Sun, May 26 2013
MARITIME MOMENT: Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, left, and president Dimitry Medvedev at a working meeting on August 14, two days after Putin visited Abkhazia on the anniversary of the Russia-Georgia conflict, in a signal gesture of Russia’s foreign policy intentions.
Georgia says it has reached a deal with Russia to re-open a key border crossing. The move is aimed at easing tensions between the two neighbors following their brief war in 2008
Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, who is to meet his Bulgarian counterpart Boiko Borissov in the Polish city where the September 1 outbreak of World War 2 is being commemorated, has sharp messages for the West.
Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic will again take up the cudgels at the UN General Assembly meeting on September 15 2009 against the campaign to get more countries to recognise Kosovo – which, as a state without UN recognition, will be on the sidelines of the meeting.
After Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov and Russia’s Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone on August 27 2009, on issues including energy co-operation, Russian news agency Itar-Tass said that the two would meet when Putin went to the Polish city of Gdansk for a World War 2 commemoration.
The political fallout of the Russia-Georgia war of August 2008 affects far more than the main combatants: it has had a profound impact on the post-Soviet space, the United States, the European Union, even China and Turkey. Ivan Krastev draws up a balance-sheet of a toxic conflict, and looks ahead.
President Dmitry Medvedev has explained in his web blog the true reasons why he sent an open message to his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushchenko.
Russian president Medvedev's visit to Amsterdam on the occasion of the opening of the Dutch annex to the Hermitage was overshadowed by an arrest for sexual harassment by one of his staff members.
World leaders acknowledged Putin's victory with reservations, and international observers say the election was skewed in the former president's favour.
Hollande's call for more spending and economic growth has struck a chord with French voters.
Gallup International Association poll gives president Sarkisian’s party 44 per cent, while three main challengers alleged ‘machinations’ by ruling party in what – in contrast to 2008 – reportedly was a largely peaceful election.
The Freedom House report says the media environment in the Middle East and North Africa underwent major improvements in 2011, but remained the worst-performing part of the world.
Dissatisfaction with jobs is a global phenomenon and two-thirds of workers all over the world intend to look for another job in the near future, the survey concluded.