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February/March 2017

The West must gain Russia's trust
Serbian Jerusalem
Yacht Leader on the Adriatic
The End of Soros Era?
Obama’s Purge in Ukraine
Romania – a threat for Russia
Image of Polish-Russian Relations
Does Robert Fico have a mandate from voters…
Religious Freedom in Society
Rudolf Dilong´s Powerlines

Editorial
The West must gain Russia's trust

The natural process of establishing a polycentric and multipolar international system that involves seeking for compromises, mutual concessions and respect, understanding and reflection over the interests of the others, is struggling with very serious and so many obstacles. These come mainly from the desire of our Western partners (I mean the West in a wider, historical sense) to maintain our global domination. They assume that they have "been paying music" in the world for centuries (basically it really is) and they want to continue to dictate any problem in the way they find fit in that situation. In fact, they claim a "monopoly on the truth," and use for this purpose a broad range of unlawful coercion and unethical means of influencing partners: starting to rewrite history, deploying vast and relatively aggressive information campaigns before unilateral sanctions, from sponsoring pouches, instigating regional conflicts to the direct military intervention. The consequences of these destructive actions are visible in many parts of the world, especially in the Middle East and North Africa, but also much closer to our borders.
We will not "jump" aside. We are a Eurasian power, having been determined by history, nature and, above all, our great ancestors. Therefore, we need to use the whole history for work in all directions and to ensure an optimal external environment for the development of the countryside and the improvement of the nation's standard of living. It is about securing our borders, the optimal conditions for our citizens traveling abroad to feel relaxed and safe, as well as for our economic operators working with foreign partners in the East, South and West. We do our best to make these conditions comfortable so that our societies, businesses and entrepreneurs do not experience any discrimination.
We call our foreign policy a "multi-vector" (considering development in all directions) and as "independent", because Russia's other way of life was not possible and is impossible. We pursue the policy that does not divide the international community but unites it. We pursue the peace policy that means solving problems through political and diplomatic methods and international law. We are open to cooperate with everyone without exception who is willing to cooperate with us based on equality with respect for the interests of the other parties and mutual benefits. These practices, which we apply to and which differ from the procedures imposed by unilateral measures, are shared by the clear majority of the planet's states - at least 80% of the population. Everyone wants to build inter-state relations in terms of mutual understanding. We are, therefore, the natural partners of majority of the states of the international community.

The European Union is our biggest partner. But it would be unforgivable not to take these great opportunities being offered to us about the turbulent development of the economy, logistics and transport processes in the Asia-Pacific region. Especially, because one of our main priorities is to support Euro-Asian economic integration. It has a much wider dimension than a simple solution to all the tasks set by the leaders of the Euro-Asian Economic Community. It is also a continuation of integration processes in open regime. Everything we do is subordinate to ensuring the most secure conditions for the development of our country, international projects, human contacts. International terrorism is our common enemy here. We are convinced that the fight against it must only be carried out on the basis of international law, without having diversified judgement when respecting the central role of the UN. We are guided by these principles, when we responded to a request by the Syrian government to send a contingent of their air-space forces to Syria to fight the Islamic State (ISIL), “Dzhebhat en Nusrat” and associated extremist groups. At the same time, we solve very important tasks to improve the humanitarian situation of the Syrian population, especially in areas that are blocked by Islamic militants. We are striving for an early start of a full political dialogue. We are not interested in turning away from anyone, we are ready to re-establish full-fledged normal relations with the European Union, the United States, but only on the basis of equality, without any attempts to transform these relationships into "one-line play".

The situation in Ukraine is extremely difficult. The crisis in this country has become a real catalyst for processes that have revealed the imperfections of Europe's security structures and the Euro-Atlantic area as a whole, and the systemic errors of this construction, which the reforms have not touched for many years. Our proposals have touched on the egoism of the political elites of some states that have apparently sought to obtain geostrategic benefits to the detriment of other countries, in clear contradiction with the OSCE's solemn declaration approved at the highest level in the 1990s within the relations NATO- Russia.
According to it, security is indivisible and no one will strengthen his safety at the expense of the safety of others. These political commitments have been grossly violated and continue to be violated. Our proposals to relinquish these commitments from the level of political declarations to the category of legally binding were swept away from the table. I hope our partners remember it. If they have forgotten, we will, of course, recall this fact. Apart from the processes taking place in and around Ukraine, our Western partners must do much to restore the trust of the Russian Federation. Of course, we see that in the West we begin to understand the necessity of normalizing everything that is happening. We have a common commitment to fighting international terrorism against ISIL, "Dzhebhat en-Nusrat", at least verbally, we share the determination to observe and implement Minsk agreements on the Ukrainian crisis. We, of course, support such a position of our Western partners, but we all the time assert that Minsk agreements must be met as agreed - through the direct dialogue between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk. In particular, it concerns the legal assurance of Donbas's special status, the implementation of constitutional reform, the amnesty, the organization of local elections. All this is written in Minsk agreements, all this is necessary to be implemented.

The incorporation of Crimea into the Russian Federation has taken place in full compliance with international law. According to Article 1 of the UN Charter, one of the guiding principles is the right of people for self-determination. It recalls the need to respect the territorial integrity of states, but in the context of respect the right for self-determination. This link has been registered since the beginning of the United Nations in the most important international legal instrument of our time. The form of self-esteem chosen by the Crimean people is quite specific. But it was implemented in response to the coup and the postulates announced by the new government. For example, as D. Jaroš said, one of the main direct pouch executives and participant of all Maidan acting, Crimea is for the Ukrainians, because the Russians will never speak in Ukrainian, they will never think of the Ukrainians, they will not worship Stepan Bander and R. Shuchevich. Therefore, the Russians must be expelled from Crimea and those who would protest must be eliminated. He announced it at the end of February 2014, several days before the wave of protests in Crimea. Therefore, considering the face of the harsh threats and attempts to implement them and assimilate them into life, the inhabitants of Crimea, in my opinion, had no choice.
Regarding the legal aspect of the matter, there are treaties of 1966 on international civil and political rights and international economic, social and cultural rights, which also include the right for self-determination. The most comprehensive document is the UN General Assembly Declaration on the principles of international law on friendly relations between states. It was consensually adopted in 1970. It says that the creation of a sovereign and independent state, a free association with an independent state, the unification with it, or the establishment of another political establishment freely determined by the nation is a form of implementation of the right of this nation for self-determination. The Declaration states that at the same time it is necessary to respect the territorial integrity of the state from which is being left. But the state has the right for the full support of its territorial integrity only if the state gives it to all inhabitants of that territory the right for self-determination. The Ukrainian state deprived this right from the people of Crimea. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the people of Crimea initially organized a referendum that initially ignored the central authorities of power in Kiev and in 1996 the results of the referendum were cancelled. We see that the people of Crimea have long sought to use their right to treatment under the 1970 UNGA decision. The right for self-determination has been repeatedly confirmed in the judgments of the International Court of Justice and in human rights committee commendations.
Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Personality
Serbian Jerusalem

“Kosovo and Metohija can develop and move further only within Serbia. We cannot annex something that is already ours, "says Marko Đurić, Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Serbian Government.

Photoreport
Yacht Leader on the Adriatic

Rogoznica is grateful to the port of Frapa for its development and especially the Croatian investors who have returned home from Bavaria.

We were interested…
The End of Soros Era?

The Russian Prosecutor-General's office announced the proscription of activities of the Open Society Institute and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation for endangering Russia’s constitutional order and national security.

Abroad
Obama’s Purge in Ukraine

Ukrainian Coup Caused 2.5 Million Ukrainian Refugees into Russia. Ethnical cleansing decreased the number of electorate of Poroshenko´s regime.

Report
Romania – a threat for Russia

Bucharest negatively affects the fragile regional security balance by inviting foreign troops and inciting tensions in the Black Sea.

No comment
Image of Polish-Russian Relations

Many begin to understand that strong Poland will not exist without strong Europe in which Russia will also be involved.

Opinion Poll
Does Robert Fico have a mandate from voters to push Slovakia into the EU's closer nucleus? Do you agree with his claim that the EU is the only living space for Slovakia?

Legal culture
Religious Freedom in Society

It is currently threatened by extreme and negative forms of secularization and violent fundamentalism, which itself claims to be based on religion.

Poetry
Rudolf Dilong´s Powerlines

He formally shaped and influenced the Slovak Catholic modernism. Even though he never married, he protected his Jewish love of life and unofficial family from deportations.

Survey
Soil is not just the goods (Part II)

The Slovak Government and Parliament must definitely act, adopt and approve fundamental decisions for the protection of soil, territory and state sovereignty.

Reflections
About Conspiracy (Part II)

Although the  Masons were not democrats, they sought to weaken the existing social system that divided society into castes.

The legacy
Patrons of Science, Technology and Crafts (Part IX)

St. Medard and meteorology.

History
Two beheaded

More than a 400-year old mummified head of King Henry IV. Navarre confirmed the authenticity of the blood of his great-great-grandfather and King Louis XVI.

The World of Show Business
A Man of Forty Faces

Louis de Funès was full of energy at work, he was punctual and behaved imperiously. He loved roses.

Culture
They are not afraid of the future of the piano

"A good soloist will hardly grow without chamber music which includes discipline and tolerance of other colleagues," says Marián Lapšanský, General Director of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.

Books and Reviews
Marián Klenko

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Art
Children's Faces

Brigita Töröková and her realistic portraits of young people and children - European, African, Asian, and children from very poor families.

Sport
Sports Jokers

Simon Brodkin, a British comedian, trained with Manchester City, Rémi Gaillard, a joker, again celebrated the French Cup win. Are they intruders or exhibitionists?

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