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There is an ongoing debate in the post-Soviet era countries on the prospect of the Eurasian Union. Even in those states, which do not intend to join in the near future, or even to join in the accession negotiations. This, of course, shows the importance of the problems of integration between the heirs of the former USSR.

However heated the debate is, there is little doubt that the Eurasian Union will still be created and will become the center of attraction for the post-Soviet era states. Meanwhile the real negotiations are only between the countries of the Customs Union - Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. In terms of the formation of a new geopolitical unit, this will be beneficial and significant not only in Eurasia, but also around the world.

On Thursday the 7th of March, the Ministry of Economic Development will host a conference on Italo-Russian economic relations. The event is organized by IsAG (Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences) in collaboration with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Italy    

(Rome, 27/02/2013) The Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences (IsAG) organizes the bilateral meeting “Not only gas” dedicated to the economic relations between Italy and Russia. The event is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Italy. 

The 49th Munich international security conference had some hidden obstacles. First of all, it took place at the time of utter uncertainty concerning the Syria’s situation. A solution requires close cooperation between the USA and Russia just exactly when the bilateral relations go through hard times. 

There were two major issues defining the agenda. First: is it possible to find a solution to the Syrian conflict aggravating the whole situation in the Middle East? Second: is the reset still in force or its initiator Barack Obama decided to alter priorities after being re-elected for the second term? 

The answers are still hanging the air. No reset speeches were heard this time. In February 2009 Vice President Joe Biden used the term, but this time he said something else. According to Biden, the USA want to get the relations with Russia «back to normal». 

The fund created by the European Union to "support democracy" in third world countries and neighboring countries continues to overgrow with new eloquent details. According to the European Commission, the European Foundation for Democracy (European Endowment for Democracy - EED) is designed to provide cash grants to journalists, bloggers, nonprofit organizations, trade unions, political organizations, including those working in exile. 

The 21th session of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Vladivostok became the most representative in the history of the Forum and closed with the adoption of a "package" of 14 resolutions on key political, trade, economic and humanitarian cooperation between the countries of the Asia-Pacific region.During the plenary sessions, round tables, and bilateral meetings of 350 participants from 28 countries and 8 international organizations, including the UN, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE ), a deep analysis was given of the current state of affairs in the region and in the world, with particular attention to security issues, including energy and food security, the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and international cybercrime.

Vienna, 14 January 2013

Brunei Darussalam has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), becoming the 158th country to do so. Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), welcomed the move: “This is not only a step towards a safer and more peaceful future in Asia. Brunei Darussalam signed the CTBT on 22 January 1997, shortly after it had been adopted. Of the ten countries comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), all have signed and eight have also ratified: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. Myanmar and Thailand have yet to ratify. 

 

 

 

The day before Mexico`s National Navy Day, Mexico received another batch of Russian military helicopters. We are talking about a new delivery of the Mi-17V-5 model, which is made by the Kazan Helicopter Plant. The helicopters were delivered in accordance with a contract signed in December 2011, between the Russian state company "JSC Rosoboronexport" and the Ministry of the Navy of Mexico. Three brand new helicopters were delivered to the Mexican Navy base at "Las Bajadas" in the city of Veracruz by a special flight on an An-124 cargo plane. The helicopters arrived almost ready to use but without the main and tail rotors which were delivered by the same cargo plane. They are now being put together by a specialist team of technicians from the Russian plant that came with the machines. After finishing the assembly and several test flights – which will be done by Russian specialists and pilots - in December this year the helicopters will be officially accepted into the service of the Mexican Navy. They will be used in the country`s main naval bases, including Acapulco and Veracruz. Over the past 3 years, Mexico has already received four new Russian helicopters.

Who has more rights to human rights?

Washington believes that one of the achievements of its propaganda and diplomatic machinery was that after a meeting in Helsinki in 1975, they managed to make the so-called “third basket “which in the main placed emphasis on human rights. Decade after decade, the United States used the "third basket" as an important weapon of foreign policy influence. Tectonic upheavals happened in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in the late 80's and 90's. The twentieth century convinced the Americans of the effectiveness of the chosen instrument ... In the end; Washington began to claim almost a monopoly in the field of human rights and the role of final arbiter in determining who is observing them, and who is not. And the more accusations put forward about others, the more hobbled became America`s own practice in this area. Claims to an absolute right, are absolutely ruined by absolute power. Russia has tried to respond to the constant assaults in this regard, but sluggishly, working on the principle: "You do not touch us, and we will not touch you." And then, finally, it looks like the ice broke.

On October 22, 2012 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation presented the first special report on the human rights situation in the United States, and brought it to be heard in the State Duma. The strength of the document is that it refers to the systemic problems facing American society, and this is all illustrated by convincing examples. The report presented by the Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed, "That the treatment of human rights in the U.S. are is far from perfect, and even sometimes resemble something from another era."

Victory and Failure

The bi-centenial of the Battle of Borodino, which along with the great Patriotic War of 1941 to 1945, is one of the two great features of modern Russia’s historical identity, has prompted an understandable frisson of patriotic pride in the Russian nation.

It is well deserved.

The scholarly research of Dominic Lieven has shown us that Russia’s over- arching aim in chasing Napoleon all the way back to Paris was to establish peace in Europe. Alexander knew that as long as Napoleon was free, Europe was under permanent threat. In this, Castlereagh, the British Foreign Secretary, normally takes all the credit. But then, western scholars have a long tradition of ignoring the facts of Russia’s role in obtaining and maintaining the peace of Europe.

Witness the extraordinary ignorance among westerners of the unimaginable numbers of Russian losses in the Second World War, or the contribution of Zhukov to the defeat of the Nazi scourge.

Yes, most certainly, as Russia was the overwhelming force behind the defeat of the Nazi tyranny, so she was in the defeat of the Napoleonic one.

Surveys conducted across the US show thatthe majority of Americans, including senior citizens old enough to remember the US entry into World War II, regard the September, 11, 2001 drama as exceeding in historical importance the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. Speaking of the latter, these days it is an open secret that the US Administration was aware of the coming Japanese offensive and, instead of taking adequate measures beforehand, knowingly sacrificed around 1,500 lives to have the country drawn into a war as planned in Washington. US Secretary of War Henry Stimson rote in his diary following the November 25, 1941 government meeting: “The question was how we should maneuver them [the Japanese] into the position of firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves. It was a difficult proposition”.