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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Federation Council members, State Duma deputies, good afternoon. Representatives of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol

These are nervous times for the international community. There are serious tensions between Ukraine and Russia, with a constant risk of a miscalculation in the situation. The actions of a single “hot head” could have dire consequences for the region as a whole, and the possibility of the breakup of the Ukraine is certainly not out of the question. But what is the British perspective on the situation?

Recent weeks brought up one of the hottest topics for discussion within the decades, especially in the West – the crisis over Ukraine. Hundreds if not thousands of articles that analyze the whole situation around this Eastern European country have been published. The vast majority of those analyses is concentrated on Russian aggression (invasion, occupation) against Ukraine, on condemnation of whatever Russia is doing or is planning to do, and on how grave is this challenge to the international order.

International Affairs Magazine: “Dear Mr. Scholar, what are the main challenges currently facing our country, what is lacking for the active development of trade and economic

The Federation Council presented its next Annual Report of the Integration Club under the Chairman of the Federation Council to the professional community and journalists. The Integration Club today is an informal but at

The International Business Forum "Doing Business with Russia”, was a notable event in Sacramento, the capital of California. Participants at the roundtable discussions included official representatives of the Russian Federation, the federal government and the U.S. State of California, as well as the leadership of American trade associations and members of the business community. One meeting was attended by a correspondent from the Slavic Sacramento news portal (SlavicSac.com), Ruslan Gurzhiy. We offer you his work.

An interview with the Chairman of the Union of Oil and Gas Producers of Russia, Yuri Shafranik.

 

“Mr. Shafranik, how do you assess the prospects for production of hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean Sea shelf?”

“The Mediterranean covers a large area. The offshore areas of Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Cyprus and Turkey are a subject of wide interest. They are definitely attractive, but we can’t talk about the prospects earlier than when the first wells start to produce oil and gas in a few years time.

Viridian Gallery in New York is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by the artist Valerii Klymchuk entitled Cultural Differences”. The show opens January 14th and continues through February 1st, 2014.

Valerii Klymchuk is an artist who is also a System Analyst mathematician from Artemovsk in the Ukraine. Artemovsk is in Donetskaya Oblast (Donetsk region), about an hour north of Donetsk, the heart of eastern Ukraine, a part of the country made up of industrial towns, factories and smokestacks. Like many before him, he came to America seeking to discover his dream and even his purpose for being on this planet.

The Trieste summit consigned to history, the Italian and Russian governments agreed to meet in Soči, seat of the Winter Olympic Games in 2014, during a year that presents itself as one of great importance for both countries and the relaunch of Euro-Russian relationships.

"International Affairs" magazine, with the support of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London, hosted an international conference on "The Arab Spring: scenarios for the future." The two-panel session was attended by leading political figures, politicians and influential business representatives from Russia, the United Kingdom and other European countries, including: Alexei Vasiliev, director of the RAS Institute of African Studies; Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of "Russia in Global Affairs" journal; Sergei Karaganov, a Russian political analyst, Professor Igor Pellicciari (Italy ); Jane Kinninmont, a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations (UK), Roula Khalaf, Special Correspondent (The Financial Times); and Professor Fawaz Gerges, London School of Economics (UK).