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The Western political elite was happy to welcome the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo. José Manuel Durão Barroso, the current President of the European Commission, applauded the breakthrough by Belgrade and Pristina in their EU-facilitated dialogue. According to him, it was a historic agreement. The President was confident that «the agreement reached between the two sides will pave the way for the Council to take decisions on the next steps on the European path of Serbia and Kosovo. The people of Serbia and Kosovo want to move forward and make their European perspective a reality. 

The new Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has not made much of an impression on the Senate Committee who approved his post. A Republican senator’s question on whether the new Secretary planned to develop or not the oil-bearing shelf in order to lift Europe's dependence on Russian oil has remained unanswered. Also Moniz dodged the question about the development of the huge reserves of natural gas in Alaska.

The impression given is that, despite the advances that have allowed the United States in the short term to approach energy independence and create the conditions for the export of domestic energy resources, the Secretary does not have a thought-out program for the energy development of the country.

The body of Patroclus was lying lifeless, but around him the Achaean men and the Trojans continued their vituperative dispute. A week after the magnificent funeral, the debate about Margaret Thatcher’s legacy still has not subsided. The pro-conservative press is putting the former premier on a world-historical pedestal under the slogan "Back to" Thatcherism ". The media which is closer to Labour supporters, claims that Thatcher, whose page in history has turned forever, still was not able to rise above being seen in a purely British context.

With the latter, apparently, it's hard to disagree. Margaret Thatcher was not only a true, but also a devout daughter of her nation. However, the fervor with which she defended the interests of her country, are not only worthy of respect, but are an example to politicians for all times. It is symbolic that her remains will rest next to another great Briton - Winston Churchill.

An international conference on "The role of parliamentary institutions in building a Europe without dividing lines" was held in St. Petersburg by the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS), and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). This year, the PACE and the IPA CIS mark the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation.

"The fact that this conference is conducted by the two major parliamentary organizations of our continent, inspires optimism and confidence that eventually we will be able to overcome the existing barriers and create a common legal and humanitarian space in Europe,"  stated the Chairman of the IPA CIS V.I . Matviyenko, at the opening ceremony.

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  • Date: 25-04-2013, 15:16
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SHOPSKA-U-LIKE

It is funny the way particular types of salad can spread from one culture to another. For instance, the French introduced the Russians to one type, which became known as Salad Olivier in their honour. The Russians in turn introduced this to the Bulgarians where it was a hit, so it’s known in Bulgaria as Russian Salad. Whilst it is undoubtedly popular in Bulgaria, it is not the most popular. No, the number one king of salads there is the Shopska.

Take a look at the Bulgarian flag. Three bands of colour. Red, green and white. Not the most exciting looking flag ever invented yet it symbolises the real Bulgaria in many different ways.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We consider the Joint Strategic Planning Group to be a very important and effective mechanism. The group was created within the framework of the structures ensuring the activity of the High Level Cooperation Council the last session of which took place in Istanbul on 3 December 2012. During this session the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the Prime Minister of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan summarized the results of the work done in different lines and set tasks for the future. I am glad to mention that all the structures created within the framework of the High Level Cooperation Council work very effectively. 

Question: As we know, the USA refused to test their intercontinental ballistic missile. Their motivation – not to irritate North Korea. So the West perceives the threat from Pyongyang more than seriously in your opinion, does the third Kim bluff or everything is serious? Is there a real threat of war?

Sergey Lavrov: To the question that a wish “not to irritate” North Korea is the reason of this or that step, I would say that there are more than enough irritants from all parts.

It is certainly unacceptable when a state – in this case DPRK, UN member – openly and provocatively breaches a UN resolution.

Dear members of the Coordinating Committee,

Friends,

We are glad to continue a good tradition of our meetings in the Reception House of the Russian Foreign Ministry of Russia. The Government of the Russian Federation pays a lot of attention to the work with nationals and the task of interaction with them, support of their efforts on preserving ethnic and cultural distinctiveness, protection of their rights and legal interests in countries of their residence. These tasks are confirmed as priorities in the Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation approved by the President Vladimir Putin in 12 February 2013.

The head of SAXO Bank, Lars Christensen said in September last year, "the Eurozone does not need to be saved, it must be scrapped." It seems that the events on the small romantic island of Cyprus are finally consolidating this trend, which for lack of political will would be not so much administrative as cumulative and suicidal in character.

"All these officials are afraid to look the problem in the eye. The main problem is that there is one currency, but many completely different economies. Greece, with its uncompetitive economy, needs a weak currency. The German currency, obviously, should be stronger than the current euro. There is only one solution - to make more currencies. "

Question: Viktor Chernomyrdin was a Prime Minister of Russia, even an acting President. He was the second, and sometimes the first man in the country. The rank of an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary is a “ceiling” for a diplomat. Incredible as it may seem, for Viktor Chernomyrdin it was a step down the stairs. How did he perceive it? Who was he in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs?

Sergey Lavrov: He was an absolutely natural member of our team. I have known Viktor Stepanovich for a long time, from the very beginning of 90s of the 20th century, when after several attempts (they voted for him at last) he became a Prime Minister. I was a close acquaintance of him even back then, because I accompanied him in 1993 in several trips, including to the USA.