The US president has introduced additional duties on Chinese goods worth $200 billion, but Beijing will not yield to Washington’s provocations, RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov said. “Until now, China have taken a hardline stance on trade. It must have taken into account the Japanese sad experience,” he suggested.
NATO is trying to create an enemy image in the face of Russia to prolong its own existence, RISS expert Sergey Ermakov considers. “NATO‘s development is clearly in line with the foreign policy of the USA, which seeks to become a global leader,” he commented on Stoltenberg’s visit to Washington.
The reason for the US refusal to certify a new Russian aircraft, created within Open Skies Treaty, is that Washington is now carrying out its military policy solely from a position of strength. “The USA isn‘t satisfied with the agreements that emerged after the end of the Cold War,” RISS expert Sergey Ermakov said.
Sanctions war between the United States and Turkey will continue at different levels, said RISS expert Georgy Sosnov. Commenting on Russian Foreign Minister S.Lavrov‘s visit in Ankara, he noted that when S.Lavrov appreciated Turkey‘s refusal to join anti-Russian sanctions and touched upon the issue of the US sanctions against Turkey, the audience applauded. “Turkish Foreign Minister M.Cavusoglu reassured that America’s unipolar world has passed and Washington should realize this. Such an extreme step as the anti-Turkish sanctions will mean very serious losses for the United States,” he said.
The new sanctions imposed by the US State Department, which is under the President, should dispel the illusions of Russian society that D.Trump is positive about Russia, RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov pointed out. “It is also notable that sanctions were imposed after the US-Russia summit in Helsinki. They confirm Nikki Haley‘s statement, the US Representative to the UN, who said that Russia would never be America’s friend,” he added.
The Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea adopted by the leaders of the Caspian States has solved the main issues that worried the regional states, RISS expert Azhdar Kurtov pointed out. “For example, the delimitation of the Caspian Sea bottom was a serious problem in the 90-s. In 1998, the thesis statement was “We divide the sea bottom, and the water remains as a public resource.” But not everyone agreed with this thesis,” he said. However, the idea of the Caspian Sea dividing has become gradually more prevalent. At the same time, the water will remain as a public resource. “Now this statement has formed the basis of the signed Convention,” he said.
Washington has actually declared a “lawfare“ to Moscow by its statement on a new package of anti-Russian sanctions because of the alleged use of chemical weapons by Russia, RISS expert Anna Glazova pointed out. This term is not yet known in Russian, but it is widespread in English. “This is one of the methods of asymmetric warfare. The goal is to use national and international law to your own advantage. This can be much more dangerous because of document forgery”, she said.
“Washington’s imposition of sanctions against Iran has become a kind of test of the EU’s readiness to remain a US vassal and to perceive it as the ruler of the world,” RISS expert Vladimir Fitin said. “It is unclear how the EU‘s response to anti-Iran sanctions will be consistent with the real policy and whether European companies will feel protection and be able to resist the pressure of the global hegemon,” he also noted.
The current operation of the Syrian army to liberate the provinces of Deraa, Quneitra, and Essaouira leaves Idlib only still existing in Syria terrorist enclave, RISS expert Vladimir Fitin pointed out. “The most radical and moderate Islamists were taken to Idlib. Currently, according to various estimates, there are up to 80,000 armed bandits,” he said.
After the end of almost 60 years of Castro rule for Cuba, and 57-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel has become the new Chairman of the State Council, it was necessary to wait for further changes. The changes were not long in coming, RISS expert Igor Pshenichnikov pointed out. National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba on July 22 at its meeting approved a constitutional reform. The first thing that stands out in this document is the recognition of the role of the market and private property, as well as the introduction of the post of President of the Republic.