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A Hidden Opportunity for Russia and Japan

A territorial spat over the Kurils could bring Moscow and Tokyo together.. Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida recently met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov ahead of an upcoming meeting between Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Russian president Vladimir Putin. The main item on the agenda will be working toward resolving the ongoing dispute over the Kuril… Source: A Hidden Opportunity for Russia and Japan | The National Interest Read More »

The Kremlin Is Entrenching Itself

Traditional opposition in Russia, negligibly small and weak, is no longer a target of the Kremlin’s designs. Putin is now dealing with challenges that are invisible to the naked eye… Source: The Kremlin Is Entrenching Itself | Wilson Center Read More »

Global donors pledge more money for nuclear safety on Chernobyl anniversary

Ukraine has commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Global donors have used the occasion to pledge additional funds to help keep the area safe for generations to come. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko placed flowers at a memorial in Kyiv Tuesday honoring the “Heroes of Chernobyl” following the… Source: Global donors pledge more money for nuclear safety on Chernobyl anniversary | News | DW.COM | 26.04.2016 Read More »

Russia’s embattled economy pushes more into poverty

As their economy stalls, more Russians are being pushed into poverty. Over 19 million were living below the poverty line last year, making less than $180 a month. In St. Petersburg, CBC’s Susan Ormiston and Corinne Seminoff met a group of social workers trying to feed and house the homeless. Source: Russia’s embattled economy pushes more into poverty – World – CBC News Read More »

Moscow wins legal battle over $50bn Yukos shareholders′ compensation

The Kremlin has won a major legal victory after a Dutch court overturned a $50bn damages award to former shareholders of Yukos. With almost 20 percent of Russia’s annual budget at stake, shareholders vowed to fight on. Source: Moscow wins legal battle over $50bn Yukos shareholders′ compensation | News | DW.COM | 20.04.2016 Read More »

Are the US and Russia helping or deceiving the Syrians?

After five years of war, expecting the Syrians to give Bashar al-Assad a chance is as reprehensible as it is dangerous.. When American and Russian spokespersons deny the existence of a secret agreement between them over Syria, they’re not necessarily lying – but they are being… Source: Are the US and Russia helping or deceiving the Syrians? – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War

The United States, Russia and China are now aggressively pursuing a new generation of smaller, less destructive nuclear weapons. The buildups threaten to revive a Cold War-era arms race and unsettle the balance of destructive force among nations that has kept the nuclear peace for more… Source: Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War – The New York Times Read More »

Ankara-Moscow Cooperation in Maritime Safety Continues

Turkey and Russia continue their cooperation in the sphere of maritime safety, despite the tensions between the two countries, the commander of Turkish Naval Forces said Wednesday. ANKARA (Sputnik) — Russian-Turkish relations deteriorated following the downing of the… Source: Ankara-Moscow Cooperation in Maritime Safety Continues Read More »

Tehran receives first batch of S-300 air defense systems from Moscow

Iran has received its first delivery of S-300 air defense systems from Russia, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hussein Jaber Ansari said on April 11.. “We announced earlier that this contract, regardless of obstacles in the past, is at the stage of completion and today I announce that the first batch of this equipment has… Source: Tehran receives first batch of S-300 air defense systems from Moscow – MIDEAST Read More »

New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow

In the next two weeks, the NATO-Russia Council is expected to resume its work, German newspaper Die Welt reported.. Thus, the West would have an opportunity to discuss with Moscow the “new rules of the game,” the newspaper wrote, adding that… Source: New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow Read More »

Netherlands rejects EU-Ukraine partnership deal

Voters in the Netherlands have rejected in a referendum an EU partnership deal to remove trade barriers with Ukraine. Turnout was low, 32.2%, but above the 30% threshold for the vote to be valid. The deal was rejected by 61.1% of votes, compared with 38.1% in favour… Source: Netherlands rejects EU-Ukraine partnership deal – BBC News Read More »

Dutch referendum: EU leaders say Ukraine deal will go ahead despite Netherlands ‘no’ vote

EUROPEAN UNION leaders were tonight plotting to override the democratic wishes of the Dutch people and plough ahead with a rejected plan to tighten their grip on Ukraine.. Arrogant Brussels politicians insisted the plot to bring Kiev further into their sphere of influence will go ahead, even though it was last night overwhelmingly rejected by the Dutch… Source: Dutch referendum: EU leaders say Ukraine deal will go ahead despite Netherlands ‘no’ vote | Politics | News | Daily Express Read More »

Statement: Responding to the Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation

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On the Cusp of War The worst combat along the Line of Contact (LoC) around Nagorno-Karabakh since the 1994 ceasefire seems to have subsided with a cessation of hostilities announced on 5 April. If Azerbaijan sustains the territorial gains and tactical advances it says it has made, President Ilham Aliyev would be able to claim a significant change in the… Source: Statement: Responding to the Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation – International Crisis Group Read More »

Inside the abandoned city of Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl – in pictures

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Tens of thousands were evacuated from the neighbouring city of Pripyat following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Lynn Hilton visits the deserted city – and finds homes, schools and a fairground left to decay… Source: Inside the abandoned city of Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl – in pictures | Cities | The Guardian Read More »

What’s Behind the Flare-up in Nagorno-Karabakh?

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has long been regarded as a tinderbox in the heart of the South Caucasus – with serious implications for the wider region including Russia, Turkey and Iran. Each spring, when low-level violence tends to break out, policymakers worry about incidents spiraling out of control due to miscalculation or escalation by leaders in […] Source: What’s Behind the Flare-up in Nagorno-Karabakh? | Crisis Group Read More »

Separatists reject Azeri ceasefire claim on Nagorno-Karabakh

At least 30 dead as Armenian-backed troops and Azerbaijan clash over disputed region. Azerbaijan’s defence ministry has announced a unilateral ceasefire against the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, but the claim was promptly rejected by rebel forces. Fighting in what has been a mostly dormant… Source: Separatists reject Azeri ceasefire claim on Nagorno-Karabakh Read More »