China and Russia blur lines on “division of labour” in exerting influence over Central Asia

China’s growing influence over Central Asian economics, politics and security at the expense of Russia—a topic that is revisited repeatedly given its essential strategic import—continues to grab the attention of the region’s geopolitical observers. One of the most recent iterations of this focus came in the form of a report by a Washington-based think tank, the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute

19.06.2020
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Russia’s stance on Israel’s annexation move

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the country’s parliament on May 17 that the time had come to extend national sovereignty to the Palestinian territories in the Jordan Valley, the historical place from where the Jewish people had emerged. Russia is calling on Israel to prevent regional tensions from escalating, Izvestia wrote.

19.05.2020
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Expert: the situation in Libya – “in limbo”

Moscow is surprised by the statements of the head of the Libyan national army (LNA) Khalifa the Haftarot on the transition of power in Libya, and insists that a military solution to the conflict, reports RIA Novosti citing a source in the Russian foreign Ministry.

29.04.2020
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Turkey will not launch major operation against militants in Idlib — analyst

Local clashes between Turkish forces and militants in Syria’s Idlib province are possible, but a full-scale military operation is not in Ankara’s interests, the head of the Near and Middle East Center at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Vladimir Fitin, told TASS in the wake of Turkey’s air strike against the positions of the terrorist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (one of the names of Jabhat al-Nusra outlawed Russia).

28.04.2020
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Mass protests resume in Lebanon despite lockdown

People in Lebanon began to take to the streets amid the coronavirus pandemic despite the lockdown restrictions, which have been in effect for almost a month, Izvestia writes. Activists oppose corruption and the government’s inability to cope with the protracted economic crisis, the worst since the civil war when the country was in ruins. According to the World Bank’s data, over 45% of people in Lebanon live below the poverty line, while last September that figure stood at 33%.

23.04.2020
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US can tighten pressure on Iran after November election, says expert

Washington and Tehran are not interested in escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf amid the coronavirus pandemic, however, the United States can ramp up pressure on Iran following the November presidential election, head of the Center for the Near and Middle East at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Vladimir Fitin told TASS on Monday.

21.04.2020
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China Remains Stability Factor on Global Oil Market

The OPEC+ deal has provoked mixed reactions among oil market players. In Asia, oil prices rose in morning trading on 13 April after a new phased mechanism to reduce oil production was approved a day earlier by 23 oil-producing countries.

15.04.2020
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