Red Line: Geneva-II, Moscow-Beijing-Washington & Leonarda Dubrani

Every week Voice of Russia hosts a discussion about the global events as they are seen from Moscow.

In this edition:

1) Geneva-II: to talk or not to talk

The joint US-Russian plan of holding international conference, aimed at resolving Syrian conflict has met stiff opposition from warring sides. As the date of the forum, penciled for the end of November, nears, neither opposition, nor President Assad show enough resolve to find the solution and achieve national reconciliation.

2) India in a new triangle: Moscow-Beijing-Washington

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has paid an official visit to Moscow to hold talks with President Putin on his way to China. The visit which came on the heels of Indian leader’s recent trip to the US proved that Russia’s relations with the rising Asian giant are increasingly shaping up global politics.

3) Leonarda Dubrani: a Roma girl who is rocking Europe

Leonarda Dibrani, a 15 years old Roma girl who was expelled from France along with her parents and five siblings earlier this month after they lost their battle for asylum, has become an international celebrity this week. French President Francois Hollande appeared on national TV inviting Leonarda, who was removed from her school bus to be deported, return to France to continue her studies. However, he warned that her family will not be allowed to follow her.

We are talking this issues with our experts: Fyodor Lukyanov, Head of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy and Editor-in-Chief of the Russia in Global Affairs magazine, Vladimir Mikheev, independent political analyst, in interview to the Voice of Russia said he belives this should be viewed in a wider context, because this is the issue not of just immigration, this is the issue of national identity.

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