There is fear spreading through Europe of the specter of war, fuelled by aggressive war propaganda by the West in their attempt to demonize Russia. In Germany, for the first time, people do not trust their mass media. All over Europe appearing strange fascist parties. The blind drive by the US in pursuit of their geopolitical objectives in Europe and in Ukraine has placed the entire European continent in an unstable and extremely dangerous position.
Recently the western media, namely The Financial Times, have found out that Gazprom and other Russian-state companies are switching their export operations to yuans and rubles. The most common reaction was that Gazprom is trying to do something stupid and unachievable.
The US is attempting to hamper interactions between a number of countries and Russia and drive Moscow-Washington relations into deadlock, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, told the Kommersant newspaper in an interview published on Friday.
The much-anticipated session of the new Iraqi parliament has collapsed after Shi'ites failed to nominate the new prime minister who would replace the embattled Nuri al-Maliki and Sunnis and Kurds abandoned the meeting. Acting Speaker Mahdi al-Hafez said that the parliament would reconvene in a week.
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, announced on Tuesday that the popular yet controversial Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will take part in the first direct presidential election slated for August. Although, at the moment presidency in Turkey is largely symbolic, Erdogan expressed his wishes to make it vastly more powerful if he gets elected.
With the US seemingly working up tensions the world over, the Far East is another region facing the risk of major instability. The ultimate cause of potential conflict would be a standoff between the US and China that it would like to "contain". How great are the risks? Experts from Japan and China are sharing their vision with The Voice of Russia.
The EU is divided over Ukraine, over economy, over its chairman and over – its future. Will the EU survive, or – should it be dismantled? The Voice of Russia is discussing it with Dr. Aurélien Mondon, Lecturer in French politics at the University of Bath, UK, and Jean-Yves Camus, political analyst and Associated Research Fellow at IRIS, France.
Russia has never intended to invade Ukraine, stresses Robert Oulds, Director of the Bruges Group, an independent all-party think tank. Instead, there was always a lot of hysteria on the part of the West regarding the alleged military buildup on the border between the two countries.
The Italian police have announced that they finally figured out who killed Joe Petrosino, an undercover New York City Police Department detective, who dedicated his life to fighting organized crime. The murder remained a mystery for 105 years.
When fighting for independence, the acceptance by the existing state is a very important concept, stresses Jaume Simon Gispert, member of ReagrupamEnt Independentista, a political party in Catalonia. A region might declare independence but unless it is recognized by other states it cannot become a real polity.
Russians lost to Belgium in the second match of the group stage at the World Cup on Sunday, June 22. In an exclusive interview with Radio VR Zach Woosley of SBNation.com, an American sports network, believes that, nevertheless, "it was one of those games where Russia did everything right and pretty much played the game it wanted to… until that very end."
The so-called 'peace plan' put forward by the newly elected president of Ukraine doesn't seem to be working. Why? Could it be that Mr. Poroshenko has no control over the Ukrainian army? Or – is the peace strategy something that does not go together with the US plans in Ukraine? The Voice of Russia is discussing these issues with Christoph R. Horstel, government consultant and publicist, based in Germany.
Colombia's largest rebel group FARC declares three week ceasefire ahead of second round of presidential elections. Country’s current government is in peace talks with rebels and outcome of presidential elections can be crucial for future of these talks. The second round vote between Zuluaga and Santos to be very tight. The election campaign mainly divides voters between those who back Santos to give him chance to complete peace talks with FARC and Zuluaga supporters who are skeptical about negotiations. Mrs. Marcela Prieto Executive director of Political Science Institute from Bogota, Colombia comments on situation.
Ukraine’s newly elected President Petr Poroshenko has said in his inauguration speech he is ready to sign immediately the economic part of the agreement on Ukraine’s association with the EU. Peter Koenig, a financial pundit, former World Bank staff member and a Voice of Russia regular, talks about the big geopolitical picture, the situation in Ukraine and how a second Cold War can be averted.
On June 6 Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. Ahead of his visit to France the Russian leader gave an extensive interview to Radio Europe 1's news program author and frontman, Jean-Pierre Elkabbach and, anchor of the evening news on TF1 TV channel, Gilles Bouleau covering burning issues from Ukraine and Crimea to US foreign policy. The interview was recorded on June 3 in Sochi.
Russian PM doesn't expect immediate improvement in relations with Kiev after presidential election in Ukraine
Peter Koenig, financial pundit, author and former World Bank economist, talked with the Voice of Russia about India's historic shift from the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty and the Congress Party reign, to the nationalist Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi.
NBC held an exclusive interview with national security whistleblower Edward Snowden. Snowden's first-ever interview to American television will be aired on Wednesday, May 28, as part of an 'NBC News' special program.
Unintended beneficial consequences: sanctions against Iran force Tehran to be self-sufficient - expert
Ukraine "is as close to civil war as you can get" and a solution must be found that satisfies all regions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Russia has "no intention" of sending its troops anywhere, Lavrov said in an interview today with Bloomberg Television at the Foreign Ministry building in central Moscow.