Contradictions between the participating countries are becoming increasingly clear on the eve of the NATO summit, which is scheduled for 11-12 July, RISS expert Sergey Ermakov said. He noted that the issue of transatlantic solidarity will be raised for the first time at the upcoming summit.
In the European Union, migration crisis points to deeper internal political problems, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya commented on the Final Declaration of the EU Summit in Brussels. “The text of the Declaration has proved to be full of general phrases. A single decision hasn’t been accepted: the Europeans agreed that it is necessary to strengthen the external borders, to allocate more money to support the Frontex system, to save refugees who may die in the Mediterranean Sea, to create special regional camps for their distribution, but all this is on an entirely voluntary basis,” she explained.
Migration crisis is a real threat to EU cohesion, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya commented on the informal summit of 16 EU member states in Brussels, dedicated to this problem. “This mini-summit was focused on overcoming the contradictions between the countries on the problems of the migration flow. Some countries support a policy of solidarity and redistribution of migrants between EU member states, and some of them fear the dissolution of their own identity in a new multi-ethnic culture that has nothing to do with Christianity. In general, no one expected anything from this interim meeting, which was held on the eve of the summit on June 28-29,” the expert pointed out.
A trade war between the USA and China appears to be gaining steam, RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov said. “This is a war between the two economic giants for dominance in the world economy, which is based on technological superiority. For this reason, the negotiations that were held earlier at the meeting of the American and Chinese delegations were focused not only on reducing the deficit of bilateral trade. In fact, Washington demanded that Beijing reject its intention to overtake the US economy and stop state financing for advanced technologies,” he explained.
The World Cup will help to improve the image of Russia and promote its authority around the world, said RISS expert Azhdar Kurtov. “During this sport event, President Vladimir Putin will have a unique opportunity to meet the leaders and representatives of other countries who will come to the World Cup and to discuss topical issues that are important for Russia and our guests. Various political problems are discussed at such meetings,” he said.
The fact that the US has decided to change its usual policy of intimidation and hold the US-DPRK summit is connected with the tension in Washington’s domestic policy, RISS expert Ilya Kravchenko said. “The internal political pressure on the White House is unprecedented now. All previous US presidents started a “small war”, which often didn’t end victoriously. But the current President of the United States understands that he is not able to get involved in such a conflict now,” he pointed out.
The European Commission introduced increased duties on some American goods in July 2018 in the amount of more than 3 billion dollars, which is the beginning of a trade war between the EU and the United States, RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov said. According to him, this decision was reached in response to the introduction of increased duties on imports of steel and aluminum by the United States since June 1.
Washington is planning Ukrainian Maidan scenario against President Daniel Ortega; all anti-government protests are provoked by the United States, RISS expert Igor Pshenichnikov said. “Mass anti-government demonstrations against the social security system which began in April are held in major cities of the country. D.Ortega has already canceled the reform, but demonstrations continue across the nation. The slogans of protesters to cancel this reform suspiciously quickly developed into the requirements for holding free and fair elections,” he pointed out. According to mass media reports, many people have been killed in violent Nicaraguan protests.
The visit of the delegation headed by the US Trade Minister Wilbur Ross from Washington to Beijing is the last attempt of the world hegemon to settle trade and economic disputes with China before the trade war, RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov pointed out. One of the problems complicating the situation is the contradiction between the goals pursued by the United States in its policy towards China: on the one hand, the USA seeks to reduce the deficit of bilateral trade; on the other hand, it tries to limit the technological development of China. The USA is trying to prevent China from becoming a leading global technological power.
The US government introduces tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from key allies starting from June 1 (earlier there were benefits for some allies). “This is an act of full-scale trade war, which will have a very negative impact not only on the US economy, but also on the world economy,” RISS expert Ilya Kravchenko pointed out.