New US sanctions against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline harms primarily German economy. Berlin will distribute gas to all of Europe, and the USA doesn’t like it, RISS expert Mikhail Belyaev considers.
RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov believes that it would be wrong to consider the US-China confrontation as a usual trade war. “In fact, there is a fierce competition between the superpowers. I would say this is the beginning of the cold war,” he pointed out. US Secretary of State M.Pompeo in his London speech recalled that Washington faced with the same threat that came from the Soviet Union in the 20th century. However, unlike the USSR, China was able to integrate into the world economy and developed rapidly.
US President D.Trump offered Russia and China to eliminate nuclear weapons. RISS expert Vladimir Evseev noted that such an idea of “global zero” is not new and was previously supported by former US President B.Obama. “This idea is very attractive for Washington. US has the greatest potential of conventional weapons. So, if all the countries eliminate their nuclear weapons, it is clear who will be the world leader,” the analyst explained.
Ukraine’s new president is not going to change the course of country development, RISS expert Oleg Nemensky said.
It seems that P.Poroshenko has a plan to maintain his power regardless of the election results, RISS expert Oleg Nemensky said. “Perhaps a coup attempt is being prepared. Poroshenko didn’t even conduct an election campaign that would be aimed at earning the sympathy of the majority. The current President stated that he wanted to win the election by knockout. The question remains will he really do it”, the expert pointed out.
Cuba is preparing for a “all-people war”, for the first time over many decades considering the danger of military aggression by the United States not as a potential, but as a real threat in the context of unprecedented US pressure on Venezuela, RISS expert Igor Pshenichnikov said. In addition, Cuba is taking urgent measures to survive the expected blockade by Washington. This can be concluded from the speech of the first Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Raul Castro at an emergency session of the Parliament of the Republic.
Kiev has been fighting against Donbass for five years. RISS expert Oleg Nemensky believes that now Ukraine no longer needs Donbass. “The only option that would suit Kiev is a blitzkrieg in the spring of 2014. Ukraine has neither the money nor the ability to restore republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Kiev also doesn’t need people that live there,” he said.
Chinese market causes a clash between the US and EU, RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov considers. President Trump has recently announced the possible introduction of increased duties on European goods in the amount of 11 billion dollars. Expert connects this to the contracts for the purchase of 300 Airbus aircraft (the main competitor to American Boeing) that were signed between China and France at the end of March.
Apparently, the USA is pushing Brazil to war with Venezuela to overthrow the legitimate President Nicolas Maduro. At the same time, the US will stay away while solving the Venezuelan “problem” at Brazil’s expense. But as it now turns out, Brazil doesn’t seek to be the first country that will send its troops to Venezuela, RISS expert Igor Pshenichnikov considers.
Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar ordered his forces to advance on the Libyan capital Tripoli. There is the UN-backed Government of National Accord headed by Fayez Saraj. According to some reports, Field Marshal Haftar’s units have entered some areas of Tripoli. “At the same time, the city is almost empty. Haftar urged the citizens not to leave their homes in order not to risk during clashes between the opposing forces. He also stressed that he was not fighting against the legitimate authorities, but simply wanted to liberate city from the terrorist groups,” RISS expert Vladimir Fitin said.