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Russia’s ‘balanced’ approach to China, ASEAN has its limits

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Moscow will remain friendly with ASEAN countries up to a point – its “strategic partnership” with Beijing is its clear priority Sergei Blagov Asia Times During recent top-level meetings at the Kremlin, Russia’s authorities have appeared keen, on the face of things, to continue balancing ties with China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). However, Moscow’s “strategic partnership” with Beijing remains the… Following the Kremlin meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and… Russia’s ‘balanced’ approach… Read More »

The Real Ukrainian Solution Is Federalism

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Why is the mere discussion of federalism often equated with treason? Nicolai N. Petro The Nation This week the city council of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, along with the Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes and several other prominent organizations, will sponsor “#ShukhevychFest”—a celebration of the 110th anniversary of the birth of Roman Shukhevych, the last commander of the… By unfortunate coincidence this festival begins on June 30, the very… The Real Ukrainian… Read More »

Macron says France will not recognize Crimea ‘annexation’

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PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron said Monday France refuses to recognize Russia’s “annexation” of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. AFP Arab News Speaking after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Paris, Macron said: “France is committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty with its recognized borders.” Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday visited Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, in a trip that Kiev condemned as a… Macron says France… Read More »

It Took Two to Make Russian Meddling Effective

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A Washington Post report on 2016 election interference raises the question: What could Obama have done differently? Julia Ioffe The Atlantic If there is one thing The Washington Post’s story on the Obama administration’s anemic response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election makes clear, it’s that it took two to make the… There is a reason the tactics Russia used on the American elections—which are similar to things they’ve done in former Soviet republics and… It Took Two… Read More »

Putin Officially Launches Deep-Water Phase Of TurkStream Gas Pipeline

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has inaugurated the deep-water phase of the TurkStream pipeline project that will deliver Russian gas to Turkey and eventually to the… RFE/RL Putin on June 23 called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from a ship off the Black Sea coast near Anapa in southern Russia to launch the… TurkStream is one of several major undersea pipeline projects the Kremlin has pushed in recent years in an… Putin Officially Launches… Read More »

What Shanghai Cooperation Expansion Means

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NATO isn’t the only alliance we need to worry about. Michael Rubin Commentary When it comes to diplomacy and defense, much of the focus on Donald Trump both during the campaign and his first months in office has focused on his approach to NATO, his alleged lack of commitment to that defensive alliance, and what his focus on the… On the diplomatic and political side, there are similar dynamics at play, with regard to the… What Shanghai Cooperation… Read More »

Japan warns Russia not to conduct survey in EEZ without permission

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Tokyo has asked Russia not to conduct marine surveys or resource exploration within Japan’s exclusive economic zone without permission, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday. the japan times Kyodo On the morning of June 5, the Japan Coast Guard spotted a Russian vessel hanging what appeared to be a wire within Japan’s EEZ near the Soya Strait, which lies between Hokkaido and the Russian island of Sakhalin, Kishida told a news conference. The Foreign Ministry told the Russian Embassy in ... Read More »

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 »