During a meeting of the Arctic Council in Fairbanks, Alaska, Sergey Lavrov reassured everyone: "There is no potential for conflict in the Arctic," he said. The day before, however, Moscow had set up the Arctic Forces for the first time on the Red Square, with Tor and Pantsir missile systems in white-gray camouflage.
To convince skeptics that climate change is real one option is to turn to global insurance companies reporting on the actual and projected costs of man-made climate change. The other, even before looking at scientific data, is to see how some islands in the Pacific or cities like Jakarta make plans as they begin to sink into the ocean, how severe floods are now in South America, how much ice already melted away from the world’s supplies of fresh water — like Greenland, how costly are now tornados in Europe and droughts in California — not to speak of the dramatic droughts across Africa, which already displaced millions of people.
On May 29th, during his visit to France, Putin showed his knowledge of history to French President Emmanuel Macron. "The ties between France and Russia have deep historical roots," Putin said. And to reinforce his assertion, he cited Anna of Kiev, the second wife of the king Henri I of France, who reigned for a decade during the 11th Century. For the occasion, the queen was renamed “Russian Anna”.