By Nigar Orujova
The third volume of “Formula of Power… and 65 more interviews” book by First Deputy Director General of Russian TASS news agency and well-known journalist, Mikhail Gusman has been presented in a ceremony at the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Participants in the presentation ceremony included Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Leyla Aliyeva, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, aide to the Russian President, Vice-President of the Olympic Committee, Igor Levitin, Moscow State Institute of International Relations rector, Anatoly Torkunov, TASS Director General, Sergei Mikhaylov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia, Polad Bulbuloglu, as well as other ambassadors, politicians and parliamentarians.
The volume also features an interview with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. In the introduction to the interview, the author writes that Azerbaijan is the first democratic country in the East to have set up a parliament and given women the right to vote.
Lavrov hailed the “Formula of Power” project, saying it helps to exhibit Russia`s “true position and its equal cooperation with all countries.”
Mikhaylov stressed the importance of the project for the agency. “Formula of Power opens up every kind of offices on earth be it oval, square, cube or other form for TASS so that it gets news and remain first in news delivering.”
MGIMO rector Torkunov, US Ambassador John Tefft and German Ambassador Ruediger Freiherr von Fritsch also made speeches at the event.
“There are not many established leaders in the 21st century yet. However, each of them has a big or a little country, and his unique people that back them. What is the most important for me is that all of them expressed respect and fascinations for Russia. They expressed positive and warm comments for our country. Obviously this is the most important conclusion of our work,” Gusman said.
The third volume of “Formula of Power” book includes 65 interviews with world leaders made by Gusman between 2010-2014, including interviews with President Ilham Aliyev, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and Margrethe II of Denmark.
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