Donbass elections proved the viability of the republics

The Ukrainian policy contributed to the higher voter turnout at the DPR and LPR elections, RISS expert Oleg Nemensky pointed out. The current Ukrainian authorities are pursuing an “anti-Orthodox and anti-Church policy” and aimed at radical Ukrainization. The Kiev authorities “make it clear to Donbass residents that they are unacceptable for Ukraine by objective criteria,” the political scientist said.

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NATO holds frequent exercises on Russian border

NATO began Anakonda-2018 drills in Poland after the military exercises Trident Juncture finished. RISS expert Sergey Ermakov noted that the Alliance conducts so-called “permanent exercises”. “Officially, there are more than 100 military maneuvers and multinational military games under NATO auspices during this year. In total, about 250 exercises with NATO participation are held annually,” he said.

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US midterm elections reflected a growing polarization of the electorate

US midterm elections and gubernatorial elections showed a growing polarization of the American electorate, RISS expert Ilya Kravchenko pointed out. Election day was marked by an unprecedented high turnout (more than 100 million people voted). There were several sensations during the election day: Democrats were able to defeat the political heavyweight Scott Walker in Wisconsin; Republican candidate Ted Cruz who was widely predicted to lose the elections narrowly won re-election as Senator for Texas; the Republicans also won unexpectedly in Florida.

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Russian-Cuban partnership gaining momentum

The first visit of the new Cuban leader Miguel Diaz-Canel to Russia shows that the level of strategic relations between the two countries, and especially its trade and economic cooperation, will continue to strengthen, RISS expert Dmitry Burykh pointed out. “Against the background of tumultuous relationship between Havana and Washington, we continue to actively cooperate with Cuban representatives. Russia feels Cuba’s support on the most sensitive issues, including the Ukrainian crisis or the US sanctions pressure,” he said.

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Trump dumps the Constitution ahead of midterm elections

Trump’s statement on a possible ban on the birthright citizenship came like a bolt from the blue despite the fierce opposition of Republicans and Democrats ahead of midterm elections. RISS expert Ilya Kravchenko pointed out that this proposal is an attempt to change the Constitution. Nowadays, according to the 14th amendment to the US Constitution “all persons born or natualized in the United States are citizens of the United States.” “To change this amendment means to interfere in the constitutional process,” the political scientist believes, noting that this “information bomb” caused considerable damage to the US President’s reputation.

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Major NATO exercises to launch in Norway

The “Trident Juncture-2018”, which will be held on October 25, is the largest NATO exercise since the end of the Cold War, RISS expert Sergey Ermakov pointed out. NATO annually carries out more than 250 military exercises, including serious fire maneuvers of the armed forces. The Alliance is planning to deploy 50 thousand soldiers, 250 aircraft, and 65 vessels from more than 30 nations during its exercises. The political scientist noted that this time the reason of military exercises was changed. “The military actually recognize that they will work out measures to counter Russia. As NATO generals say, they are simulating a counterattack against Russia in order to protect Norway.”

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US unleashing a new arms race

Washington doesn’t have a strategy yet on how to get out of the arms control crisis. From this point of view, John Bolton came to Moscow empty-handed, RISS expert Sergey Ermakov commented on the possible US withdrawal from the INF Treaty. “We are witnessing a specific “cowboy” approach, when first everything is destroyed and only then they are trying to build something new again,” the analyst said.

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Migration crisis as an indicator of EU collapse

The migration crisis threatens to destroy the EU, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya considers. “We can observe some separate blocks that are united by their approaches to the migration problems and the future of the EU. The problem is that for the past two years countries have not been able to develop common criteria and migration policy that would suit everyone,” she added.

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Washington’s new approach to Beijing

Sanctions are a powerful tool of American foreign policy towards China, due to which Washington has a significant advantage, RISS expert Evgeny Rumyantsev commented on the recent speech of Vice President M.Pence at the Hudson Institute. “As Pence considers, the US is quite a free country unlike China in economics. The Chinese economy primarily depends on the export and raw materials supply from abroad,” he explained.

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