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Russia sanctions talks leave Iran bill hanging in the balance

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Ongoing Senate talks on a bipartisan Russia sanctions proposal are testing the ability of powerful GOP chairmen to work together on a package that can avoid imperiling passage of the Iran sanctions bill it could hitch a ride to. Elana Schor Politico Leaders in both parties say they want to vote on a plan to punish Russia as an amendment to the Iran sanctions bill that senators voted to move ahead with on Wednesday. Senate Minority Leader Chuck… Russia sanctions ... Read More »

Why Venezuela Proves That Russia Is Still a World Power

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Russia has acquired in Venezuela, as it has in Syria, a need to preserve the current regime in order to safeguard its investments. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest One of the problems with continuing to box Russia into the European policy box is that Moscow, while not wielding all the resources of the former Soviet Union, can still wield influence in a… This myopia continually ignores the… Why Venezuela Proves… Read More »

Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering War Clouds

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Armenia and Azerbaijan are once again on collision course along increasingly active front lines in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. ICG Mediators Russia, France and the U.S., should pressure Yerevan and Baku to tone down inflammatory rhetoric, agree to talks and take steps towards… Executive Summary A year after Nagorno-Karabakh’s April 2016 violent flare-up, Armenia and… Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering… Read More »

New motto of Ukraine: ‘No coal, no power – no problem’

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The power outages Kiev feared due its blockade of Donbass coal failed to materialize — because the blockade also unexpectedly set back Ukraine’s industrial production, writes Marko Marjanovic in… DONi News Agency No coal, no power – no problem. This could be the new motto of new… Months ago Ukraine declared an end to coal imports from Donbass utterly gutting its… New motto of… Read More »

Russia Has One Super ‘Cannon’ That Can Kill Cities

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Russia maintains just one active battalion of eight 2S4s in service, with over four hundred in reserve. Sebastien Roblin The National Interest In 2000, Tyulpans played a prominent role in the siege of Grozny in the second Chechen war, systematically “leveling” the city from afar according to one analyst. 127 targets were reported destroyed by Daredevil laser-guided rounds. All together the Russian army claims to have… Russia Has One… Read More »

CoE Lefkosia Summit: Cyprus and Russia at Centre Stage of European Politics

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On the 19th of May, the Republic of Cyprus successfully completed its six-month term at the helm of the Committee of Foreign Ministers of the Council of Europe. ISF Foreign Ministers, Deputy Foreign Ministers and Permanent Representatives from the rest 46 member states plus observers from the USA, Canada, The Holy See, Mexico, Japan and Israel flocked to the Cypriot capital to pay their respect to the island republic and hand over the chairmanship of the Committee to the Czechs. ... Read More »

Crimea – Cyprus Self-Determination: Universal Principle for Universal Implementation

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Around ninety per cent of the inhabitants of Crimea are Russian-speaking, Russian-cultured and Russian-educated, and it would be strange if they did not vote for accession to a country that welcomes their kinship, empathy and loyalty. Dr. Yiorghos Leventis ISF Moreover, in the March 2014 referendum on self-determination there was not “a single case of bloodshed in the run-up to the plebiscite, the free vote as to whether the population wished to accede to Russia or support the “status of ... Read More »

Russia, Saudi Arabia call to extend oil output deal

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The world’s biggest oil producers Russia and Saudi Arabia on Monday called for the extension of an output reduction deal ahead of an OPEC meeting later this month. Daily Sabah with wires “To underscore the determination of oil producers to ensure market stability, predictability and sustainable development, the joint actions of participating producers should be… The statement added that Russian… Russia, Saudi Arabia… Read More »

Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russia, in Break With Ally, Officials Say

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WASHINGTON — President Trump boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information and the manner in which it was collected, a current and a… MATTHEW ROSENBERG and ERIC SCHMITT The New York Times The intelligence disclosed by Mr. Trump in a meeting with Sergey V… A Middle Eastern… Trump Revealed Highly… Read More »

Election Hacking: A False Russian Flag in France?

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It isn’t difficult to compile a list of countries whose interests would be served by stoking tensions between Russia and the West. George Beebe The National Interest In the murky world of cyber operations, where there is smoke, there are often mirrors. And in the reports about alleged Russian hacking in the recent French presidential elections, there seems to be an… Election Hacking: A… Read More »

Lavrov in Washington: Can America and Russia Work Together?

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The U.S.-Russia relationship is starved for normalcy. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov picked an inauspicious time to visit Washington. Starting with the increasingly crass and distasteful assertions by American comics that President Donald Trump is beholden to Russian president Vladimir… Lavrov in Washington… Read More »

Three Russian warships enter Latvia’s exclusive economic zone

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RIGA – Three Russian warships had entered Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea on Sunday, the Latvian National Armed Forces said on Twitter. BNS/TBT Staff The Baltic Times Three Russian corvettes – the Liven 551, the Serpukhov 603 and the Morshansk 824 – were detected in the Latvian exclusive economic zone four nautical miles away from the… According to Fontanka.ru, a website of Russia’s St.Petersburg, some of the Russian naval ships that… Three Russian warships… Read More »

Will the South China Sea Become the New Crimea?

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Xi Jinping has successfully avoided maritime overreach—but that might be about to change. Nicholas Lyall The National Interest The burgeoning friendship between President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin in recent times reflects the similarities in their personal leadership styles. Both regimes are defined by an… Will the South… Read More »

Finland Seeks Continued U.S.-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic

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Could Russia’s defenisve measures and other geopolitical tensions negatively impact the Arctic Council’s cooperative efforts? Kenneth Yalowitz, Stacy Closson The National Interest Finland will assume the chairmanship next month of the eight-member Arctic Council at a time of heightened geopolitical… The council, which includes the United States, four… Finland Seeks Continued… Read More »

After Its Nuclear Attack, the UK Would be ‘Wiped Off the Face of the Earth’

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British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon recently confirmed that his Prime Minister Theresa May is prepared to use nuclear weapons in a… Sputnik Commenting on the remark, Russian parliamentarian Frants Klintsevich warned of the devastating consequences of such an… On Monday, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed that his… After Its Nuclear… Read More »

A tale of two Slavic strongmen

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For all their differences, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko are cut from the same… VIJAI MAHESHWARI Politico KIEV, Ukarine — On the surface, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko have every reason to be bosom… Both are strongmen of the Russian-speaking world, their… A tale of… Read More »