The foreign ministers of Brazil, Russia, India and China held talks in mid-May in the city of Yekaterinburg in Russia. It was their first `stand-alone' meeting outside the UN
In 2008 India is playing host to the Year of Russia. Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Russia's Ambassador to India, speaks about former Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov's recent visit to open the celebrations, events planned for the year, Indian foreign policy, and
A Strategic Relationship: From Rivalry to Partnership. Russian Foreign Minister unhappy with unequal terms of partnership
Expectations for the new president are running high
Two Russians have been felicitated with reputed Indian awards
At their final meeting in Sochi, Vladimir Putin and George Bush found an elegant way of finalizing their far-from-simple relations. Publishing a "declaration on strategic frameworks," they promised to work together on key problems, but refrained from binding either party to do so.
Just ponder this: Russia in military alliance with Mexico, Cuba and Canada; armed to the teeth and with the US excluded. Will Washington sit on its hands and put trust in hollow verbal assurances?
In a candid interview, head of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov addresses the issues of gas, relations with Russia's near neighbours, and why he believes that the current US administration is in urgent need of achievements on the world stage.
It was the question which had been generating countless speculation, and even some jokes. Will Putin follow recent prime ministerial tradition and hang a portrait of President Medvedev in his office?
Ambassador pins hope on renewed dialogue
Our two leading politicians - President Vladimir Putin and First Deputy Prime Minister, and frontrunner for the presidency, Dmitry Medvedev - share a clear vision of the future for Russia, in the economic, social and political spheres. They touch on
Just as furniture is cheaper in times of war, so stock portfolios are easier to fill during an economic crisis. But, while in past downturns investors generally shunned developing markets in favour of more reliable stocks closer to home, many are now advocating once high-risk regions as the route to investment stability. Top of the pile of countries ready to reverse traditional wisdom is Russia, at least according to its finance minister, Alexei Kudrin.
The political system in modern Russia is often described as "an imitation of democracy". The country has a parliament, an opposition, several political parties and elections. But all these institutions are subordinate to a "vertical power structure" and are used by the Kremlin as political instruments.
Despite a hitherto lukewarm response to its overtures, Moscow is continuing with an intensive diplomatic plan to encourage Tehran to suspend parts of its nuclear programme.
The dispute over the operationof British Council offices in Russia took many, in Russiaand Britain, by surprise. After all, the Council's purpose is "to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries".So why did the Russianauthorities react as theyhave? In fact, there has beentrouble brewing for some time.RBTH exclusively publishesthe official explanation fromForeign Ministry spokesmanMikhail Kamynin.
Soyuz-U final blast-off caught on video