Russia and Angola: The rebirth of a strategic partnership?

Africa and Russia in general, and Angola and Russia in particular, have a long-standing friendship dating back to the days when the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was assisting African national liberation movements in gaining independence. The USSR forged a strategic alliance with the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, which remains to this day the ruling party in Angola, led by the same head figure.

Russia-India-China: communique from 12th meeting of foreign ministers

New Delhi:  The Foreign Ministers of the Republic of India, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China met in New Delhi on 10 November 2013 for their 12th Meeting. The meeting was held in an atmosphere marked with cordiality and warmth. (2). The Ministers reiterated the importance attached to the Russia-India-China Trilateral format as a platform to foster closer dialogue and practical cooperation in identified areas among the three countries. They stressed that this cooperation was not directed against any other country. They expressed their resolve to strengthen the trilateral dialogue for consultation and coordination on regional and global issues of mutual interest in the spirit of openness, solidarity, mutual understanding and trust.

14th India-Russia annual summit: statement

Moscow:  The Prime Minister of the Republic of India, H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh, paid an official visit to the Russian Federation on 20-22 October 2013, at the invitation of the President of the Russian Federation H.E. Mr. Vladimir V. Putin. President of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. Vladimir V. Putin and Prime Minister of India, H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh held talks in Moscow.

The G20 summit: do the people matter?

Johannesburg:  On the 5-6 September the G20 Summit will take place in St Petersburg Russia. Despite questions of its legitimacy, as it includes only 20 states (with South Africa the only African representative), the G20 is seen as a key forum in addressing global economic governance and has expanded its agenda to include a range pressing international issues from climate change to anti-corruption. But what do these annual high-profile summits mean for ‘the people’?

India's National Security Advisor: on cyberspace issues

Vladivostok:  Cyberspace is today the fifth domain of human activity, in addition to land, sea, air and outer space. During the last two decades, the Internet has grown exponentially in its reach and scope. Equally, our dependence upon cyberspace for social, economic, governance, and security functions has also grown exponentially. Unfettered access to information through a global inter-connected Internet empowers individuals and governments, and it poses new challenges to the privacy of individuals and to the capability of Governments and administrators of cyberspace tasked to prevent its misuse.  Our task is complicated by the unique characteristics of cyberspace. These include, as we are reminded every day: its borderless nature, both geographically and functionally; anonymity and the difficulty of attribution; the fact that for the present the advantage is with offense rather than defence; and, the relatively anarchic nature of this domain.

Russia as a humanitarian aid donor

This paper addresses the role of Russia as a humanitarian aid donor in the context of the increasing participation in international aid of so-called "new‟, "emerging‟ (or "re-emerging‟), or "non-traditional‟ donors, such as the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and others. Much debate in recent years has centred on such questions as the impact of these donors on patterns of international aid provision and the rationale for their aid efforts. This paper aims to answer these questions from the standpoint of Russia by drawing on official statistics and secondary literature. It examines Russia's institutional arrangements for humanitarian aid provision; the types and volumes of aid sent; the recipients of this aid; the differences and similarities between Russia and the other members of the two main global donor groups – the G8 (and the wider Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC)) and the BRICS countries; and finally the Russian government's and public's perceptions of the country's role as a donor.

The new Russian foreign policy concept: evolving continuity

In February 2013, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a new Foreign Policy Concept. Preparation of the document was set in motion by Vladimir Putin’s order in May 2012, while still prime minister, that the ministry submit a draft by December. Some media sources suggest that a draft was submitted in early November, but that Putin delayed it to make it more robust. Perhaps, but the concept is scarcely more robust than either the 2008 iteration or the May 2012 presidential order.  It may also be that the draft was simply circulated to different bodies for comment and improvement, so undergoing a short technical delay before being resubmitted to the Kremlin for final approval in early February. In any event Putin ratified the document on 12 February before presenting it to the Russian Security Council prior to publication.

How B20 recommendations translate into G20 decisions

Moscow:  Has the G20 lived up to its early success as an anti-crisis mechanism and its claim to act as its members’ premier forum for their international economic cooperation? In a world which needs global collective political will and coordinated action to address persistent imbalances and steer the economy towards strong, sustainable and balanced growth, it is still not obvious that G20 summitry is delivering on its pledges. Critics claim the G20 should become more transparent, legitimate and effective.  The G20-B20 dialogue should be instrumental in enhancing G20 efficiency by both responding to business interests and concerns and engaging the private sector in generating growth and jobs.

Vladimir Putin on Russia/RSA relations

First of all, I would like to express my satisfaction with the course and results of our talks. This was my second visit to the Republic of South Africa. Today, we had a detailed discussion of what has been done during the previous period and we have outlined objectives for the future. The Declaration on Strategic Partnership has just been signed. It sets forth long-term benchmarks for bilateral coordination in trade, investment, the humanitarian sector, and in the international arena. Our nations have a good foundation for increasing cooperation. In 2012, our turnover grew by a record 66.3 percent and reached nearly $1 billion (in 2011, it was almost two times less). In the medium-term, we are set to increase the volume of mutual trade multi-fold.

Russia-South Africa: comprehensive strategic partnership

Durban:  The Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa (herein after referred to as the “Sides”), being guided by the desire to further consolidate for mutual benefit their traditionally close and friendly ties based on mutual understanding and deep-rooted confidence in each other and by the rich and fruitful experience of cooperation in different spheres accumulated over the period of struggle against apartheid as well as the years since establishment of diplomatic relations between them, emphasising their commitment to the Declaration of Principles Concerning Friendly Relations and Partnership, signed by the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Republic of South Africa on 29 April 1999


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