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Brazil is central to the Kremlin`s politics of increasing assertiveness in Latin America. From this standpoint Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who plans to visit Moscow on May 13-14 — a pragmatic and predictable leader remaining a patriot of his own country despite the onslaught of globalization — is an almost ideal partner.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva established himself in international politics in the epoch of neocon dominance. 

Russian President D. Medvedev will visit Turkey om May 11, 2010.
The trade turnover between Russia and Turkey has topped $30 bn, the ambitious target to be attained within the coming five years being $100 bn. Russia`s investments in Turkey contently total over $4 bn, and Turkey`s in Russia - over $6 bn. Russia supplies around 70% of Turkey`s fuel demand, and - as a plan for the future - the two countries have reached agreements on nuclear energy cooperation (Russian companies will construct one or several nuclear power plants in Turkey). 

In contrast to the projections of a crushing defeat of the Red Army, that were churned out on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in June, 1941 but eventually proved inaccurate, Churchill`s belief that Russia was ready to make an all-out effort to fight the war fully withstood the test of reality. The story, though, took a long time to unfold...

The British leader is portrayed in Winston`s War. Churchill, 1940-1945, a recent book by journalist and historian Max Hastings, as a true «warlord» and a man to be credited with steeliness as the prevalent personality trait. After the 1940 crisis, when the invasion of the British Islands by Nazi Germany seemed imminent but did not materialize thanks to the courage of the British pilots in the Battle of Britain, Churchill was considering various overland war theaters. The former First Lord of the Admiralty vehemently opposed the idea that the strategic objective of the Sovereign of the Seas in the global conflict could be limited to defending its own coastline and kept questioning himself what course Great Britain had to steer at the moment to deserve a positive historical verdict in the future.

The outbreak of Germany’s war against the USSR gave rise to much diversity in the projections. Three years later, Deputy Secretary of State Welles recalled: "Even the highest military authorities in this country and in Britain did not believe in the summer of 1941 that Russia would be able to resist the brutal attack for any length time." Henry Stimson, the U.S. Secretary of War, in an official document to President Roosevelt, two days after Hitler attacked, issued a terse statement: "Germany will be fully occupied by beating Russia in at least a month, and most probably within three months.


Mr. Chairman, Mr. Secretary General,

Members of the Parliamentary Assembly, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to express my deep gratitude to the PACE Chairman Mr. CAVUSOGLU for his invitation to address the audience from the high rostrum of the Assembly.

It is very significant for us because the current PACE session is taking place on the eve of the anniversary of one of the greatest events in the history of the 21st century that defined the future and the face of modern Europe as well as the entire world - the 65th anniversary of the Victory over Nazism.

The Council of Europe became the material embodiment of the strongest protest of the peoples of Europe who had looked into the abyss prepared for the European civilization by the ideology and practice of Fascism. The disaster of World War II became a powerful catalyst for the Europeans who came to the realization of the need to build a common home that would ensure reliable protection of human rights, success of democracy, rule of law and resolution of social problems.

The implementation of the European project over the last 60 years, which includes the Council of Europe, would not be possible in principle if not for the huge human sacrifices made by all the peoples of Europe and North America, but first of all by the peoples of the Soviet Union.

Russia has never divided the victory into its own victory and that of others. The war was won by all allies of the anti-Hitler coalition, and on the 9th of May we will honour their veterans on the Red Square. However, we, the Russia, will never forget that the Soviet Union with its territory, cities and villages took the burnt of the Hitler invasion. Three-quarters of the German troops have been sent to the Eastern Front and were crushed there.

For the future of Europe it is important that in those years the victors of the "brown plague" rose above ideological differences. Communists, monarchists and anarchists, representatives of left and conservative forces sacrificed their lives selflessly in the fight against Fascism.


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An interview of the current President of The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Mevlut Cavusoglu with reporter of "International Affairs" Elizabeth Isakova from Strasbourg. Listen here 

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I do not know about you, but I am impressed with the European official. I admire and am morally crushed by his principles. Are you saying: "play it safe"? Of course. But after all, admit it, you were not personally touched by the princes of aviation’s "heroic" flights through volcanic clouds in empty airplanes... would you fly when you are losing tens of millions. When the European official would say, 'I will not allow you to! "And he must have known that he would have to experience for himself the effects of a fire-breathing lava of anger from the airline companies and consumer dissatisfaction, yet he persisted, even during the economic crisis. 

RONALD REAGAN'S SIGNATURE PHRASE "Trust but Verify" sur­faced every time the arms reduction talks were discussed in the United States. The "insidious" Russians, meanwhile, opted for "Verify Before Trusting" when dealing with the Americans, the formula suggested by the sad experience of America's unilateral withdrawal from the ABM Treaty and the extreme vagueness of Washington's strategic aims.

By the time the compromises had been agreed upon, the new American nuclear doctrine was still a talk of the town based on numerous leaks from unspecified sources. Made public it forced many to wonder about security guarantees in the "nuclear-free world": the U.S. current superiority in conventional and non-nuclear weapons of strategic capa­bilities is too obvious to be ignored. We can hardly expect a tighter nuclear non-proliferation regime in the world in which nuclear weapon remains for many countries the only shield against the vast assortment of high-tech smart weapons at the disposal of the United States and NATO.

The world is equally concerned with the attempts to justify the so-called preventive strikes: condemned in Nuremberg they violate the UN Charter yet Washington has not yet disavowed the odious provisions of the U.S. National Security Strategy adopted by the George W. Bush Administration which said, in part: "Even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy's attack ... to forestall or prevent such hos­tile acts by our adversaries, the United States will, if necessary, act pre­emptively." In March 2006, Washington confirmed this in its upgraded National Security Strategy.

Cain was the first murderer, and at the same time committed fratricide. In Scripture, there are no mistakes. Terrorism is organized fratricide, especially in historically multiethnic Russia. Any polarity of opinion, any difference in cultures, is no excuse. Apart from kinship and common parents, Adam and Eve, were there many similarities between Cain and Abel? Neither by character nor in temperament, nor, finally, by occupation they were similar: one tilled the land, the other tended sheep. After the murder, God called out to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" "I do not know, am I my brother's keeper?" Replied the man who had committed fratricide.

Moscow is an amazing city. Anything can happen here ... Take for example, an average book store. Here the choice is slightly above the average. All appears uneventful, but, most importantly all is quiet, without any jostling, so what more does the Moscow intelligentsia need? It is not like it was in the past, when you could buy a book, put it under your arm, and go to a nearby cafe with portraits of different writers on the walls, grab a tea or a coffee, or maybe 50 grams or even 100 grams of vodka, and you are good! You could sit and read, write something, or contemplate something sad. Just like some Montparnasse.