The relations between Russia and Israel are constructive and friendly today. They have a great potential for development. The diplomatic relations between the former USSR and Israel were established on May 18th, 1948. The now defunct Soviet Union was one of the first to recognize the Jewish state. However, Israel is the only country with which the former USSR leadership severed diplomatic relations twice. The diplomatic relations between the two countries were restored in 1991.
This week saw the worst foreign intervention in the two-year conflict in Syria. On May 3rd and 5th Israeli planes carried out a series of air strikes against strategic facilities in Syria.
Syrian missiles have been directed against Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories after Israeli warplanes struck several military facilities near the Syrian capital Damascus late last week.
President Putin is to visit Japan. The Russian leader accepted an invitation extended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he was in Moscow on Monday and Tuesday on the first visit to Russia by a Japanese government head in 10 years.
A gala concert in connection with the opening of the Second Stage of the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theatre in St.Petersburg brought together a powerful array of politicians, actors, musicians, dancers and foreign guests on Thursday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold talks in Moscow on April 28th through April 30th, in what is seen to be the first visit to Russia by a Japanese top official in the past 10 years. The two sides will focus on measures to address the territorial issue and promote energy cooperation and mutual investment.
New dates are being predicted for possible North Korean ballistic missile launches. Earlier, April 15, the birth anniversary of North Korea’ founder and “eternal” leader Kim Il Sung, was widely believed to be a potential launch date.
The United Nations peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has denied rumors of his resignation spread by his opponents. Speaking at a nearly 3-hour conference in the UN Security Council on Friday, Mr.Brahimi said reports about his resignation from the post of UN envoy to Syria had nothing to do with reality. “Every morning I wake up I think I should resign, but I haven’t so far”, Brahimi said.
On Friday, UN-Arab League special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is due to brief the UN Security Council on the situation in Syria. The speech is expected to be followed by his announcement of his resignation that was endorsed by the Arab League earlier this month.
Rumors that Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations and League of Arab States’ special representative for Syria, may resign are strongly exaggerated. According to UN diplomatic sources, he intendsto distance himself from the LAS, while retaining his post as a UN emissary. Brahimi has every reason to be disappointed with the Arab League’s tough stance on Syria.
Moscow and Washington are ramping up joint diplomatic efforts to settle the crisis around the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The issue was raised during a meeting of Russian officials with the US National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon, in the Moscow Kremlin on Monday, a meeting that was briefly joined by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As the crisis involving North Korea is nearing its peak, the US, China, Russia, Japan and other partners express readiness for dialogue in every imaginable format: Washington-Pyongyang, Pyongyang-Seoul, North Korea – US – China – Russia – Japan – South Korea. Will Pyongyang respond with a mid-range ballistic missile test or will it act as a state seeking respect from the international community?
The “war of nerves” in Northeast Asia gathers strength. Earlier this week, Pyongyang again warned Seoul that the war on the Korean Peninsula may start at any moment, while Japanese authorities mistakenly announced the launch of a North Korean missile. Against this backdrop, the Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee head Alexei Pushkov said that US President Barack Obama’s possible phone call to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un could significantly add to defusing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The blatant violation by North Korea of UN Security Council resolutions is unacceptable, Russian Foreign MinisterSergei Lavrov said, commenting on reports that Pyongyang may carry out yet another nuclear test and yet another ballistic missile launch.
The Korean Peninsula is on the brink of a war. Last night, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered to put missile units on stand-by. Potential targets are the US mainland and American bases in South Korea and the Pacific. The decree was signed after two American stealth bombers carried out bombing on the South Korean territory during an exercise.
The West is presently in a state of shock. Hundreds of Muslims with the passports of Britain, France and a number of other countries of the European Union (EU), who are currently fighting on the side of radical groups in Syria, may return to Europe, according to a report of Britain’s Ministry of the Interior. Its authors say that the followers of Radical Islam may commit sabotage and terrorist attacks.
The League of Arab States has withdrawn from the process of solving the Syrian crisis peacefully, Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said commenting on the Arab League’s decision to grant a seat to the Syrian opposition at its summit. On Tuesday, the Syrian opposition participated in the Arab League’s ministerial meeting in Doha as Syria’s official representative.
Recently, Syria’s authorities turned to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with a request to initiate an investigation of the explosion of a missile with poisonous chemical substances, which took place near the Syrian city of Aleppo on March 19. Mr. Ban, in his turn, asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to start such an investigation, and the organization agreed.
The United Nations should provide a quick response to Syria’s request for investigating the use of chemical weapons near Aleppo on March 19th. A statement to this effect was made by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov who wrote in his blog urging the UN chief Ban Ki-moon to create an unbiased panel of experts, including from Russia, which would conduct an impartial inquiry into the incident.
A rocket loaded with chemical agents hit a suburb of Aleppo in northwestern Syria on Tuesday in the first ever such incident since the Syrian conflict broke out two years ago. The government and the anti-Assad opposition are pointing fingers at each other. Experts polled by the Voice of Russia agree that a chemical weapons provocation, which it does seem to be, may change the entire course of the crisis and pave the way for outside intervention.
The story line is beginning to sound familiar, too familiar. Young intelligent individual with high moral ideals attempts to expose the egregious clear and unarguable criminality of the U.S. Government, a government which is out of control and trampling on the rule of law and the rights of people worldwide, only to be villainized and forced to seek refuge and protection in a foreign country.
The second day of the Paris Air Show was marked by a demonstration flight of Russia’s Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet. Video report by The Voice of Russia.
What began in late May as a protest by environmentalists upset at government plans to build on a public park that adjoined Taksim Square has grown into a movement against Turkish Prime Minister. The protests have presented Erdogan with the biggest challenge to his 10 year leadership.
A group of US delegates has arrived in the Qatar capital of Doha for talks with the Afghan Taliban that are set to kick off later today.
The last two days have witnessed a sharp increase in reports from Afghanistan. On Tuesday, the Taliban declared its readiness to start direct peace talks with the U.S. in the Qatari capital Doha. Afghan President Hamid Karzai first welcomed the news, but then demanded that the talks be moved "immediately" to Afghan soil. Since the demand is virtually impossible to be met, neither the U.S. nor the Taliban have shown any desire to fulfill it, and on Wednesday Karzai announced that he is suspending the talks with the U.S. over a security agreement that would regulate the presence of U.S. troops there beyond 2014.
The plane with the body of Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old man who was shot and killed at his Florida home by an FBI agent investigating the Boston marathon bombing, has touched down at a Moscow airport.
Sending the body of Ibragim Todashev, an acquaintance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspected mastermind of the Boston terrorist attack, to Russia, is a normal procedure and the result of assistance from the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Ministry human rights commissioner Konstantin Dolgov said.
Russia has been implementing the contracts signed with the legitimate Syrian government on perfectly legal grounds, Voice of Russia’s Margarita Bogatova has cited the Kremlin's top foreign-policy aide Yuri Ushakov as saying Thursday.
One person was confirmed killed ifollowing series of explosions and blaze at ammunition depot in Russia’s Samara Region where over 13 million shells were stored.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has convened an emergency meeting on the military warehouse blast outside the city of Chapayevsk in the Samara region, Putin’s aide Dmitry Peskov has told reporters.
The decline in production and consumption, insufficient investments and currency risks top the agenda of the St.Petersburg International Economic Forum, which will take place in St.Petersburg between June 20th and 22nd . Given that these issues of global concern could lead to a new wave of economic crisis, the participants in the forum, which will be attended by President Vladimir Putin, say that it’s time to act and call for ‘decisive action’
The World Bank on Wednesday warned that severe hardships from global warming could be felt within a generation, with a new study detailing devastating impacts in Africa and Asia.
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and the president of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Zhou Jiping, discussed yesterday evening matters involved in the concluding of a long-term contract for supplying China with Russian gas, a contract planned for signing before this year is out, Gazprom said.
The Fitch rating agency is concerned about the unregulated part of the Chinese banking sector. The so-called “shadow banks” pose systemic risks for the country’s economy.
The Iranian economy is experiencing severe stress caused by the international sanctions against Tehran. An unofficial estimate of the Iranian inflation rate is almost three times the official annual inflation figure.
The foreign exchange market is now in the crosshairs of the global financial regulators in the aftermath of the rate-rigging scandals in currency rates and interest rates markets.
Senior Russian lawmaker has called succesful the counry's participation in the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, where Russia managed to uphold its position on Syria. Alexei Pushkov praised Russia's offers during the summit to prevent Syria from being turned into the second Iraq or Libya. The humanitarian crisis in Syria worsens day by day. Millions have fled the country since the conflict errupted. The UN has said in the report that there are 45.2 millions people forcibly displaced world wide. It's the highest number of its kind since 1994.
The Global Media Forum in Bonn today tackled information freedom in developing countries.
North Korean authorities have taken interest in the experience of Germany’s National Socialist Party, according to a report by New Focus International, a news organization based outside North Korea, but declaring that it has access to high-level North Korean sources. It is reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, deeply impressed by Germany’s soon revival after the defeat in the First World War, handed out copies of Adolf Hitler's memoir to senior officials.