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Which relations between Switzerland and the EU?

Straighten up EU-Switzerland relations. “Switzerland does not need a framework agreement with the European Union”; by Felix W. Zulauf / “Federal Council hampers small hydro power plants development”, by Marianne Wüthrich / Swiss agricultural policy – what next? / How Switzerland saved itself. Fundamental book on the history of Switzerland in the Second World War / A framework agreement with the EU, which is almost unknown to the public... The previous history; by Werner Wüthrich / “To facilitate the emergence of a community of common destiny”. Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) take position to sensitive issues of world politics / The NATO states need to change their business model, by Karl Müller / Military strike against Syria must be brought to the International Criminal Court, by Eva Maria Barki / “Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You (...)

Joint Statement of the United States and China Regarding Trade Consultations

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump and President Xi Jinping, on May 17 and 18, 2018, the United States and China engaged in constructive consultations regarding trade in Washington, D.C. The United States delegation included Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, and United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer. The Chinese delegation was led by State Council Vice Premier Liu He, Special Envoy of President Xi. There was a (...)

Canada bans Venezuelans living on its territory from electing their president

Canada has just notified Venezuela's ambassador of the prohibition on organizing polling stations for the Venezuelan Presidential elections. This decision contravenes the Vienna Treaty on Consular Relations. France and Germany mirrored this action in 2014: both these states violated the aforementioned treaty when they prohibited Syrian ambassadors from organizing polling stations when the Syrian Presidential election took place in June 2014 . Canada, France and Germany are claiming to (...)

Bashar al-Assad made a working visit to Russia

Vladimir Putin: Mr President, I am happy to see you in Russia. At the beginning of our meeting I would like to congratulate you on the start of the holy month of Ramadan. I would also like to congratulate you on the major success of the Syrian Government Army in the struggle against terrorist units. Due to the efforts of your army recently, important steps have been made towards the further consolidation of the legitimate government. Terrorists have laid down arms in key areas of Syria, (...)

EU-Western Balkans Summit Declaration

Sofia Declaration We, the leaders of the European Union (EU) and of its Member States, in consultation with our Western Balkans partners, and in the presence of relevant regional stakeholders, today concluded the following: 1. The EU welcomes the shared commitment of the Western Balkans partners to European values and principles, and to the vision of a strong, stable and united Europe, underpinned by our historic, cultural and geographic ties and by our mutual political, security and (...)

Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry on developments in Venezuela

On May 20, a presidential election will take place in Venezuela. According to the National Electoral Council of Venezuela, the preparations are ongoing. The incumbent president, and opposition candidates are in the process of active campaigning. A trial vote took place on May 6 in a calm atmosphere with a high voter turnout. All these signs indicate a high degree of the country's readiness for a peaceful completion of the electoral process. The Venezuelan people are aware of the importance (...)

Joint Statement by Iran, Russia and Turkey on the International Meeting on Syria

The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic: 1. Reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria. Highlighted that these principles should be universally respected and any action that might violate them and undermine achievements of the Astana format should be avoided. 2. Emphasized the importance of the (...)

Russia will not hand over S-300 to Syria

Russia will not hand over anti air-system S-300 to Syria. So declared Vladimir Kozhin, the foreign aid adviser to the Kremlin. The declaration came following two events: the visit of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, to Moscow on 9 May and the missile fire exchange on 10 May between forces present on both sides of the line of demarcation of Golan occupied by Israel. Moscow had mentioned that it might hand over the anti air system S-300 following the Western bombing (United (...)

Guatemala’s President against the ICAIG, Sweden and Venezuela

Guatemala has requested that the ambassadors of Sweden (Anders Kompass) and Venezuela (Elena Alicia Salcedo Poleo) be replaced. These two diplomats very actively supported the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (ICAIG). This Commission, established by the United Nations and approved by the Guatemalan Assembly, is tasked with helping the Attorney General and the country's police. President Jimmy Morales has already tried to expel the Commission's President after the (...)

US applies sanctions against Iran

US President, Donald Trump, has issued the following edict to all countries and private businesses: you have between 90 to 180 days, depending on the sector you're in, to wrap up all your business with Iran. Sanctions on metal, currency, debt and every type of automotive vehicle, will apply from 7 August. Sanctions relating to the banking and oil sector will apply from 5 November. In the European Union, some are groaning and requesting exemptions, at least to allow contracts that have (...)