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Syria’s authorities took timely measures to stop the spread of coronavirus epidemic. A statement to this effect was made by Russian Ambassador to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva Gennady Gatilov. Gatilov made it clear that the effectiveness of measures taken by the Syrian government had been confirmed by the World Health Organization. For now, Syria has reported only 59 cases of coronavirus infection and only 4 deaths. 
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 28-05-2020, 12:58
  • Views: 87
While previous epidemics snuffed out not thousands, but hundreds of thousands of lives, the system of digital communication we have today ensures a quick exchange of information, which helps avoid the many risks associated with the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic will spur the digitalization process, and ensuring information security will become an urgent challenge for all. This forecast was shared by all participants in the “Information Security and the Digitalization Process: Between Development and Fears” roundtable, organized by the Valdai Club.
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: 555
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.
France expects to play a prominent role in Europe. A statement to this effect was made by French Ambassador to Russia, Sylvie-Agnes Bermann. A meeting with European leaders, which will be held in the Norman format in November, is set to "re-evaluate the relations" between Europe and Russia, the diplomat said.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 17-10-2019, 12:26
  • Views: 416
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: 292
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: 467