Negotiations between Turkey’s President Erdogan and Russian President Putin in Sochi have successfully finished. “The talks outcome is the suspension of the military operation. This will ensure the safety of civilians and stop the migration flow from the region. The territorial integrity of Syria and its independence as a sovereign power has also been unconditionally confirmed,” RISS expert Vladimir Fitin said.
Some Kurdish units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) can make a deal with Damascus and may even become a part of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), RISS expert Elena Suponina said. “Moscow is calling for direct talks between the Kurdish administration in northern Syria and the government in Damascus. The United States is ignoring the Kurds, so the talks between the parties will be more substantive,” the political scientist added.
President Donald Trump said that trade talks with China were “going very well”. Even if the parties sign a trade agreement, it will only be a palliative measure, RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov considers. “US-China talks focused on the huge US trade deficit with China. Beijin is going to increase purchases of American goods. The parties were unlikely to discuss the rapid technological breakthrough of China, which threatens the USA with the loss of its dominant positions. China is a growing power that will not allow itself to be slowed down,” he explained.
It is unlikely to expect an escalation of Turkey’s military operation in the North-East of Syria in coming days, RISS expert Georgy Sosnov said. “Ankara expects a reaction from the Americans, Europeans, and Kurds. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the Turkish government is determined to achieve its goals, ” he underscored.
Moldova has received an invitation to attend the summit of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) as an observer. The summit was also attended by the leader of Iran and the Prime Minister of Singapore. The parties agreed to remove administrative barriers and fight bureaucracy. In order to do this, they are planning to use digital technologies. In addition, member states approved the Concept for the formation of the EEU common financial market,” RISS expert Konstantin Tasits said.
An impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump is now the most important issue for the domestic political agenda of the United States, RISS expert Ilya Kravchenko said. “Democrats have sought to impeach Trump since he entered office. An interesting fact is that the impeachment inquiry now focuses specifically on Trump’s call to the Ukrainian president. Ukraine is becoming a bargaining chip in the inter-American political game,” he added.
Euro-Atlantic solidarity is deeply cracked, RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov said. Trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States have failed to yield tangible results. Washington wants to include agricultural products and GMOs in future US-EU trade deal. Europe opposes this idea. At the same time, D.Trump proposed to introduce additional duties on European goods, as France has passed tax on US tech giants. The European Union subsidies to Airbus are also being discussed. European automakers are also under threat: Trump’s decision to put a 25% tariff on every car from the European Union is expected,” RISS expert said.
Ankara hosted trilateral summit on Syria with Russian, Iranian, and Turkish leaders. The summit paid heavy attention to the future state structure of Syria, its territorial integrity, assistance to refugees, and restoration of housing. The presidents agreed to take measures on finally eliminating the terrorist threat in Idlib. “The parties have taken steps forward to resolve all urgent issues. USA failed to quarrel Moscow, Ankara, and Tehran,” RISS expert Georgy Sosnov said.
The trade war between the United States and China will determine crucial aspects of international relations for more than 30 years, RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov believes. He recalled that average duties on Chinese goods had been far lower a few years ago than now (3.1% and 21.5% respectively). At the same time, the global economy is under recession threat. The American President has recognized this fact, saying that the USA has not experienced such a difficult period during the last 57 years.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Russia visit was one of the bright events at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF). “EEF results have satisfied both sides. EEF has become a turning point in Russia-India cooperation,” RISS expert Vyacheslav Usov said.