Equipe", a number of restaurants and cinema "Bataklan" On November 13 of the same year.

Until recently, France was considered safe, and no one expected that it would become quite a dangerous place in the European Union. What has changed in the social consciousness of the French after a series of terrorist attacks?

Strange as it may seem at first glance, this tragedy has united people. There were many volunteers who have decided to donate blood for the victims. In general, of course, people are very upset and scared. Obviously, because of the terrorist attacks of Nice will not be as attractive to tourists in the near future, now residents of Nice try to avoid crowded places because of fear of becoming victims of a new terrorist attack.

The bloody events on the promenade again raised in the French public debate on the issue of the increasing number of Muslims in the country. France is literally split into two parts on the matter, and any similar incident only adds to this division. In addition, all mourn for the dead and very angry at the government.

French President Hollande said on television that the French should "come to terms with terrorism, this phenomenon is still there, and the victims will be more"rezervists

French Interior Minister called on "all patriotic citizens", recorded in the reservists. The statement was made in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Nice. Bernard Kaznev said that France hopes to encourage 12,000 reservists to improve security in the country.

The terrorist from Nice. What is known about the man who was driving the truck?

Terrorist personality has been established thanks to the documents which was discovered in the truck's cockpit.

He had previously come to the attention of police. Mohammed prosecuted for a number of offenses. Earlier this year, he was detained for "minor violence". Law enforcement authorities had no information about what Mohammed Boolell adheres to radical views. Neighbors also said that he did not give the impression of a religious man, and all the while wearing shorts.

Neighbors of Mohamed Boolell describe him as a lonely and silent man. The family, who lives one floor above, said that he never responded to their greetings. According to a neighbor in the stairwell, she spoke with Boolell only once - about problems with electricity. Neighbors remember that it is often up to him with a bicycle and a van left near the house.

Responsibility for the attack in Nice took over the grouping "Islamic state", which arranges the terrorist attacks around the world. IG is not rarely takes responsibility for any horrible accident committed not by them.

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In the wake of the IG conflict, US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow with a proposal for co-operation in Syria.

US Department of State proposes to establish a Joint Group for the implementation of JIG (Joint Implementation Group), which will be located near the Jordanian capital. Both sides will establish the exchange of intelligence and operational information, however, the Russian Federation and the United States will remain autonomous work staffs. Partners will house near Amman "senior national representatives" experts and intelligence personnel. The exact number of personnel is not called.

The main objectives of the group will be the "Islamic State" and "Dzhebhat en-Nusra". Washington offers within five days to prepare a map showing the position of "Al-Nusra".  Russian aviation group will be able to attack on its own initiative in the presence of "an imminent threat" to the Russian military, and if militants try to go beyond the "designated areas". Thus, the Russian Federation will be able to help government troops, if the terrorists try to attack Damascus.

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SPIEF 2016In St. Petersburg on June 16-18, held the anniversary XX International Economic Forum. It was attended by 200 speakers and 16 ministers from 15 foreign countries, as well as representatives of 600 Russian and 500 foreign companies from 60 countries.

The program was very intense. Discussions opened the forum "Business Twenty". In just three days - has been more than a hundred events, including a meeting of representatives of the SCO and the BRICS and the Special Session of the Valdai Club. A key theme of the conference was the future of EU-Russia economic relations.

A significant event was the visit to the forum, UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon in which he expressed confidence that the St. Petersburg forum will positively affect the Russian economy.

Ban Ki-moon has recommended Europe to abandon "the erection of new walls" to establish relations in the region and resolve all differences through dialogue, and he recommended that the Russian Federation "does not narrow the democratic space for civil society".PanGeMoon Forum

"I would like to underline the critical importance of further economic integration and cooperation in the region. However, at the moment we see a decoupling between the states and the construction of new walls. History says that it is a wrong direction for Europe. We need to strengthen communication and build bridges" - UN Secretary-General said.

Stressing that all disputes should be resolved through dialogue, Ban Ki-moon said that the UN is an appropriate platform for the promotion of such a dialogue. In this connection, the UN Secretary-General noted the role of the UN European Economic Commission.

The UN chief said that the Russian Federation, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, plays an important role in addressing the pressing global problems, and that Russia has enormous scientific potential for the development of the technology needed to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.

General Secretary welcomed the signing by Russian of "Paris climate agreement" and called for joint efforts to ensure the entry into force of this historic document early as this year.

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Friday, 03 June 2016 22:03

Sochi ASEAN Summit

The participants of the Sochi summit, Russia - ASEAN adopted a joint declaration
"On the way to a mutually beneficial strategic partnership"

The two-day summit held in late May 19-20 and has been for the RF 20th anniversary In connection with the 20th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue partnership between Russia and ASEAN participants adopted the Comprehensive Plan of Action of the Russian Federation on the development of cooperation and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for the period 2016-2020 year.ACEAH

УSummit participants also had before them the report of the Group of Eminent Persons Russia - ASEAN
"Russia - ASEAN: converted into the future multi-faceted strategic partnership"

asean.jpgAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) - a regional organization, which consists of the following basic states: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei. And joined later: Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, Cambodia. At this point in the status of an observer composed of Papua - New Guinea and East Timor. ASEAN's most important economic partners are United States and Japan.

ASEAN headquarters are in Bangkok and Jakarta. The population of the ASEAN member countries is about 500 million people.

Its goals, ASEAN has identified the acceleration of economic growth, social progress, cultural development of the member countries and the establishment of peace and stability in south-east Asia region. All of these countries in the recent past were backward states, but now they are going through a period of rapid growth.

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Friday, 30 October 2015 06:19

Britain froze diplomatic relations with Russia

The United Kingdom has decided to terminate the relationship with the Russian Federation unilaterally and on its own initiative

Britain Russia dip ignorPolitical dialogue on the highest level, and almost all diplomatic contacts between the two states, with the exception of the cultural sphere, turned left off. Including no longer pursue an economic and scientific forums. In matters of trade dialogue also frozen.

The problems began at the Russian diplomatic mission in London - UK authorities began often refused visas to diplomats, which leading to a decrease in the number of staff of the embassy.

In an interview with The Times, Russia's ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko said:

The stagnation in the relationship observed at almost all levels, political relations between London and Moscow negated at the initiative of the British side, maybe it happened because of the Syrian crisis. Although there were early signs of cooling after the start of the conflict in Ukraine.

According to Yakovenko, the termination of the dialogue took place unexpectedly. In his opinion "instigators" of what is happening can be the Conservatives, whose leader David Cameron, who now heads a coalition government. In the manifesto of the Conservative Party says that Russia is a great danger to the UK and is the same threat as the Islamists, Yakovenko emphasized.

In its commentary, newspaper The Times writes that the taking place today deterioration of relations between the diplomats of both countries regularly. "The statements reveal a profound misunderstanding of the ambassador, which arose between Britain and the Kremlin because of the occupation of the Crimea, Russia's support for the rebels in the east of Ukraine and the war in Syria".

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Finished international football tournament entitled "For Peace and Unity" in Palanga in Lithuania, which was held with the active participation of representatives of the "European Unit".

LITVA"European Unit" welcomes the holding of such events, the objectives of which coincide with the direction of its diplomatic and public activities. Often it organizes or takes an active part in the events promoting healthy and sporty lifestyle.

These activities also contribute to the strengthening of friendly relations between the countries of participants. In this tournament were competing 8 combined teams of Ukraine, Lithuania and Russia.

4 teams in the composition of which were presented players 35 years of age and 4 teams of the older generation players 50 years and older.

In the best tradition of friendly matches on the football field were dominated the principles of friendship, mutual assistance, as well as the spirit of partnership and unity.

First place taken by the team of veterans, in which the players were from Ukraine and Lithuania. Including veteran of Kiev "Dynamo" Ivan Yaremchuk, who graced the tournament with his play

Especially we want to note our representatives Iurii Verkhman and Viacheslav Oksonenko who have made a significant contribution to the overall victory.


As expected, at the end of the tournament the teams were awarded with cups, medals, prizes and gifts.

But most important is that all participants received a lot of positive emotions and took away with them the smiles and a good mood.

The participants agreed to meet again necessarily in a wider format of the event next year. "European Unit" as well will take part in this event.

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Saturday, 30 August 2014 03:00

Украина в вихре событий

  • ЕС-Украина-ТС встреча в Минске.
  • СНБО 27-28 августа
  • Заседания ОБСЕ и Совбеза ООН

Украина за последний год стала донором новостей для мира и серьёзным вызовом для мировой дипломатии. Это не та слава, которой хотелось для страны и повод один страшнее другого, но стоит отметить, что различные институты мировой дипломатии начинают довольно быстро реагировать на события в Украине. Не то чтобы «РЕАГИРОВАТЬ» в смысле неотложных действий, а скорее так - внимание обращают сразу, решения принимают взвешенные до нанограмма, этакая нейро-дип-хирургия выходит. Главное что принимают участие, как посредники переговорного процесса и как наблюдатели.

Ситуация в Украине перестала быть сугубо её внутренней проблемой и давно вышла на более высокий уровень вовлеченности интересов соседних стран. Европе не нужны боевые действия под боком, а РФ... А что конкретно нужно РФ пытаются понять многие аналитики и эксперты вот уже пятый месяц кряду. Переговорный процесс начался 26-го августа и 27-го откатился обратно до санкций и высоко-дипломатичной полемики разного уровня авторитетности.

Цивилизованный мир пережив массу войн и конфликтов между нациями, странами и народами выработал принцип предотвращения этих сложных ситуаций. Пришли к выводу, что нужны парламентёры, способные осуществлять арбитраж и устраивать переговоры во всех странах, которые на это согласятся. Примерно так после Первой Мировой появилась Лига Наций, которая самоустранилась не сумев предотвратить Вторую Мировую. Ей на смену со схожими функциями пришел ООН. И вот в нынешнем 2014 году сложно отделаться от чувства "дежавю".

Как следует решать конфликтные вопросы в 21-ом веке ? - Путём дипломатических переговоров. Процесс это сложный и наверняка увлекательный, частично публичный - частично тайный. Переговоры это когда участники диалога ищут компромисс в спорных вопросах стараясь не упустить своей выгоды и не ущемить права другой стороны. Впрочем не всё получается сразу. Бывает так, что нет наработанного решения, чтобы просто огласить его на встрече или обменяться встречными заявлениями. Тогда ищут точки соприкосновения и начинают осторожно двигаться в сторону решения конфликтной ситуации, дорожные карты составляют, идут не мелкие уступки друг другу. Осторожно, потому что договоренности весьма хрупкая вещь, которую любой ветерок перемен способен порушить. Что частично и произошло после встречи в Минске.

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