There is the longest shutdown in US history now, RISS expert Ilya Kravchenko pointed out. Shutdown is a temporary stop of the US government work. Congress and the President (the legislative and executive branches) cannot make a final decision on the financing of certain programs. “Usually such shutdowns last about a week, but now the stop has been going on for 24 days,” the analyst added.
The White House is largely responsible for the difficult year 2018 for the Middle East, RISS expert Elena Suponina said. In her opinion, the US actions in the region have aggravated the situation.
2018 year has finally indicated Trump’s foreign policy milestones, RISS expert Ilya Kravchenko said. “The initial assessment of the foreign policy doctrine of the 45th US President as isolationist was not justified. All classic isolationists remained in the early 20th century and are unlikely to return. Washington’s hegemonic ambitions have not disappeared, but only multiplied,” he underscored.
The Kosovo Parliament has approved a package of bills that converts the limited Kosovo Security Forces into a professional army. The Kosovo army is being created due to the fact that Kosovo Albanians are ready to start the Greater Albania project. This is a threat to Balkans’ stability, RISS expert Igor Pshenichnikov believes.
Trump replaced the Chief of Staff, but this is unlikely to significantly affect his political course, RISS expert Ilya Kravchenko said. “We see that whoever comes, whoever leaves, Trump’s policy remains unchanged,” he added.
At the meeting of the North Atlantic Council will be taken a number of important decisions aimed at further Alliance’s development, RISS expert Sergey Ermakov said. There were made several statements on the increase of NATO military potential, distribution of defense costs, problems of Russia-NATO relations (Moscow was accused of undermining the transatlantic security system). The topical issue of the meeting was the INF Treaty. According to the NATO Secretary General, this is a crucial treaty, and its termination will lead to unpredictable consequences that can significantly aggravate the situation in Europe and reduce the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons.
The Shanghai International Energy Exchange (INE) is becoming increasingly popular among the world’s largest oil exchanges and on a par with the New York and London stock exchanges, RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov said. “All Chinese traders and large oil companies have moved to the Shanghai stock exchange. Now it has more than 400 Chinese and foreign participants. They carry out test oil futures transactions in Shanghai, but are planning to start full-scale trade,” he pointed out.
The G20 summit in Argentina is one of the first summits of a new format. Earlier such summits were organized under the auspices of international organizations, in particular, the IMF, where the US influence is great. Now developing G20 countries-members can invite other participants to the club. According to RISS expert Alexander Sarchev, a new meeting format allows summit participants to focus on more relevant issues for them. “This format gives hope to increase the efficiency of the G20 summit in the near future, when the member states themselves will determine the discussed issues,” he said.
The results of the Verkhovna Rada’s discussion of the introduction of martial law in Ukraine is a serious defeat of Petro Poroshenko, RISS expert Oleg Nemensky believes. The President’s initiative to impose martial law for only a month is meaningless. He also stressed that Poroshenko has the opportunity to extend martial law (this can be done as many times as necessary). In this case, the presidential elections can be delayed.
The Brexit draft and the political declaration on future relations between the United Kingdom and the EU were appoved at the Sunday’s EU summit in Brussels. On the one hand, the talks between the European Commission and London ended with the formal adoption of the agreement on Britain’s exit from the European Union. On the other hand, it is clear that the process is not completed yet, and forcibly paused not to derail the Brexit deal, RISS expert Igor Pshenichnikov said.