Mikhail Khvostov MINSK, 18 January (BelTA) – Multiple vectors lie at the heart of Belarus' policy, which has to continue, BelTA learned from former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Mikhail Khvostov.According to Mikhail Khvostov, the fact that the diplomatic service now has a professional holiday of its own as well as its own heraldic symbols is a reason for pride and an incentive to accomplish more tangible results in the modern world. “We are truly proud of it and are grateful to the Belarus president for making the decision,” said the former minister of foreign affairs.Mikhail Khvostov said: “Diplomacy is all about being part of the time. We cannot live outside time. Time changes situations and the diplomatic service has to adjust, has to keep up with the time. Multiple vectors lie at the heart of our policy, which we should continue. I am happy and proud of our accomplishments in this context. We open doors where we are allowed to do so and we … [Read more...] about Importance of Belarus’ continued multivector foreign policy emphasized
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“IN BRAZIL PAST glory is more frequently associated with diplomacy than with military feats,” notes Rubens Ricupero, a former minister, in his monumental history of his country’s dealings with the world. This legacy is above all the achievement of the Baron of Rio Branco, the foreign minister from 1902 to 1912, who through peaceful negotiation settled the country’s borders with all ten of its neighbours (in some cases expanding its territory). Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. The values Rio Branco espoused—peace, moderation, trust in international law, non-intervention and what would now be called the pursuit of soft power—became integral to Brazil’s idea of itself, Mr Ricupero argues. And Itamaraty, as the foreign ministry is known (from the palace in Rio de Janeiro it formerly occupied), came to be seen as the Rolls-Royce of Brazilian government, its prestige based on meritocracy … [Read more...] about The contradictions of Brazil’s foreign policy
YEREVAN, DECEMBER 25, ARMENPRESS. Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan participated in the reception organized by the foreign ministry on the occasion of the New Year and Christmas holidays. As ARMENPRESS was informed from the official website of the Prime Minister of Armenia, the acting PM congratulated and conveyed warm wishes to the staff of the foreign ministry on the upcoming holidays. “We can say that the foreign policy achievements of our country in 2018 were recorded inside the country, because, in fact, throughout the world a key change in the reputation of Armenia is taking place, and this change that started in May and reached the peak by the December 9 early parliamentary elections create firm basis for us to record serious achievements in foreign policy and diplomacy”, Pashinyan said, adding that this year Armenia recorded 2 key democratic victories, one of which was the non-violent, velvet, popular revolution that took place in April-May and that … [Read more...] about Armenian authorities should pursue legitimacy-based foreign policy – Nikol Pashinyan
Transatlantic relations between the US and the EU are in turmoil amid uncertainty over Brexit and calls for a European army. Is this just temporary tension or a major divide in the making? We spoke to Mathew Burrows, a veteran CIA analyst and former National Intelligence counselor who’s taking part in the EMERTECH 2018 Conference. SS: Trump’s remarks kind of undermining the British Prime Minister, they don’t really fit into this special relationship, true friendship narrative that the UK and the United States have shared for decades and decades. How close and how special has the relationship is the relationship with Trump at the helm of America, really? MB: How special is it with the British? SS: Yeah. MB: I think, first, I’m not sure that the special relationship will be that special after they leave the EU, because for Americans, Britain was the entryway into the European Union, both in an economic sense, but also in the political sense, … [Read more...] about Fear in Washington of a more independent EU foreign policy – ex-CIA analyst
Here's what Russia has in store for the world. Russia stands accused of meddling in Western elections, cosying up to dictatorial regimes in the Middle East and supporting fringe political groups within the European Union. What exactly does Russia have in store for the world in 2019? The Moscow Times asked six experts in Russia's foreign policy to weigh in. Moscow Wants a Veto on U.S. Foreign PolicyRussia’s goals with the United States are incoherent and inarticulate. What’s more, they are not defined in ways that lend themselves to being achieved through traditional diplomacy. Rather, Russia is seeking to dismantle the U.S.-led international order and secure a veto over U.S. actions abroad. The Kremlin’s fear of “crumbling under U.S. pressure” has pushed it into an unyielding, intransigent posture across a range of issues. The “all or nothing, everything is linked” approach hampers Russia’s diplomacy, reducing its … [Read more...] about Foreign Policy Experts Map Russia’s Grand Designs for 2019.