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The recent declaration of autonomy in southern Yemen and Khalifa Haftar's declaring himself the ruler of all Libya once again drew the world’s attention to the phenomenon of separatism. This phenomenon is certainly not new, amply exemplified by events in Scotland, Catalonia, Flanders and South Tyrol. In Europe, the problem is normally discussed and resolved on a legal basis, if not always peacefully. When it comes to Asia and Africa, the chances of legal settlement of such issues are even lower.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 18-05-2020, 11:50
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During the January 8 talks in Istanbul, Turkey and Russia, acting as “mediators,” called on all parties in Libya to "cease hostilities from midnight on Sunday, January 12, 2020, declare a sustainable ceasefire, supported by necessary measures to be taken for stabilizing the situation on the ground and normalizing daily life in Tripoli and other cities, to immediately sit down at the negotiating table in order to put an end to the suffering of the Libyans and return peace and prosperity to the country."
The assassination of General Qassem Soleimani and Iran’s retaliatory strike against US bases in Iraq brought the situation in the region to a head with President Donald Trump initially urging NATO to participate more actively in Mideast affairs and later proposing to expand NATO's membership to include Middle Eastern nations, albeit without specifying any concrete candidates.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 15-01-2020, 13:05
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The first result of the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum was seizure of the disputed territories and even a part of the autonomous district by the Hashd al-Shaabi controlled by Iran and the regular Iraqi army. Incidentally, the bone of contemption of it, the Kirkuk oil-exploration region, was left by the Kurds short of war.

Last week the king of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud visited Moscow. This visit was prepared for about 2 years, and everytime the visit was postponed due to the reasons uncontrolled by the Russian party. The press of Saudi Arabia called the visit a historical one before the negotiations and said that “It will set the record straight In the political, economic and strategic issues related to the Syrian problem, oil market as well as military cooperation of Russia and Saudi Arabia, including the one in the sphere of nuclear energy”. (inosmi.ru) The Russian observers took a more reserved position in their evaluation.