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31.05.2013 Viktor Titov
Even before Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry met in Paris on May 27 to discuss convening an international conference on Syria to be called “Geneva 2,” those opposed to a peace settlement began…
31.05.2013 Sergey Pivin
For a variety of objective and subjective reasons, the multi-vectored relations between Russia and Iran have been breaking down in recent years. Why is that? We have been so carried away by the international sanctions against Iran’s unproven nuclear ambitions…
30.05.2013 Alexander Orlov
Some European countries have responded to Russian criticism of the EU’s decision to lift the embargo on supplying arms to the Syrian opposition by starting to whip up passions over Moscow’s arms sale to Syria’s legitimate government under contracts concluded…
30.05.2013 Viktoria Panfilova
Russian President Vladimir Putin made a quick visit to Central Asia. In Astana, he discussed the future of integration with his Customs Union counterparts — the plans to launch the Eurasian Economic Union in 2015. In Bishkek a day earlier,…
29.05.2013 Alexander Orlov
On May 27, all of the European Union’s foreign ministers gathered in Brussels, where they decided to lift the embargo on supplying weapons to the Syrian opposition. Officially, however, the decision pertains only to individual organizations on the Syrian Opposition…
28.05.2013 Petr Lvov
Recent statements by senior officials of the United States and other countries concerning Syria’s possible use of chemical weapons against opposition fighters have raised a legitimate question -- who do the statements benefit, and why are they being made? US…
27.05.2013 Omar Nessar
Over the 4-5 years that have passed since the United States and NATO announced their decision to withdraw the bulk of their forces from Afghanistan, uncertainty has become a major challenge for the countries in the region. However, although early…
24.05.2013 Stanislav Ivanov
Many Russian scholars and experts believe the Kurdish problem has started acquiring greater importance in the system of regional and international security. The events of the Arab Spring brought destructive forces into play and energized radical Islamist groups. They have…
23.05.2013 Alexander Orlov
A recent statement by Syria’s Information Minister that Qatar is violating all of the UN Security Council’s resolutions on fighting terrorism is being suppressed in the West. The United States and its allies are keeping silent because Doha is providing…
21.05.2013 Vladimir Karyakin
The strategies of indirect action and soft power are currently the most effective means of geopolitical struggle used by the ruling circles of the United States to defeat or weaken their actual and potential opponents on the international stage. China’s…
20.05.2013 Vitaly Bilan
The unsuccessful attempts to overthrow the Assad regime are increasingly moving Israel to center stage, and the footdragging on Syria is significantly hindering a decision on what is perhaps Israel’s key foreign policy issue: Iran. In a late July speech…
17.05.2013 Petr Lvov
On May 15, the UN General Assembly approved Qatar’s initiative for a new anti-Syrian resolution, as it did in August 2012. It addresses actions by the armed forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and expresses support for the coalition of…