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27 february 2015

Have Russia and Cyprus tied a military knot?

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Two days ago there was a meeting at the highest level between the President of Russia Mr. Vladimir Putin and Cyprus President Mr. Nicos Anastasiades. Nine agreements were signed. Experts from Cyprus and Greece share their views on Cyprus-Russia agreements struck on February 26, 2015 with RIAC.

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Russian Digital Diplomacy: 7 trends of 2014

Russian Digital Diplomacy: 7 trends of 2014

Oleg Shakirov, RIAC blogger.

Since early 2014, the majority of accounts have become more active and increased their follower count to a large extent because of the situation in Ukraine and the deterioration of relations between Russia and the West. Moreover, last year there were a number of new trends in Russian digital diplomacy that are worthy of attention.

27 february 2015

Iran and the Six-Power Talks: Still Few Signs of Progress. But for How Long?

Sergey Demidenko PhD in History, expert at the Institute of Strategic Estimates and Analysis, Assistant Professor at the Higher School of Economics, RIAC expert

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The latest round of talks between Iran and six world powers of international mediators was held in Geneva on February 22, 2015. The only real outcome of the forum held in Switzerland was an agreement to hold another meeting on March 2 (although the U.S. Department of State described the talks as very productive).

RIAC Digest

Trends for 2015, Economic recession, Russian gas strategy, American chairmanship in the Arctic council

With a little delay (which we can blame on winter holidays break) RIAC is back with the monthly international publications digest. Here you will find fifteen trends for 2015 from Spanish CIDOB, a number publications on the future of the European project, some reports on the negative effects of the ongoing economic recession due to the declining oil prices and crumbling Russian gas strategy in the light of the Ukrainian crisis. A note on the coming American chairmanship in the Arctic council and never-ending conflict in Sudan make a close-up to this digest.

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26 february 2015

Make or Break: What is the Future of Russian–Polish Relations?

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On February 16, 2015, the Russian International Affairs Council held a joint seminar with the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) entitled “Proposals for the Development of Russian–Polish Partnership”. The jam-packed agenda included discussions about political and economic obstacles, and the opportunities and prospects of developing bilateral relations. Anti-Russian sanctions and the impact of the Ukrainian crisis on these relations between the two countries loomed large. Below Stanislav Secrieru, Senior Research Fellow at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and Anatoly Leirikh, Chairman of the Business Council for Cooperation with Poland, share their thoughts on the situation.

Ivan Timofeev: Six Questions that the Minsk Agreements Raise

Ivan Timofeev: Six Questions that the Minsk Agreements Raise

The full text of the Minsk agreement signed on February 12, 2015 has been published. The text, entitled “the Package of Measures on the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements”, is without a doubt a step forward. But there are still a number of questions that remain unanswered.

26 february 2015

Mexico and Russia: 125 years of diplomatic relations

Andrés Rozental Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Mexico and Founding President of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations - COMEXI

Rubén Beltrán Mexico's Ambassador to the Russian Federation

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2015 marks 125 years of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Russia. The dynamism of those relations is gaining momentum and holds great promise for stronger ties. Our nations enjoy a smooth and steady political dialogue. This year will bring a reunion of the Joint Bilateral Commission, as well as mutual visits of Foreign Ministers.

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25 february 2015

Oleg Roy: Literature Needs Promotion

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2015 is the Year of Literature in Russia. One of Russia’s most popular writers, Oleg Roy, shares his insights on contemporary literature, the state of libraries and promoting a positive image of Russia abroad through literature and cinema.

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International Events of 2014

International Events of 2014

2014 was an eventful year. It was clear from its very beginning that Ukraine would be high on the international agenda. However, few could imagine that the Ukrainian crisis would dominate world events. Developments in the Transatlantic region and in Central and Eastern Europe depended a lot on what was happening in Ukraine. But there were some events that passed unnoticed behind the rhetoric about Ukraine.

24 february 2015

Nothing Personal, Just Business

Victor Katona Master Student at MGIMO-University

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President Putin’s short working visit to Budapest on February 17, 2015, which lasted just 5-6 hours, has caused the majority of experts to indulge in all sorts of speculations. The main declared purpose of the trip – the need to revise and renew the agreement of 1996 on Russian gas supplies to Hungary – had, apparently, been stipulated and agreed upon well in advance, and therefore it was expected that some new initiatives would be discussed during the visit. Viktor Orban and Vladimir Putin held a two-hour conversation tête-à-tête, but the details of the discussion between the Heads of State failed to leak to the public.

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