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Venice, Italy, May 24 2016, - Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and SuperJet International (a joint venture between Leonardo-Finmeccanica Company and Sukhoi Holding) celebrated the delivery of the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) to CityJet, which becomes the first European SSJ100 customer. The Irish airline will lease 15 SSJ100 aircraft with an option for additional 16. The deal is worth over 1 Billion USD, including option and after-sales services.
The lectio magitralis of Romano Prodi in Moscow on the 17. March 2016, organised by the journal International Affairs, was one of those events that will be remembered for a long time to come by those who attended and had the chance to meet the former European Commission
International relations have entered a very difficult period, and Russia once again finds itself at the crossroads of key trends that determine the vector of future global development.
Many different opinions have been expressed in this connection including the fear that we have a distorted view of the international situation and Russia’s international standing. I perceive this as an echo of the eternal dispute between pro-Western liberals and the advocates of Russia’s unique path. There are also those, both in Russia and outside of it, who believe that Russia is doomed to drag behind, trying to catch up with the West and forced to bend to other players’ rules, and hence will be unable to claim its rightful place in international affairs. I’d like to use this opportunity to express some of my views and to back them with examples from history and historical parallels.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rodney John Allam, chairman of Global Energy’s International Award Committee. How will world energy develop? Interview. Host - Yury Minaev, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the International Affairs journal.

"The policy of forcing artificial choice between Russia and the European Union is neither any useful' for Russia nor for the target countries of the Eastern Partnership," emphasizes Alexey L. Fedotov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Slovak Republic.

The Russian Federation has had an impressive celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism and Nazism in World War II, respectively, in the Great Patriotic War. Although the leadership of the EU and the European Parliament have tried to politicize these celebrations by negative information warfare on Ukraine and anti- Russian campaign, it turned out that the nations of Europe are often wiser and take the opposite view on Russia than their political leaders and so- called the mainstream media in the EU.

Question: What is so specific about the UN Anniversary Session dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Organisation apart from the anniversary itself?

Havana and Washington are going to restore the diplomatic relations and embark on a long dialogue. One of these days there was a solemn opening of the embassy of socialistCubain the capital of theUnited States. The minister for foreign affairs of the Island of Freedom, Bruno Rodriguez,  made a speech at the ceremony of raising of Cuban flag beside the diplomatic mission building. He was accompanied by other official persons.  

According to the Cuban minister a complete normalization of the relations betweenCubaand theUSAwould be possible provided cancelling the blockade and restitution of the baseGuantanamoto his country.

Some things should rise above even the calculations of diplomacy, not just in Washington but on the world stage too. And the 70th celebration of the end of World War II — perhaps the last major anniversary to be celebrated honoring the “Greatest Generation” while it is still on this earth decades it fought in the epic conflict — is one of them.

The current polarization between Russia and the U.S. will be keeping the two countries from celebrating together. And while both sides deserve blame, it should be recognized as a loss for both countries that we have let our relations slip to a point that we can’t jointly honor our WWII veterans.

I had hoped to go to Germany at the end of April for a small tree-planting ceremony at the site where American and Russian troops converged at theRiver 70 years ago, shortly before the allied victory over Nazi Germany and the Japanese.

On July 28, 1943, in one of his famous fireside chats, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt told his fellow citizens: “The world has never seen greater devotion, determination and self-sacrifice than have been displayed by the Russian people and their armies this country of ours should always be glad to be a good neighbor and a sincere friend in the world of the future.”

What has stymied this sincere wish of the 32nd president?

There is some validity to each of the possible explanations, making it all the more important to understand how these two completely different countries, at the most difficult moment in the history of humankind, ended up fighting side by side. One of the key drivers of this unusual alliance was a shared recognition of the scale of the evil that the world confronted in 1939.

There can be no right thinking Singaporean of whatever shade of political opinion that does not feel at least some sense of loss. Those of us who were privileged to work with Mr Lee Kuan Yew in whatever capacity, and thus knew him in some degree, cannot but also feel a profound personal sense of grief. Mr Lee was not only a great leader – that is obvious -- he was a man, human, and so inevitably complex. He evoked the entire range of human emotions, and evoked them strongly. His legacy will be many faceted and debated for many years. I can only speak of what I personally experienced. As a young MFA officer I was fortunate to have attended many meetings with Mr Lee and to have travelled with him. Later in my career, I sat in on policy discussions, several at times of crisis. I never intended to be a civil servant. I had prepared myself for an academic career. But I soon realised that most of what I thought I knew was at least superficial if not downright irrelevant. My real education in international relations began only when my life intersected, however tangentially, with Mr Lee. And if I stayed in the bureaucracy it was largely because of his example and what I learnt from him.