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International Affairs: The Second Eurasian Women’s Forum* is not too far off. What makes it different from the first forum? Is there much interest in it in the international community? Valentina Matviyenko: Yes, there is a tremendous amount of interest. This is understandable. Women play a dynamically increasing role in all spheres of public life. It is a global trend that nobody seriously denies. We women are not just an inseparable part but an increasingly significant motive force of the historical process.
The new American initiative for the creation of the Indo-Pacific Partnership (IPP) has grabbed the spotlight in many political discussions of late. Although the idea to set up such a forum was proposed at the end of 2017 and to this day has been no more than a general slogan, now the Trump administration seems set to stake on it. Why?

The first biography of Elizabeth Angela Margaret Bouz-Lyon - the Queen Mother of Great Britain, who ruled the British Empire from 1936 to 1952 has been published in Russia. The book's author, a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Master in International Relations, Natalia Kulishenko, for 8 years studied the biographies of the British royal family members. She gave her book the title "The Stalingrad Story of the British Queen".
This summer Moscow has become not only a football capital of the world with more than half a million guests from 30 countries. Art fans are also here, but for a different reason: the 6th edition of the Moscow Biennial of Young Art is taking place from June 8 until July 31 at 5 different venues across Moscow, including an abandoned industrial space “Rassvet” (Dawn) that used to belong to the furniture factory, an imperial court supplier, and was carefully restored to become an exhibition and event space.
The victory of right-wing candidate Ivan Duque in the Colombian presidential elections is not the best news for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The newly elected president has already refused to recognize Maduro's victory in the recent elections in Venezuela and announced that he would not send an ambassador to Caracas.
In May and June 2018 the Russian edition of Dynastic Rule. Mikhail Piotrovsky and the Hermitage, the new book by Geraldine Norman, a well-known British journalist and the Chief Executive of the Hermitage Foundation UK was presented at several venues across Moscow and St. Petersburg.

What kind of Europe Russia needs? Strong or weak? Divided or united? I think that Russia needs an independent Europe, and the latter implies strength as well as solidarity. Unfortunately, recent events indicate the opposite. If Oswald Spengler wrote his work on Europe today, then it should have had the title "The Paralysis of Europe".

Recently former Israeli Mossad Director Tamir Pardo said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planned to attack Iran in 2011. [i]Mr Pardo stressed that the order given to servicemen for the preparation of the attack was not a training exercise. Tel Aviv planned to launch an attack within 15 days, but this did not happen.
The next few months can be critical for implementing projects to supply Russian gas to Europe. The US administration is stepping up efforts aimed at disrupting the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. At the same time, at the other end of the European energy map - in the Balkans - discussions on a future regional gas structure with a possible parallel renewal of the construction of a gas pipeline from Russia to Bulgaria under  the Black Sea have livened up against the background of the successful implementation of the Turkish Stream project.
On March 1, 2018 the European Parliament has adopted a resolution initiating a disciplinary procedure against Poland. Warsaw is accused of violating a number of fundamental democratic principles of the EU. If the Polish government does not agree to make concessions, the country may for a time be deprived of the right to vote in the European Council.