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Restrictions imposed by legislative and executive authorities may negatively impact the work done by journalists in Russia. The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, raised this concern during the OSCE conference on media freedom in Russia and in the OSCE area, held in Moscow earlier this month. He also drew attention to the problem of the security of journalists and the impunity of those, who commit crimes against them. 
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 12-11-2019, 10:26
  • Views: 343
Following talks with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov emphasized Moscow’s firm belief in the Organization’s unification potential and the need to strengthen its authority. Lavrov also said that Russia wants to see security cooperation not only between OSCE members, but between regional organizations as well.
Moscow was recently playing host to the 6th Forum of Young Diplomats, which was the most representative such gathering held so far, bringing together delegates from 14 countries. An International Affairs correspondent talked with Konstantin Kolpakov, the chairman of the Young Diplomats’ Council of the Russian Foreign Ministry. International Affairs: Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Pankin believes that it is easier for young diplomats to find a common language. Is it really what happens when you are communicating with your foreign colleagues?
Despite global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows sliding for the past three years, the authors of an annual United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) World Investment Report, presented in Moscow by the acting director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION), Alexei Kuznetsov, forecast a certain upswing in 2019.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 17-06-2019, 09:25
  • Views: 184
According to a new report from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Cyber Nuclear Weapons Study Group, US nuclear weapons can’t be effectively protected against cyberattacks with technical means alone. "Any system containing a digital component, including nuclear weapons, is vulnerable to cyber threats," Page Stoutland, NTI’s vice president for scientific and technical affairs, said.
Turkey’s planned purchase of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia threatens NATO security and is putting Ankara at risk of losing its status of “a critical partner in the most successful military alliance in history,” US Vice President Mike Pence has warned. Experts from the Turkish Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) participating in a panel discussion, organized by the Valdai Discussion Club in Moscow, spoke about the problems currently existing between Turkey and the United States as well as their country’s cooperation with Russia.

Nearly three years have passed since the Brexit referendum. As the UK’s exit from the EU scheduled for March 29 draws nearer, there have been proposed four scenarios as to what course further developments could follow: ratification of the agreement and an organized withdrawal, exit without agreement, postponement of the withdrawal and of the signing of the agreement, revocation of the signing of the agreement and non-exit from the EU. During the discussion organized by the Russian Council on International Affairs, the experts focused on how these scenarios could affect the UK and the European Union.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 6-03-2019, 12:07
  • Views: 352
The Syrian conflict was high on the agenda of a conference on the problems of the Middle East and Africa, which was recently held at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Oriental Studies in Moscow. The participants pointed to the external aspect as the main factor in the conflict, with Boris Dolgov, a senior researcher at the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, describing the Syrian crisis as a result of the US model of globalization.