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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

The first European to find NZ was a Dutch who was looking for smthing else. It takes its name from a province of Holland to which it does not bear the remotest likeness, and is usually regarded as the antipodes of England, but is not. Taken possession of by an English navigator, whose action was reversed by his country's rulers, it was only annexed by the English Government which did not want it, to keep it from the French who didW.P.Reeves, 1898

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Lieut. -Colonel H. C. Barclay, M.D., of Timaru, writing to the Christchurch Sun, says: — Arriving in Petrograd, after a tedious 22 days journey from Japan, I was anxious to waste no time, but to get to the front. At that time no reverses had be fallen the English or French troops, and the idea of my commission leading to an appointment in England among the army that was to be recruited had not occurred to me, and so I promptly offered myself as an army surgeon to the Russians, and was accepted as an operating surgeon, though of the language I knew nothing. Still, if they were game to take me, I was game to go. During the ten days of waiting I had some interesting, if not exciting, personal expediences. I had the honor of being, presented to the Empress - that is, the Dowager Empress, the mother of the present Tsar. It was at one of the summer palaces on the island of the Neva, on the borders of Petrograd. After some formal introduction to a baroness and one of the Princesses, the Empress came in. She was attired in black with a plain white collar and a pearl necklace, her hair dressed in ordinary English fashion. There was no difficulty in seeing at once the likeness to Queen Alexandra, whose sister she is, but she was not as tall, nor as impressive in appearanpe as I understand the late Queen of England to be. She was exceedingly gracious in manner and in speech, and spoke English like an English lady would. Among other things, she expressed her pleasure at seeing an Englishman with her troops, and when she spoke of  the Anglo-Russian alliance, the emotion behind the words was plainly visible to me. A TALISMAN. When I said  that while with her countrymen I hoped to do my duty faithfully and well she slipped a little present into my hand, saying, -"Keep this for my sake, and may it protect you." Then her Majesty looked me very straight in the face and paused - her eyes were moist “Thank God for the English alliance," – she said and raising her hand to my lips I kissed it, bowed, and she passed out. It needed no keen observer to be aware of the feeling at the back of words in themselves so simple. Needless, to say, the little gift was of the nature of an amulet, a religious token to be worn round the neck. Of her interest in my reasons for being in Russia at the time, and of her questions about New Zealand and Australia I need not write. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLI, Issue 13570, 23 December 1914, Page 2

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