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The Balkan Region is becoming attractive for a wide spectrum of foreign players – from Beijing to Washington, and from Brussels to Riyadh. Also, it presents considerable interest for Ankara. For Turkey, the Balkan Region Регион is important historically, culturally, politically and economically, playing the role of a “bridge” into Europe. In addition, the Turkic-Islamic foreign policy paradigm stimulates Ankara into action: nearly 17 million or more than one third of the population of Turkey are Muslims, while Recep Tayyip Erdogan is positioning himself as the main “advocate” of Islamic world.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 30-06-2020, 10:31
  • Views: 138
The leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), Yaroslav Kaczynski, who is widely known in his country as “Poland’s most influential person”, has said he expects Russia to pay reparation for wartime damage. The interview, published by the German newspaper Bild, has triggered a natural outcry in Russia. Having forgotten about the 600 thousand Soviet soldiers, who lost their lives in the struggle against the Nazis, Kaczynski interprets those events in a strange way, as "the destruction of the Polish economy" in 1939-1945. This interview yet again makes one draw the sad but fair conclusions regarding the nature of the regime that took hold in Poland after 1989.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 5-02-2020, 12:11
  • Views: 517
The recent talks between President Vladimir Putin of Russia and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan focused on the commissioning of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline – a major infrastructure project of today: the pipeline is 930 km long, with a capacity of 31,5 bln м3 yearly. According to Gazprom, the Turkish Stream gas is already being pumped to some countries of the European Union, and next on the waiting list are Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia and Hungary.
The US sanctions against European companies that are laying pipes of the Baltic gas pipeline Nord Stream- 2 are contrary to any logic, either legal or political. Nevertheless, what this situation speaks of is that the United States continues to pursue the policy of sanctions and pressure against any opponents and even allies - a policy that is de facto opposed by major "public opinion proponents" in Germany.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has met with heads of diplomatic missions of Arab countries and representatives of the League of Arab States (LAS). The participants in the meeting, which took place in Moscow on December 16th, focused on the situation in the world’s hottest spots, in particular, in Libya. Had the meeting taken place a month ago, Libya would likely have received no more than a mention. Now, it is in the spotlight of most of the world community.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 24-12-2019, 11:37
  • Views: 470
Presidents of the United States and Turkey Donald Trump and Recep Erdogan met for bilateral talks in Washington on November 13th . In the course of what Donald Trump described as “lengthy and productive” negotiations and during a series of one-on-one and enlarged meetings, the Turkish leader announced his country’s  determination to start a new chapter in relations with the United States, which has long been Turkey’s close partner, he said. In turn, President Trump made it clear that he is a genuine supporter of the Turkish leader, who does so many good things for his country and for his people.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 21-11-2019, 17:13
  • Views: 347
Soon after the adoption of the Russian-Turkish Memorandum on Syria, President Trump, known for his "consistency" in decision-making, made it clear that he had no intention of withdrawing US troops, which had already been moved to Iraq, from the east of Syria. The reason for the US forces to stay on is the need to protect the local oil reserves against the “Islamic State” (which is prohibited in the Russian Federation). The American president even reflected on which company should be contracted to produce Syrian oil, eventually opting for ExxonMobil (who else!).​
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 8-11-2019, 10:51
  • Views: 581
UNAIDS, an association of UN agencies designed to mount a  well- coordinated global struggle against the spread of HIV and AIDS and their consequences, was founded on July 26, 1994. For 25 years, UNAIDS has been providing assistance in building up support for large-scale operations to stop the spread of  HIV / AIDS, consolidating efforts of various sectors and partners from government agencies and civil groups alike in combating the epidemic. In addition, it has set itself the task of eradicating AIDS by 2030.
The recent decision by the European Council to nominate Ursula von der Leyen of Germany for the post of European Commission Chairperson and Christine Lagarde of France for President of the European Central Bank has caused many eyebrows to raise. Nevertheless, since this “feminist” set of candidates will surely receive the approval of the European Parliament, it’s these people that Russia will have to deal with. (Nominees for the posts of European policy chief  and president of European Council - Josep Borrell of Spain, and Charles Micheln of Belgium – became less of a surprise: their victory in the European Parliament is a sure thing too.)
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 8-07-2019, 10:24
  • Views: 522
The recent decision by an EU summit to postpone until October the solution on welcoming in Albania and Northern Macedonia as new members marks yet another setback for the European Union, which testifies to lack of unity among its members. Both Albania and Northern Macedonia have done all they could in the past few years to prove their loyalty to NATO and the West with a view to secure early admission to the European Union. Albania has joined NATO and supports Kosovo separatists, while the former Yugoslav regional capital Skopje chose to change the name of its country from Macedonia to Northern Macedonia, despite the unconvincing results of the de facto failed referendum on this issue in February this year.