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Summit G8 – about Golf and Syria

In the Irish Lough Erne chic resort start today the works of the 39th edition of the G8 Summit (Group of the main industrialized countries in the world). On the discussion agenda are the financial situation in the eurozone, the fears that the U.S. economy is recovering more slowly than is desirable, elimination of trade barriers between the United States and the European Union and the crisis in Syria, especially after the U.S. announced they would support the weapons rebel forces.

The situation in Syria will be examined also to the bilateral talks between President Barack Obama and Russian , Vladimir Putin. About the situation in Syria Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken at a meeting (last weekend) with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron. The main conclusion from the discussion at the high level reunion: “We can overcome these differences (ie actions in the conflict) if we recognize that we share common objectives: to end the conflict, to stop dismantling Syria to let Syrian people to decide who leads, fight against extremists and defeat them” said British Prime Minister at the end. Instead, the Kremlin leader again warned that the decision by Western countries to arms Assad regime opponents is dangerous and unconstructive. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave assurances that “Moscow does not violate international rules, delivering weapons to the regime in Damascus, but he would act differently if its Western partners in the G8 will provide arms the rebels in Syria” according to AFP. The oldest leader at G8 is Putin, 60, and the youngest is Cameron, 46.

lough-erne-g8-390x285Leaders which are attending at the meeting will also discuss about the global economy and will exchange views on the foreign affairs and security issues. Discussions will also focus on promoting more transparency in terms of revenues from extractive industries and forestry as well as in the system of governance of land and government information. Food security, transition in North Africa and climate change will also be high on the G8 agenda. The preamble to the meeting, British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to begin discussions on a free trade agreement between the EU and the U.S..

At the start of his speech at the Waterfront Hall, President Obama joked that he hoped to get some golf practice in while attending the G8 summit at the Lough Erne hotel resort which was designed by Nick Faldo. He said he has been talking to Ulster golf star Rory McIlroy about improving his golf skills.

David Cameron was asked about the Guardian G20 spying revelations earlier. He did not have much to say about it. “We never comment on security or intelligence issues and I am not about to start now. I don’t make comments on security or intelligence issues, that would be breaking something that no government has previously done”. Notice that with just one day before the start of the G8 Summit, former employee of the U.S. Lough Erne resortNational Security Agency Edward Snowden revealed by the journalists from The Telegraph that Britain spied all delegates attending the 2009 G20 meeting in London. (The Turkish government has demanded an immediate explanation from the UK government of a British eavesdropping operation targeted at the Turkish delegation to a G20 meeting, saying such that – if confirmed – behaviour towards a Nato ally would be “unacceptable” and “scandalous”.)

Usually, the meeting was preceded by several anti-globalization protests. G8 summits have always drawn large demonstrations, but Fermanagh’s geography will make it hard for protesters. Over two thousand people marched through the streets of Belfast, with banners in their hands and chanting slogans against the G8 Summit. Authorities have mobilized hundreds of policemen in Irish capital city, where the group “Stop G8” announced that it will hold peaceful protests before and during the two days of conducting the meeting. However, around the area of the hotel where the world leaders are accommodated were deployed impressive order forces.

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Europe – Russia Forum – 6th edition, Warsaw/Poland

Polish capital, Warsaw, will host during 31 May – 2 June, 2011, 6th edition of Europe – Russia Forum. The motto of this year’s meeting is “Partnership for Modernization” and this project will be reflected in the plenary session with participation of the Speakers of Parliaments from the European Union and Russia. Participation in the discussion opening the meeting was announced by: Grzegorz Schetyna – Speaker of the Polish Sejm; Norbert Lammert – Speaker of German Bundestag; Bernard Accoyer – Speaker of the National Assembly of the French Republic; Luka Bebic Speaker of the Croatian Parliament; Ene Ergma – Speaker of Estonian Riigikogu. The idea of partnership between the European Union and Russia for the benefit of modernization, initiated by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during the Stockholm Summit EU-Russia in 2009, entails a broad spectrum of joint actions for the benefit of establishing a common space in the area of economics, energy, trade and culture between Europe and Russia.

Held under the Honorary Patronage of Mr Grzegorz Schetyna, Speaker of the Polish Parliament, the 6th Europe-Russia Forum creates a platform for discussion on the current state of cooperation within the Eurasian Continent, in which the modernization programme would be a factor in Russia’s construction of the “Common space between the European Union and Russia.”  At the Forum will meet government officials and political leaders, business executives, local government and NGO activists, leading analysts and academics. Approximately 200 participants from the EU, CIS and USA are expected to attend the Forum. One of important events during the first day of the Forum will be presentation of “Report on Transformation – Russia 2010”, which will consider the most significant trends in the Russian economy, political and social life. The study has been compiled by a group of experts under the guidance of Konstantin Simonov, the President of the Russian Centre for Current Politics and Director General of the National Energy Security Fund.

Location: The Eastern Institute; Forum Agenda:
I.
Presentation of the Report: Russia 2010. Successes, failures and perspectives
II. Plenary sessions:

  • Partnership for modernization
  • XXI century Russia. Expectations and projects

III. Discussion panels:

  • Europe and Russia in the global economy: opportunities and threats
  • EU and Russia – foreign policy directions
  • NATO-EU-Russia relations after the Lisbon summit
  • EU-Russia. New perspectives for partnership and cooperation
  • Investments. Russian reality and European expectations
  • Energy industry. Russian resources and European security
  • Regional cooperation. European experience and Russian needs
  • Third EU energy package: bone of contention in EU – Russian relations. Is it possible to find Ariadne’s thread?

IV. Round table:

  •  European union and Russia: common values

Europe’s energy independence – where?

meetinggov_photo“Sergei Kiriyenko: Mr Putin, a major event is taking place today. The Tvel Corporation, which is part of Rosatom (Nuclear Energy State Corporation), is signing an agreement with the Slovak power utility Slovenske Elektrarne. This was a very important tender for us because this was the last point to be supplied by the American Westinghouse, which had ousted us from Eastern and Central Europe.

This tender was particularly difficult because Slovenske Elektrarne no longer belongs to the Slovak Government but is owned by the Italian energy provider Enel. Therefore, the contest took place in a market environment, without any political influence, and we came ahead of Westinghouse. I am glad to report, Mr Putin, that we have fully recovered the market of Eastern and Central Europe.

The contact covers all units in Slovakia, including those which are under construction now. In figures, this means 0.5 billion Euros by 2015, and then there will be an auction for the contact’s extension to the rest of the service life. This means several billion Euros, and complete return of Eastern Europe’s market.

Vladimir Putin: This last tender you’ve won – how much money will it bring?

Sergei Kiriyenko: Right now, the exact figure is half a billion Euros by 2015. All in all, it will bring us about four billion Euros, if we count the station’s entire service life.

Vladimir Putin: Excellent. My congratulations. “**

No comment.

** – extract from the meeting of the Russian Federation government 18.nov. 2008