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Orange juice, jam and biscuits are on the table for a working breakfast served for the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. Seated to either side of Sergey Lavrov are Foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian (whom the Russian Foreign Minister was scheduled to meet one-on-one in the afternoon) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (the meeting with him was yesterday, like with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres).
Russia and NATO are long-standing antagonists, even though the possibility of our country's accession to the North Atlantic Alliance was raised back in the days of President Clinton. Before that, the Soviet Union proposed the same in a note to that effect in 1954. Is genuine partnership possible now when NATO is expanding eastward and conducting large-scale exercises on our western borders, and the Alliance's military spending has been on the rise for several years in a row?
Before the start of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, the United Nations’ official website published a number of interesting stories, one of which said that the president’s gavel, an inalienable part of official UN meetings which declares the beginning and end of meetings and the approval of the agenda or resolutions, was made of Icelandic pear wood in 2005. The choice fell on the wood from that country because the Althing, the “grandfather” of all modern parliaments, was convened in 930 in Iceland.
The neo-European integration process went parallel to the active globalization stage. The globalization itself had become a stimulus and inspiration for the European Union creation. Today there is the debate of a globalization crisis that is almost in line with the European integration crisis talk. The European press has gone deep in the argument of who is to blame for the mere fact that globalization that influenced the global development so greatly, did not still become a comprehensive process, moreover, it did not harmonize the world order.