Politics 2 July 2010
The new German President Christian Wulff has pledged effort to broaden public involvement in national politics. He was speaking at a Berlin inauguration ceremony Friday two days after being elected to his post in a third round of voting in the Federal Assembly.
The leader of Poland’s Civic Platform party, Acting President Bronislaw Komorowski has won a nationally televised debate on the closing day of campaigning ahead of a presidential run-off on Sunday. Polls give him 41 percent. His rival in the race, the leader of the Law and Justice party Jaroslaw Kaczynski has only 37
Russian political establishment thinks the country needs official interpretation of its Soviet past which will put an end to quarrels with the CIS countries. The head of Russia's Duma Foreign Affairs Committee, Konstantin Kosachev set the main guidelines for the new document.
Final counts from last Sunday’s referendum in Kyrgyzstan return a 90-percent ‘yes’ to initiatives to radically devolve power from the presidency to Parliament, endorse the interim administration that took over from the ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiey and make Interim Prime Minister Roza Otunbayeva Acting President for the period to 2012.
Delivering a speech on Thursday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague set out the country’s new national foreign policy concept, based on a more “proactive” diplomacy. The UK’s Foreign policy will become more “active in Europe and across the world,” Mr. Hague pointed out.
Russia’s integration with Pacific Rim economies is high on the country’s economic agenda, and Russia’s Far East should be the first to do so. A statement to that effect came from President Medvedev as he spoke in Khabarovsk. Russia’s Far East boasts vast natural resources and good prospects for development.
US Ambassador to Russia, John Beyrle, hopes to see concrete achievements in bilateral relations. This came in a statement in the run-up to the 4th of July, Independence Day. The Ambassador said bilateral relations have significantly improved since last year.
Poland is making preparations for the presidential run-off. It is very hard to say now who will be Poland’s new head of state: acting leader Bronislaw Komorowski or the leader of the opposition party “Law and Justice” and the former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
The Ukrainian Parliament has passed a law on the principles of domestic and foreign policy, which provides for dropping the country’s NATO membership bid and thus officially enshrines Ukraine’s nonaligned status. Kiev now intends to integrate into the European and regional collective security systems without joining any military-political alliances.
“A historic choice for Russia” is how Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has described the creation of a trilateral customs union by Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
US President Barack Obama has signed what he calls the toughest sanctions in history against Tehran. The sanctions are meant to cripple Iran’s ability to develop and finance its nuclear pogramme. The sanctions are to apply to companies dealing with the Revolutionary Guards of Iran.
Russia ’s State Duma has approved a law banning drink driving. Russia’s Traffic Safety Laws and Code of Administrative Offences will be also amended in this respect. The decree bans driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.
Estelle Winters interviews Konstantin von Eggert, Carnegie Moscow Center expert.
Only objections by the three Baltics lie in the way of visa-free travel between Russia and the European Union. The Russian EU Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov told this to Russian and European networks in a television link between Moscow and Brussels on Friday.
The Polish presidential candidates Bronislaw Komorowski and Jaroslaw Kaczynski are running virtually neck-and-neck as their country winds up campaigning ahead of run-off presidential elections on Sunday. The outcome is hinged on choices by a small minority of voters who still remain undecided. The hopefuls differ on domestic affairs but largely agree on foreign policy matters.
The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has criticized Moldova for establishing a solemn remembrance occasion on the anniversary of what the Moldovan authorities call the annexation of their country by the Soviet Union.
Arab countries are set to have a Palestinian State created before the end of this year, says the Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit. The ongoing indirect talks between Palestinians and Israelis can’t be seen as serious, Gheit told an international conference on the future of the Palestinian Autonomy in Paris on Thursday.
The US Congress has approved a bill on funding President Barack Obama’s new strategy for Afghanistan and has allocated 33 billion dollars for the purpose. Under the strategy the United States will send an additional 30,000 troops to the Asian country.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has visited a furniture factory in Birobidzhan, in the Russian Far East, and has also been shown local small business-made products. He says he is now certain that the products in question are by no means inferior to those from the neighbouring China.
It is only possible to get rid of corruption and shady businesses by changing the performance of the law enforcement bodies and the Russians’ attitude towards the situation, says the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
The six international mediators on the Iranian nuclear program are scheduled to meet in Brussels on Friday, July 3 rd . This initiative came from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The six-party negotiations traditionally involve five permanent UN Security Council members - Germany, Russia, China, France, the UK and the USA, plus Germany.
Ankara intends to seek satisfaction of its demands following the Israeli attack on the humanitarian aid convoy in the Mediterranean, said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
Dmitry Medvedev has become the first Russian head of state to visit Birobidjan, the capital of Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region. He will meet with members of the business community and attend a series of meetings at the city’s cultural center, synagogue and furniture factory.
Kyrgyz interim government’s head Roza Otunbayeva will serve as president of the transitional period until the end of 2011. This came in a statement by Chairman of the republic’s Central Election Commission Akylbek Sariyev, when he declared the official results of the referendum on Kyrgyzstan’s new Constitution.
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has urged Russian citizens not to buy Moldovan goods produced in protest against the decision of the Moldovan government to announce June 28 as the Soviet Occupation Day. The boycott of the Moldovan goods should continue until the Moldovan authorities abolish their decision and apologize to the Moldovans and Russian citizens, Luzhkov said.
Ukraine has made a final decision not to join NATO. Ukraine’s Parliament approved a law Thursday night on the fundamentals of home and foreign policy that provides for the country’s non-aligned status.
Barack Obama has approved fresh sanctions against Iran to stiffen the Islamic Republic’s international isolation and limit Tehran’s fuel imports. The White House claims that the sanctions aim at preventing Iran from developing its nuclear programme and the creation by Tehran of ballistic missiles.
Dmitry Medvedev has come out for boosting Russia’s role in Asia and the Pacific. Russia has a perfectly strong position in the APEC, SCO, ASEAN and BRIC international alliances, Medvedev told a Khabarovsk meeting on the development of the Russian Far East.
Russian President Medvedev signed the amended law on concessional agreements. Speaking at meeting on the development of Russia’s Far East in the Asia-Pacific the Russian President noted that the amendment targeted reaching an agreement in communal management and reaching a consensus between government and municipal organizations.
The New York district Court heard the cases of four out of ten detained on charges of espionage for Russia. The court ruled to release Vicky Pelaez on bail. The judge explained the decision by Pelaez’s straightforward acknowledgment of her true citizenship and name. She will now remain at home under electronic surveillance.