Category Archives: New Cold War

What happened to Russia and the USA?

“Let us not accept Russia's turning to Asia”, by Hélène Carrère d'Encausse / USA and Germany after the NATO summit in Brussels / Politicians and their personal stance, by Karl Müller / President Putin, Russian federation – and president Trump, divided states of America, by Willy Wimmer / Trump and Germany's path to a regulatory power, by Henrik Paulitz / The dollar as a universal power, by René Zeyer / Plain language required instead of diversion! Negotiations Switzerland – EU: Status before the summer break, by Marianne Wüthrich / Sweden— security guards at school, by Inger Enkvist / “Questions are the antechambers of knowledge”, by Carl Bossard / The Gotthard stagecoach. The most beautiful vehicle in Switzerland, by Heini (...)

Confrontation against Russia

Sanctions from the perspective of International Law, by Hans Köchler / Why should Germany lead in a confrontation with Russia?, by Karl Müller / Joint Statement at the Singapore Summit on 12 June 2018 / Everybody wants to set the course towards understanding and peace / Italy wants to see the sanctions against Russia ending, by Daniele Pozzati / Institutional Framework Agreement Switzerland-EU – strategy or confusion?, by Marianne Wüthrich / What does “the adoption of EU legislation”mean? Concrete examples / Cross-border commuter financing as the next stumbling block / Winterkorn: Peak salaries no longer without liability, by Eberhard Hamer / How powerful is geography? / The New Hambach Festival 2018, by Klaudia and Tankred Schaer / All education comes from doing, by Carl Bossard / Why marijuana is played down and who makes money from it, by Gabriella Hunziker / Hornets are better than (...)

Letter by Australia and The Nederlands to Russia dealing with Flight MH17

The Embassy of Australia to the Russian Federation and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Russian Federation present their compliments to the Third Asian Department and the First European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and have the honour to draw the Department's attention to the following. On 17 July 2014, an aircraft operated by Malaysian Airlines with flight number MH17 and carrying a total of 298 individuals was shot down from (...)

Boris Johnson’s keynote speech at the Paris conference to fight against impunity for the use of chemical weapons, by Boris Johnson

I'm grateful to the French Chair of the Partnership for convening this important meeting. We gather at a moment when the rules that guarantee the security of every country – including the global ban on chemical weapons – are gravely imperilled. Almost a century ago, the world united to prohibit the use of chemical weapons with the Geneva Protocol of 1925. More recently, 165 countries have signed the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1997 and agreed never to develop, manufacture or stockpile (...)

Statement by the Foreign Ministry regarding the press conference of the Joint Investigation Team on the preliminary findings of the criminal investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Boeing in eastern Ukraine

The version of events presented by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) during a press conference on May 24, according to which the Buk anti-aircraft missile system used to launch the missile at the airliner arrived in Ukraine from Russia and belonged to Air Defence Brigade 53 deployed in Kursk, is regrettable. This is a case of unfounded accusations aimed at discrediting our country in the eyes of the international community. No evidence, of course, was presented, except for a visually (...)

Russian Comment on the Paris meeting of the “International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons”

We took note of the meeting of the “International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons” held in Paris between May 17-18. Predictably, its final Declaration is imbued with the spirit of confrontation with Russia and blatant anti-Syrian rhetoric. The co-authors of the document, among other things, call on other countries to create an attribution mechanism which , according to their plans, would merely reaffirm the parties responsible for chemical crimes already (...)

Novichok: Czech Prime Minister contradicts his President

Contradicting the comments of Miloš Zeman (President of Czech Republic), the Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, tweeted: “The Czech Republic has never produced, developed nor even stocked any substance belonging to the Novichok group”. In a communiqué, he made the following specific points: • What was factually accurate was that his country had carried out a micro-synthesis of a substance belonging to the Novitchok group in the context of a military programme aimed at ensuring the protection (...)

France proposes to change the by laws of the OIAC

For several months, members of a “small group” (Saudi Arabia, the United States, France, Jordan and the United Kingdom) have been trying to eliminate Russia from the UN Security Council. In the same vein, France has just proposed amending the by-laws of the OIAC, the organization tasked with checking the application of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – amendments which will lead to changing the meaning of the Treaty—. The idea is that, since Russia is challenging the (...)

Czech Republic produced Novichok

During an televised interview broadcast on TV Barrandov, the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman (see photo), has indicated that he commissioned his secret services to produce a report on the Russian allegation that it was probably his country that had produced Novichok, the same substance used in Salisbury to poison the Russian agent Serguei Skripal and his daughter, Julia. “We must conclude that our country has produced and tested an [agent of the class] Novichok, although [it (...)

US Fleet with 1,000 missiles in the Mediterranean, by Manlio Dinucci

The US aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman, which set sail from the world's largest naval base in Norfolk (Virginia), has entered the Mediterranean with its strike group. The strike group consists of the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy and the guided-missile destroyers USS Farragut, USS Forrest Sherman, USS Bulkeley, and USS Arleigh Burke. Two others, USS Jason Dunham and USS The Sullivans, will rejoin the strike group at a later date. The German destroyer FGS Hessen is added to the Truman (...)