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The former US President Bill Clinton claims that Russian immigrants and settlers in the Middle East are the main barrier in the way of reaching a settlement in the region.


Washingtons Far East strategy, namely its contradictions with China, may cause problems for Russian Far East.


As it has already become obvious, the winter Olympic Games in Vancouver were rich in the failures. The cohort of the non-achievers is headed by United States, Russia, Austria and Germany. Many sportsmen have been the forth ones, and that is even worse as to be among the last ones. The Russian team, disappointed the fandom, was awaited to be more successful. There are many ideas and explanations of that, from the self-condemnation to condemnations of everybody except us. The professionals offer opinions like these:


Who has just for once been to Abkhazia would not forget it. This place is like a piece of tropical land in a northern latitudes. Picturesque bamboo gloves, tropical dark forests, fruit trees and palms surround warm Black Sea caves. Abkhazia is a very exotic country with rich history, manners and traditions. It suffered much because of the war but now it has almost got the independence because of Russia support.


Now foreign visitors can get Russian visa support document or a letter of invitation, they can also get help in visa processing at the Russian consulate.


More then 5000 Russian citizens signed the letter from Russian Orthodox Church to Dmitry Medvedev. The letter is against some points of the European Social Charter. Public opinion of a large part of Russian citizens on the creation of the institute of the Juvenile Judiciary and the introducing the sexual education at school differ from the points of the European Social Charter.


The discussions about new strategic arms reduction will take place in late June in Geneva between Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Abama. There are several pro and contra of the following arms reduction which you can see below.


EU top officials and Dmitry Medvedev discussed the ways out of the world economic crisis, energy problems, the delivery of Russian gas and a new structure of European security. They also discussed Eastern Partnership project, which is considered by Russia as an attempt to create another cordon around Russian borders and spoil the relationships with Russian neighbors. Still Russia cannot resolve all gas problems without Europe the main importer of Russian gas. A good way out of the situation seems the involving a third player in the game the new gas importers China and some Asia countries.


On September 22 Russian Prime-Minister will hold negotiations with Irish Prime-Minister and his counterpart. And on September 29 the two countries will mark 35th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.


To get Olympic medals more and more sportsmen represent non-native countries. American sportsmen can play for a Russian team and Russian for American. Though it doest contradict the Olympic rules, international sport organizations start expressing more concern about it.


Today the Georgian president has signed an order about a cease-fire. Georgia is going to put the law on Russia at the International Court of Justice after having killed about 2,000 people in Ossetia.


Russia-UK relations have deteriorated again: the Moscow department of the British Council claims it has received a punitive and incorrect tax bill for 2004-2006 by the Russian authorities.


The 10th World Congress of the Russian Press takes place in Moscow June 10-13. Publishers and journalists from around the world from Latvia to New Zealand - have gathered to discuss professional matters and development of a united international Russian-speaking space.


Russian arts and literature of the 20th century has been enjoying close attention of the West in recent years, the antique masterpieces making high-interest lots at worlds foremost auctions. Thus, lately Bloomsbury Auctions New York has been lucky to benefit from the unique collection Masterworks of 20th Century Russian Literature and Illustration sold out with a bang on May 21.


The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will host the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League Final. The prospect of an all-English showdown even could make the Premier League move the Final venue to the UK. But Moscow insists on the UEFA regulations and all preparations done not to lose its right to hold club football's most prestigious event. The furthest East cup final could cause some tourist visa hindrances for English or Spanish or just all football supporters who are eager to get to the match.


The last summit for the present Russian and American presidents took place in Sochi, Saturday, April 5. The two presidents without breaking though signed a Strategic Framework Declaration, which will be the base for the future relations between Russia and the USA under new presidents.


Russian- Armenian integration will be growing. The fact that the newly elected Armenian president Serge Sarkisyan has made its first official visit to our country has emphasized the importance of the bilateral relations.


Richard Sorge is one of the best spies of the WWII and the best Soviet spy working in Japan before and during the war. He called the exact day of Operation Barbarossa and warned the Soviets that Japan would not attack the Soviet Union that year, what became the key points in World War II.


Yesterday Moscow and Kiev ended the gas row rather unexpectedly. The recent Gazprom ultimatum to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine resulted in Ukraines promise to pay off its debt and the revising the major gas supply scheme, worked out after the gas conflict of 2005-2006. The gas supply operators are to be changed; two joint companies of Gazprom and Ukraines Naftogaz will appear.


Russia has declared its ready to resolve the North Territory issue with Japan. This disputable question prevents two countries from signing peace for more that sixty years. The negotiations marked on May this year between the present Russian president and Japanese premier and the meeting at G8 summit with the new Russian leader are to play a key role in further developing of bilateral relations.


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