Abstract of journal number 6, June, 2012
VI meeting of Ambassadors and the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation
A.Denisov, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia
Russia in a Changing World: Continuing priorities and new opportunities
The title of the article pronounced the motto of the upcoming meeting of ambassadors and permanent representatives of the Russian Federation to International Organizations. Such meetings by tradition are held every two years. They are an important part of the political and diplomatic activities of the Russian Foreign Ministry and its missions abroad, allow for a comprehensive analysis of the international situation, and clarify the problems of Russian diplomacy in specific areas.
G.Karasin, State Secretary – Deputy Russian Foreign Minister
There is no reasonable alternative to integration in the CIS format
The CIS is actively "embedded" in the current system of political and economic relations. The Implementation of the long-term integration processes in the post-Soviet space is certainly an urgent need for all. Together, for the Commonwealth it is easier to solve their rather similar socio-economic development problems, and to provide their rightful place in the new international landscape.
V.Chizhov, Russia's permanent representative to the EU
Russia – EU strategic partnership: Euro crisis - no reason for a break
The formation of mutually beneficial, equitable and multifaceted partnerships with the European Union was and remains for the foreseeable future a priority of Russia's foreign policy and the key to maintaining a sustainable architecture for European security.
The European Union is not only our largest trading partner, but the main export market for Russian energy exports, and a major source of investment and technology.
S.Razov, Russian Ambassador to China
Russia and China need each other
To the surprise of many, China in a short historical time frame took a "great leap forward" and became one of the leading powers. Seemingly backward for many decades, how did the country suddenly become the second largest economy in the world? In fact, we are witnessing a natural result of a well thought-out policy system of the Chinese authorities and the hard work of hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens in the 30 years of reform.
A.Kadakin, Russian Ambassador to the Republic of India
Russia - India: a new "Chakra" cooperation
The annals of Russian-Indian relations are filled with many bright and unforgettable pages, and this year was special. There are several reasons for such approval. First of all, 2012 is marked by a memorable date - the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries. It also recorded a half-century anniversary of bilateral military-technical cooperation. But what makes it truly unique is the convergence of two top events in the political category: at the end of March Medvedev visited New Delhi, to take part in the BRICS summit, and President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit India in autumn.
V.Grinin, Russia's ambassador to Germany
Russia and Germany: a 1000 year history
Due to the strategic nature of Russian-German cooperation, we would like to hope that we are observing the strengthening role of Germany in the European Union - not only in the financial and economic sphere, but also in terms of the formation of the general substance of European foreign policy which will contribute to the full range of interactions between Russia and the EU.
A. Yakovenko, Russian ambassador to the UK
The British "slice" of Modern Russia`s foreign policy
Russian foreign policy is determined by the President of the Russian Federation, and is based on the Concept of Foreign Policy (latest edition - 2008). The concept makes the following major foreign policy goal; the most important task is to promote foreign policy to assist in internal development. So it was under Peter I, and under Alexander II, and so it is the question now.
A.Meshkov, Russian Ambassador to the Republic of Italy
Italy - Russia: 150 years of diplomatic ties
In June this year we are celebrating 150 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Empire and a new unified Italian state. Although, of course, Russian-Italian cooperation has a much longer history. Close contacts between Europe and the Russian principalities have been known about since the tenth century.
O.Ozerov, Russian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Permanent Representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
The "Arab Spring" in the context of globalization. Rebooting the matrix
The events of the past 15-20 years, including the 2011-2012 turbulent transformation in the Arab world, have become "markers" that have highlighted a qualitatively new phenomenon. It was a crossroads, a turning point, which not only developed after the Second World War. The global economic system, and also the entire world order, based on the primacy of the Westphalian system of state sovereignty and placed the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, was bought with the blood of more than 62 million people, nearly half of which were our countrymen.
M.Petrakov, Russian Ambassador to South Africa
Africa and the world - a view from the south of the continent
Africa for many decades and was and now largely remains a "problem" continent. Questions regarding resolving existing conflicts and preventing new ones, the eradication of poverty, disease, inequality, and illiteracy were always sharply on the African agenda. Not all of them are resolved or nearing resolution. However, recently from the South of the continent signals are coming indicating an optimistic and ambitious vision for its future. South Africa as the most economically developed country in Africa, projects itself as one of the regional leaders, generating a political momentum aimed at strengthening the position of the continent in the world in general, the development of regional integration, and the strengthening of African identity.
E.Mitrofanova, Russia's permanent representative to UNESCO, Chairman of the World Heritage Committee
UNESCO's mandate today is more in demand than ever
2011 was a year of challenges for the world and for UNESCO. The activities of the Organization, as well as other international organizations, was held against the backdrop of the ongoing global economic crisis, the continuing conflicts in different regions and major natural disasters that required the extraordinary efforts of Member States and the UN system as a whole. UNESCO has retained its status as an international platform with the highest country representation - now there are 195 of them.
N.Sofinsky, Russian Ambassador to the Republic of Peru
"The world is beautiful, but it is necessary to look at it from Peru"
Russian-Peruvian relations present everything necessary to ensure their ongoing dynamics. There is a communications infrastructure, political will, and matching economic interests tried and tested by tradition. Of course, not all is possible. There are many areas of undisclosed possibilities. But the main thing is the potential and mutual focus on progress.
V.Voronkov, Russia's Permenant Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna
IAEA: to serve the peaceful atom, rather than political expediency
To date, the IAEA is the key mechanism that drives the flywheel of nuclear non-proliferation and ensures the development of international cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The agency is intended to ensure that the states which are members of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and Non-nuclear-weapon States respect their obligations under the agreement and do not switch from peaceful nuclear activities to military purposes. The IAEA simultaneously creates the conditions necessary for these countries to get full access to the benefits of peaceful nuclear energy.
S.Nechaev, Russian Ambassador to the Republic of Austria
Tribute to fallen soldiers
About the work of the memorial of the Russian Embassy in Austria
In Austria, there is a vast field of activity in the historical-memorial direction. Many tens of thousands of our countrymen are buried in Austrian soil. It is not only soldiers, but also the victims of slave labour, forcibly removed by the Nazis to Austria. We and our Austrian partners want the new generations to remember the reasons for the most destructive war in history - World War II, and Nazi crimes. Our common moral duty is to honour the memory of the victims, those who saved Europe and the world.
CHIEF EDITOR'S COLUMN
The Silent Genocide
B. Pyadyshev, Extraordinary Ambassador and Plenipotentiary
Middle Eastern horizons of Evgeniy Primakov
A. Stepanov, Extraordinary Ambassador and Plenipotentiary
German question at the turn of the century
Field notes of the memoirs of Ambassador V. P. Terehov