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Russia Experts See Thinning Ranks’ Effect on U.S. Policy Print E-mail

MARCH 6, 2014 WASHINGTON New York Times — “I have to do a TV broadcast now, can I call you back in maybe an hour?” Angela Stent, the director of the Russian studies department at Georgetown University, said when she picked up the phone. An hour later she apologized again. “I’m afraid I’ll have to call you back.”

For Ms. Stent and other professional Russia watchers, the phone has been ringing off the hook since Ukraine became a geopolitical focal point. “It’s kind of a reunion,” she said. “Everyone comes out of the woodwork.”


But while the control of Crimea by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has brought America’s Russia experts in from the cold, the news media spotlight has also showed important shifts in how American academics and policy makers think about Russia, not to mention the quality and quantity of the people doing the thinking. Among those experts, there is a belief that a dearth of talent in the field and ineffectual management from the White House have combined to create an unsophisticated and cartoonish view of a former superpower, and potential threat, that refuses to be relegated to the ash heap of history.

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New Zealand puts FTA with Russia on hold over Ukraine crisis Print E-mail

March 03, 2014 Source: ONE News New Zealand has put a free trade deal with Russia on hold over its deployment of troops to Ukraine.

Prime Minister John Key has told Trade Minister Tim Groser to leave Moscow tonight, saying Russia has infringed the sovereignty of Ukraine and that is unacceptable.

Following Russia's capture of the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine says it is "on the brink of disaster" and has put its military on high alert.

The Government has been negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus for the last three years and Mr Groser has reported making good progress on it in Moscow over the last few days, Mr Key says.

"Obviously in light of the developments in the Ukraine over the last few days, I can't rule out that there may be some impact on the timetable for concluding the FTA," he says.

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«Soyuzmoloko» proposes to the New Zealanders that they develop Russian agriculture Print E-mail

The National Union of Milk Producers has come up with an initiative in exchange for the establishment of a free trade zone.
Vedomosti.ru 28.02.2014, The National Union of Milk Producers (Soyuzmoloko) has proposed that New Zealand invest in Russian dairy production in exchange for the creation of a free trade zone. A Statement from Soyuzmoloko distributed on Friday talks about this.
On Friday the prospects for the creation of a free trade zone with New Zealand were discussed at a meeting of the Russian Minister of Agriculture, Nikolai Fyodorov, with the New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser, the New Zealand Ambassador to Russia, Hamish Cooper, and the Chair of the Board of Fonterra, Theo Spirings.

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New Zealand MPs support Russia's gay community Print E-mail

02 February 2014 - Parliament has unanimously passed a motion expressing support for the gay community in Russia.

Green MP Jan Logie moved the motion in Parliament on Thursday afternoon.

Ms Logie says the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February gives New Zealand MPs the opportunity to send a message to the Russian government about what she describes as its attacks on the rights of its gay citizens.

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Who are NZ's best chances in Sochi and why? Print E-mail

February 02, 2014 - Pundits are saying this year's Winter Olympics, which start in Sochi this week, are New Zealand's best chance at a medal since 1992. Fairfax Media profiles the top Kiwi hopes in Russia. Ever since New Zealand's paltry effort at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, there has been a rallying cry around the NZOC: "we must do better on snow". Being there simply wasn't good enough. If we were going to compete at the Winter Olympics, we might as well be sending people with a legit shot of doing something special.

You change your mindset on something - and often the seas do part. Roll on 2014, and New Zealand's winter athletes boast some special once-in-a-generation talents. Wanaka's freeski family, the Wells boys (Jossi, Byron and Beau-James), will get plenty of attention, but New Zealand also has four women competing in the 24-person field snowboard slopestyle event - its first appearance at the Winter Olympics.

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Manawatu speed skater makes Olympic squad Print E-mail

14 jan 2014 - www.stuff.co.nz - Palmerston North speed skater Shane Dobbin is the first athlete to be picked in New Zealand's Winter Olympics team.
Dobbin's selection for the games in Sochi, Russia, next month was announced today by the New Zealand Olympic Committee and Ice Speed Skating New Zealand.
Dobbin, who represented New Zealand at the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver 2010 in the 5000m, has been selected to compete in both the 5000m and 10,000m long track events in 2014.
NZOC chief executive Kereyn Smith said the 34-year-old Kiwi would be a great asset to the New Zealand team.

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Russian ship stuck in Antarctica arrives in New Zealand Print E-mail

14 Jan 2014 - The Russian ship stuck in Antarctic ice for two weeks has sailed into Bluff harbour.
The Akademik Shokalskiy, which became stranded in heavy ice in the Antarctic on Christmas Eve, arrived at the Southland port on this morning.
The icebreaker was freed on January 7, exactly two weeks after it became stuck with 52 passengers on board.
Those passengers, which included scientists, tourists and journalists, were rescued by helicopter after being stranded for more than a week.
Six New Zealanders were on board.

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Russia - New Zealand Video

To see the video of Stuart Prior talking to New Zealand TV, Nov 2010, about Russia - New Zealand Free Trade Agreement please go to http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/former-ambassador-russian-free-trade-5-41-video-3896384

Russia - New Zealand Quotes

That was the big effect Lord of the Rings had on me. It was discovering New Zealand. Even more precious were the people - not at all like the Australians. Ian Mckellen
На меня оказал большой эффект Властелин Колец; само открытие Новой Зеландии, и самое ценное - новозеландцев, совсем не похожих на австралийцев. Иан Маккеллен

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Russia - New Zealand History

Russian knowledge of New Zealand and the Maori dates from the late seventeenth century. New Zealand was the first region of Polynesia of which the Russians had authoritative data, all collected from the Dutch. The Dutch material was complemented in the later eighteenth century by primary accounts of Captain James Cook's several visits to that country and his lengthy stays within Queen Charlotte Sound.
In 1808 and 1814, the first Russian encounters with the Maori took place at Cape Town and Sydney. Though the officers of the Diana and Suvorov found the Maoris from the Bay of Islands (Matara, Ruatara, Hongi Hika, and others) intellectually quick and very friendly, they could not think of them other than as recent and potential cannibals.
The reports of Cook and his associates, published in German, French, and Russian, reinforced this association. Nonetheless, a Russian expedition led by Captain F.F. Bellingshausen paid a visit to Queen Charlotte Sound in 1820, using Cook's charts and accounts. It proved to be most important from the standpoint of ethnology, and was useful for the visitors as well, who were amply supplied with food. Glynn Barratt, Russia and the South Pacific, 1696-1840, Volume 2, University of British Columbia Press, 1988

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