Russia is a strong advocate of the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which is to become an essential part of the international legal security system and an important link to the other nonproliferation and disarmament instruments. We strongly believe that it has the potential to become an important confidence building measure.
Jim Craig is an Olympic gold medalist and International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame member known to sports enthusiasts worldwide as the star goalie of the “Miracle on Ice” 1980 US Olympic hockey team.
Some western states have said that they have conclusive information and evidence that the Syrian authorities were responsible for the alleged chemical attack in Ghouta. We can see that preparations are being made for the military option, including the massive build-up of armaments in the region. It is difficult to understand these states’ true motives. After disastrous interventions in Iraq (without UN Security Council consent) and then in Libya (where the UN Security Council mandate was abused) where they effectively failed to facilitate stability and interreligious and interethnic peace, they now seem to be repeating the same scenario.1
Russia has focused its G20 Presidency agenda this year on two main tasks: achieving balanced growth and creating jobs. Our priorities, supported throughout the Presidency by all our partners, are to encourage investment, increase transparency, and make regulation more effective.
The rapid expansion of the ideologies of terrorism and violent extremism, which are often spread anonymously in "social networks" under slogans of reform, democracy and mobilizing people to come out onto the streets in protest, is an extremely dangerous trend.
Relations with the Asia Pacific states are among Russia’s foreign policy priorities. The shift in the global economy’s center of gravity towards the Asia Pacific region is accompanied by growing interaction in the area and a proliferation of multilateral structures and initiatives.
RIA Novosti would like to introduce to its readers its group of bloggers who will be writing on topical events in Russia and beyond. Feel free to join in their discussions and share your views on the topics they will be covering, from IT and religion to everyday life and entertainment. The number of bloggers, a mix of ex-pats and Russians alike, will be increasing with time as interests grow in finding out more in-depth information on specific topics.
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