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“...With her art, this talented and original girl has paved another scenic bridge between Moscow and Havana, between Russia and Cuba." That thought haunted me when a few days ago I viewed the paintings of the young (and beautiful!), Moscow artist Maria Santiagovna Valdez, in the Phoenix exhibition Hall.

Talking about the visual arts is not always a thankless job. No wonder people say that it is better to see something once than to hear about it seven times. Therefore, in addition to the text on our website, "International Affairs" magazine posted a gallery of the artist with my photos of her paintings, which, of course, it is better to see with your own eyes.

Maria Valdez’s exhibition in the Phoenix is called "This is my Havana." On the canvases are views, landscapes, and images of the Cuban capital. Generally, landscapes have been a long time favorite for Maria, her most preferred genre. Each landscape has a mood, each detail gives atmosphere, and each painting is a riot of tropical colors and laconic brushstrokes.

Maria, usually talks about herself sparingly, because she prefers to talk about others.

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  • Date: 3-06-2013, 12:08
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From 14th to 17th May, an official delegation of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation headed by Chairman V. I. Matviyenko visited Mexico and Cuba. They were an integral part of the parliamentary dimension of the whole multi-vectored foreign policy, which modern Russia effectively applies based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and mutually beneficial cooperation between the multipolar systems of international relations.

The meetings and negotiations of the Russian parliamentarians in the capitals of the two Latin American countries have not only confirmed the fact that Moscow, Mexico City and Havana have similar views on the global challenges of the XXI century, but also showed a great interest in the partnership to fully maximize the use of the potential cooperation to the benefit the people of their countries, and also in the interests of a stable and secure world.

As for the United States of Mexico, "the visit of such a high level delegation of is a demonstration and proof that we are seriously interested in developing a dialogue with Mexico as an important partner," the head of the Russian delegation, V. I. Matviyenko, told “International Affairs” magazine.

Minister Lavrov, thank you so much for taking the time. It’s a pleasure to speak with you. We are doing a special issue of Foreign Policy magazine that will come out in May and dedicated to power in all of its manifestations, so this is a perfect chance to have a conversation with you. And I appreciate you taking the time. Well, first of all, we are interested in Russian-American relations. And I’m wondering if you could give me a sense of what you think comes after the reset. I know it was not your word.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today we have had an intensive negotiation day related to the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to the Russian Federation. We had a long, rather specific and productive meeting with the President of the Russian Federation in Kremlin. Vladimir Putin has confirmed that he attentively studied the recent message of the US President Barack Obama and a reply is being prepared to it, which will soon be transferred to Washington. The President has emphasized that he is waiting for the meeting with Barack Obama within the framework of the summit of the Group of Eight, which will be held in the Northern Ireland, then we are waiting for the visit of the US President to the Russian Federation.

Dear veterans,

Dear colleagues, friends,

I congratulate all of you with the great feast – the Victory Day. Our memory about the Victory, warriors of the Great Patriotic War will never leave us, and we must do everything for our children and grandchildren to keep it. Each and all next generations are deeply in debt to those who have saved our Homeland, Europe, the world from fascism. This memory is Russia’s immeasurable spiritual and moral power, the guarantee of might of our state, our people.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I share assessments of my colleague Foreign Minister of Slovenia Karl Erjavec about the state of our relations. They are, in fact, exemplary. We have no unsolvable problems, but rather a mutual wish to move on in all lines, inducing the political dialog that is regularly conducted at the level of heads of states and governments, constant contacts between Ministries of Foreign Affairs and other ministries and agencies of Russia and Slovenia, as well as parliaments, prosecutor’s offices, supreme courts, etc. are maintained.

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.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 25-04-2013, 15:16
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