Taking into account the new internal political situation in France, there is a remarkable stir in the political dialogue between Russia and France, Alexander Yakovenko, official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, announced on the eve of French President Jacques Chirac's visit to Russia on July 19th-20th.
In his interview with RIA Novosti the diplomat regarded the talks between the Russian and French foreign ministers, which had taken place on July 8th, as the evidence of both countries' unanimity on key international issues, their desire to promote the "exclusive partnership".
Following Dominique de Villepin's visit to Moscow, a joint statement on setting up a Russo-French Council for Security Cooperation was signed. The aim of the initiative is to provide a closer coordination of the countries' stands and actions in the sphere of international security and strategic stability, the fight against international terrorism and other new threats and challenges, the Russian official underlined.
The US is going to ban exports of Iranian oil to the world market from November 5 of this year. In turn, Iran threatens to block the passage of oil tankers of the Gulf countries through the Strait of Hormuz
The World Cup that is about to finish in Russia has shown that the Western propaganda machine has failed to create the image of Russia as a monster with "many tentacles." By and large, the Russians and the Ukrainians are close to each other