Estrangement between Europe and Russia was growing for about 15 years and has escalated due to the events in Crimea and Ukraine, stated President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier. According to him, one should not expect that Russia and Europe would suddenly become friends, informs Deutsche Welle referencing Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
International Republican Institute held a survey in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, which showed that residents of those countries more and more often spoke out against fulfilling obligations to NATO and call Russia a partner, writes Czech media.
National Oceanic Administration of China and scientific organizations of six other countries, including Russia, signed several memoranda on Thursday on mutual understanding, which aim at expanding international cooperation in the field of Arctic research, says a statement of the Administration issued on Friday.
The Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Federation Council approved appointment of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasily Nebenzya as Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, mentioned a source in the committee to RIA Novosti.