Annotation of magazine number 3, March 2014

20:16 01.04.2014


Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister
Congratulations on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Switzerland.
Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation.
Congratulations on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Switzerland.
D. Lyubinsky. We and are partners are looking forward with optimism to Russian-Swiss relations in the future.
On February 22th, 1814 (or according to chronology March 6th) the Swiss Republic accepted the credentials of a prominent Russian diplomat, and Councilor of State, Count Ivan Antonovich Kapodistria as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Switzerland. We consider that our diplomatic relations started from this date.
E. Bazhanov. How to be a modern diplomat?

The Russian Diplomatic Academy just celebrated its 80th anniversary. The challenges facing the modern diplomat, are now immeasurably more complex, requiring a deep knowledge of diverse professional skills, an ability to quickly analyze events and make decisions instantly, on which  the security of their own state, region, or even the whole of humanity can  often be affected and depend upon.

E. Ilin. The Ukraine: between Russia and Europe. The problem is one of historical choice.
The Ukraine became an independent state in 1991, and has faced many political challenges, both externally and internally. These include the development of its own economy, cultural and ethnic identity, building relationships with other states, and finding its own place in the international arena. The Ukrainian leadership has failed to deal with these challenges effectively.

V. Orlov. The Crimean crisis and the issue of guarantees of security for the Ukraine.
20 years ago the issue of nuclear weapons on Ukrainian territory and, accordingly, on security assurances to Ukraine in the case of its non-nuclear status, was the center of focus for politicians, diplomats and international experts. At this time, it appeared that it had been resolved once and for all.
Igor Pellitstsiari.  War for the right to receive help.

In connection with the events in Kiev and then in the Crimea, it would be a good idea to draw attention to the "war" and offers of assistance to Ukraine from Russia, the European Union and the United States. Events have shown that international relations and power politics by states rely increasingly on foreign aid policy.
Regarding the Association Agreement between the Union of Russian diplomats and the Union of Ukrainian diplomats.
G. Toloraya, A. Torkunov. The North Korean factor and Russia's growing position in Asia.
The Korean Peninsula, "the soft underbelly" of the Russian Far East, remains a source of surprises for both the professional community and the general public. During the past decade, there have been dramatic developments in relations between the two parts of Korea, and the inner life of these irreconcilable opponents: the North and the South.
S. Kurits, V. Vorabiev. "A World without Wars"

E. Ducommun and C. A. Gobat, who lived more than 100 years ago, could not have known many of the causes of war, suffering and destruction of millions of Europeans and nearly one billion inhabitants of the colonies. We can say with confidence that scientific developments have allowed us to understand more about them.

S. Osadtchy. The banking crisis in Cyprus: a view from the inside.

The financial problems in the Eurozone didn’t leave the Republic of Cyprus aside. The structural crisis in the economy of Cyprus, which has been developing since 2009, has led to a paralysis of the country’s banking system, and in early 2013 its economy plunged into a state of default.
V. Nadein-Raevskii. Turkey on the verge of tough choices.

Events in Turkey in the summer of 2013, led to a strong protest movement, which seems at first glance, to have become a kind of symptom of the crisis of political power. But only at first glance. The processes taking place in the country are much more complex and contradictory than it may seem to an outside observer.


Inal Ardzinba. The future of the BRICS group in the eyes of the expert community.
There is a "Five-Year Plan" to strengthen the status of the BRICS countries as a significant inter-civilizational macrostructure. However, with regard to the development prospects for the BRICS countries, we can note a fairly clear demarcation between the experts from the West, on the one hand, and researchers from the BRICS countries and the developing world, on the other.
D. Grevtsova. Trade unions at the “G20” summit.

In early September 2013, St. Petersburg hosted the “G20” summit. Discussions on acute socio-economic issues were carried out in several themed groups. The “Labor 20" (trade union "twenty ") is one such group, consisting of representatives of trade union organizations from those countries participating in the summit.

V. Shtol. Qatar: A History of Success.
Y. Maleev, A. Nagieva. A scientific contribution to the clarification of the status of the Arctic.

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