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The provocation at the Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact in Karabakh, in the proximity of the village of Chaylu, on the night of June 19 had repercussions worldwide. The attempt of an Azerbaijani reconnaissance group to cross the line left 4 Armenian conscripts dead and 4 – injured. Reportedly, some of the attackers were also killed.
Azerbaijani President I. Aliyev left for Baku unexpectedly after the June 17 talks with his Russian and Armenian counterparts in St. Petersburg, and the very next day the northern part of Karabakh`s Martakert region came under the Azerbaijani attack followed by 24 hours of continuous fire.

The Russian Foreign Ministry`s website released an official statement following the UN decision to toughen sanctions against Iran. Moscow sees "a package of additional measures to press Iran" adopted by Washington and Brussels as "violation of principles of cooperation between the six nations involved in the talks on Iran`s nuclear program and within the UN Security Council". Russia strongly opposes any attempt to hold dominant power in the Security Council.

Russia gained enormous foreign-politics experience across the world in the imperial epoch and in the Soviet era. Assessing the Russian-US relations over the past year from the standpoint of this experience, one readily concludes that the highlight for the period of time has been Washington`s generous offer to press the reset button. No doubt, there are profound reasons why the US wants its relations with Russia reset.

The world is facing a second wave of the global economic meltdown, with Europe being in the front line of it. And no matter how hard the European officials try to calm the world by saying that the European Central Bank is able to solve all financial problems of the worst affected countries, we should not get deceived. Officials just have to act this way, to tell us that everything is under control. Actually, Europe is in a great trouble.

According to head of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Assistant Secretary of State D. Johnson, the US State Department`s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report should reject the idea of opium poppy crop eradication.
The production of narcotics in Afghanistan has gone up 40-fold since the country`s occupation by the NATO forces. Precursor chemicals are imported to Afghanistan from Pakistan and other countries including some of the EU members.

At the US instigation, the UN Security Council is preparing a fresh anti-Iranian resolution. Obviously, the ambitions of the Washington diplomacy coercing the UN Security Council to slap tough sanctions on Iran far exceed Tehran`s alleged nuclear ambitions.
The new resolution draft promises much more serious strictures to Iran, but – for the first time since the start of the conflict over its nuclear program – it has been stated clearly in the UN that the existence of “the nuclear problem” is no reason to punish the countries maintaining normal commercial ties with Iran. 

Brazil is central to the Kremlin`s politics of increasing assertiveness in Latin America. From this standpoint Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who plans to visit Moscow on May 13-14 — a pragmatic and predictable leader remaining a patriot of his own country despite the onslaught of globalization — is an almost ideal partner.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva established himself in international politics in the epoch of neocon dominance.