Turkish blackmail: Why Erdogan changed Hagia Sophia's status
Mounting tension between NATO allies Greece and Turkey stems from unsolved economic and humanitarian problems. According to RISS expert Georgy Sosnov, "even in the worst case scenario, conflict will not grow into full-blown war; neither the EU nor NATO wants to aggravate the confrontation."
Extending arms embargo against Iran means death of nuclear deal
The US considers it necessary to extend the arms embargo agains Iran; Tehran has already made it clear that this means the death of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), RISS expert Marianna Bakonina says. "In an attempt to push through the resolution, Washington have converted this situation into a kind of circus performance. But the resolution is opposed not only by America's opponents, but even by its allies," she added.
National security law to be beneficial for Hong Kong
Despite the fact that the USA opposed the introduction of the China's national security law, it has a positive impact on Hong Kong's economy, RISS expert Mikhail Belyaev says. "After the entry into force of this law, shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange soared by 2.27%. This is a very high indicator," he added.
Counter-narcotics requires joint action
Drug-related problem is prevalent
Why US invents Russia-Taliban collusion fake news
Russia-Taliban bounty scandal over information about Moscow’s collusion with the Taliban shows the political struggle in the USA, RISS expert Anna Glazova says. "The most ridiculous fake news is invented and actively spread among the American society. Such fake news may affect the further steps taken by the White House in the foreign policy arena," she outlined.
What lies behind accusations against so-called Kosovo's president?
It appears that the political career of so-called Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci is drawing to a close. The Hague-based Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) has filed a ten-count indictment with the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) charging Thaci, Kosovo politician Kadri Veseli, and others with a "range of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, enforced disappearance of persons, persecution, and torture", RISS expert Igor Pshenichnikov says.
Radical left-wing ideas taking root in the US
Huge riots against racism held across the USA may lead to the spread of radical left-wing ideas not only among protesters, but also among politicians, RISS expert Ilya Kravchenko says. "Despite the fact that the Democratic Party is seeking to use these rallies to its advantage and gain support from the left-wing electorate, it cannot fully control the protest movement. Protesters in Seattle have occupied the city hall and declared autonomy," he outlined. Kravchenko suggested that the Democratic Party had decided to win back its losses in 2016. The Democrats then abandoned their support for B.Sanders. But now they decided to act differently and claimed that it was necessary to take into account the left-wing ideas.
Trump-Duda meeting as vote-winning ploy
Polish President Duda became the first foreign leader to visit the White House since the coronavirus pandemic began. Trump-Duda meeting was an attempt to gain a pre-election windfall; this is a mutually beneficial cooperation for both Polish and American leaders, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya says.
USA reaches record-breaking national debt
The USA is currently striving to cope with a complicated economic situation that has been caused by the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment, GDP decline, as well as foreign markets difficulties, RISS expert Pavel Zakharov says.
New NATO strategy to focus on countering China, Russia
Alliance is seeking to spread its influence in the Asia-Pacific region