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In the year of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov, an undisputed genius of Russian literature, our compatriots in California have expressed their recognition of his great talent in a theater performance of the  "Poet of sorrow and love." This event was held with the support of the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco, the Honorary Consulate of the Russian Federation in Sacramento (California's capital), and the poetic lines of Lermontov's poetry were reproduced in a performance by amateur artists.

Inaugurated as the US Ambassador to Moscow, John Tefft said that  a key part of his mission would be to interpret the Russian position for the White House. One does have to gain relevant insight before interpreting starts to make sense. It may cost serious inner efforts, but otherwise there is a risk that the Ambassador might recycle Washington's own arguments with minimal variations and that the much-needed communication degenerates into talking to oneself in the mirror.

Up to date the statements made by Ambassador Tefft have appeared to be completely reducible to the standard postulates of the US diplomacy. The only exception on record was his expressing a bold view that Russia “also won” rather than lost as a result of the NATO expansion to the east. Mr. Tefft signaled a measure of first-hand familiarity with the Russian realia by adding “I know that in Russia, some believe otherwise”but, in fact, the inescapable conclusion based on opinion polls is that the vast majority of Russians, not just “some” of them, see NATO expansion as a security threat.  

At the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS), an international conference was held on "Philosophy in the Modern World". It was dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the annual Islamic philosophy

We do not normally comment on domestic political affairs unless they affect international affairs. However, it is necessary to consider American political affairs because they are likely to have a particular effect on international relations. We have now entered the final phase of Barack Obama's presidency, and like those of several other presidents since World War II, it is ending in what we call a state of failure. This is not a judgment on his presidency so much as on the political configuration within it and surrounding it.

In a most significant speech, His Excellency, the President of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir Putin raised a crucial question: What if all state actors (following the attitude of certain sides) choose “not to live by the rules – but rather live without any rules at all?”

Clearly, President Putin referred to the ongoing, systematic and grave violations of written and customary International Law due to unilateral actions undertaken by the United States of America, usually seconded by their European vassals. Mr. Putin warned about the increasing “symptoms of global anarchy”.

A meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry lasted an hour and a half. We discussed progress at the talks on Iran’s nuclear programme. This is the key priority considering the time factor and the agreement to reach a final compromise before 24 November this year. Our deputies are working in the region, in Muscat, together with an Iranian representative. They are discussing concrete issues that need to be settled to formulate a final agreement. Russia and the United States are resolved to do our best to achieve this target by the agreed date. We will attempt to find solutions to the remaining two or three issues.

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most dynamic developing regions in the world today. It accounts for over 50 percent of global GDP. For Russia, which is directly connected to the region geographically, it is natural and beneficial to actively increase cooperation with the countries in the region. Moreover, this is of mutual benefit. It affects almost all areas of cooperation, from politics and economics, to scientific, technical and humanitarian cooperation. Recently the visit to Manila and Jakarta by a delegation of Russian senators, led by the Chairman of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, proved convincingly that we have something to offer each other, and that there is something to aspire to. Opportunities exist to further enhance multilateral and mutually beneficial dialogue.

Under the leadership of Party Secretary Matteo Salvini a delegation from the "Lega Nord" (Northern League) visited Russia from the 10th to the 15th of October, visiting the Crimea and Moscow. Apart from MEP Matteo Salvini, the

Background

Before we come to the gist of the subject I think it would be useful for the audience to have a short historical overview of the Russian –Ukrainian relations.

The lands of the Zaporozhe kazaks became part of the Russian state in 1654 by the sovereign will of the Ukrainian people who wanted to protect itself from Polish and Turkish oppression.