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Russia seeks to discredit UK with special meeting of UN security council

Thursday, April 5, 2018

An emboldened Russia will on Thursday attempt to discredit Britain’s international reputation at the UN after a series of blunders by Boris Johnson and the Foreign Office led to accusations that the UK had overstated its case that Russia was responsible for the nerve agent attack on the former spy Sergei Skripal. Although the carefully crafted international alliance in support of the UK has held together despite Russian pressure, ministers…

Iran, Russia, Turkey issue joint statement on Syria settlement

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gathered in Ankara on 4 April 2018 for a tripartite meeting. Following the summit, the three sides issued a joint statement, stressing that “that the Astana format had been the only effective international initiative that had helped reduce violence across Syria”. They further reaffirmed…

VII Conference on International Security starts in Moscow

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

According to the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, a regular Conference on International Security is held in Moscow on 4-5 of April 2018. This year the Conference is focused on the defeat of terrorists in Syria. The Russian side  shares its experience on combating ISIL and provides estimates on further development of the situation in the Middle East, including post-conflict rehabilitation. Security issues facing Europe, Asia, Africa and…

Turkey’s Erdogan says missile deal with Russia is final

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that his country’s plan to purchase Russia’s long-range missile defense system is a “done deal,” brushing aside concerns from some NATO allies. Erdogan appeared at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in Ankara for his first foreign visit since his March 18 re-election. Both the defense system agreement and Putin’s visit underscore the intensifying ties between Turkey and…

McMaster: ‘We have failed to impose sufficient costs’ on Russia

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

In his last public remarks as national security adviser, Lt. Gen. HR McMaster offered harsh words for Russia Tuesday during a speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC. “We have failed to impose sufficient costs” on Russia, McMaster said at the event, which also included a Q&A with the Presidents of Estonia and Latvia, as well as the Foreign Minister of Lithuania. He added that the failure to impose…

Media: Summit on Donbas peacekeepers to be held without Russia

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Ukraine, Germany and France will hold a summit devoted to the matter of deploying peacekeepers in the Donbas, the newspaper Kommersant reports, citing sources in Ukraine’s presidential administration. Russia has not been invited to the summit. The event will be modeled after the Normandy Format, and will involve the heads of state. However, Vladimir Putin will not participate in the event. The meeting of the leaders of Germany, France and…

Marshall Plan at 70: How did the US revive Europe after the Second World War and did it achieve its aims?

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

US President Harry Truman signed off on the Marshall Plan exactly 70 years ago today. His signature saw America’s bold strategy for the economic rejuvenation of Europe after the Second World War enacted two months later, a steady programme of investment to rehabilitate 17 nations brought low by the conflict. Masterminded by Secretary of State George C Marshall, who had served as the US Army’s Chief of Staff during the war,…

Turkey, Russia deepen ties amid troubled relations with West

Monday, April 2, 2018

Ties between Russia and Turkey are growing closer than ever, as Russia runs into widespread diplomatic fallout from the poisoned spy scandal and Turkey’s relations with its Western allies worsens over human rights issues and its military operations against Kurdish militia in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin heads back to Turkey on Tuesday, joining Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony for a Russian-made nuclear power plant…

US air defense brigade back in Europe

Monday, April 2, 2018

A U.S.-based air defense artillery brigade has formally begun its mission in Germany, marking the first deployment of such a unit to Europe since the post-Cold War drawdown. The arrival of the National Guard’s South Carolina-based 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, billed as the only integrated fires brigade in the Army, is part of a broader effort to bolster one of the military’s lingering capability gaps in Europe. “Back in…

Pope’s Easter message calls for peace, beginning with Syria

Monday, April 2, 2018

On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis in his Easter Sunday message called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict, “beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria,” and extending to the entire Middle East, the Korean peninsula and parts of Africa affected by “hunger, endemic conflicts and terrorism.” Francis reflected on the power of Christianity’s core belief — that Jesus rose from the dead following…