President Putin’s visit to the Middle East has confirmed the growing authority of Russia in the region, but despite the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, it is too early to speak about the cessation of armed confrontation with the terrorists, RISS expert Vladimir Fitin said.
The intention of the West to exert influence on Russia after a ban on Russians competing under their own flag at the Olympic Winter games in Pyeongchang is not too reasonable. “Such actions will change neither the policy of Russia, no public mood”, RISS expert Sergey Mikhaylov said.
Meeting of the presidents of Russia, Turkey, and Iran in Sochi completed a brilliant cycle of Russia’s diplomatic efforts on the settlement of the Syrian conflict, RISS expert Vladimir Fitin said.
Donald Tusk’s critical statements, president of the European Council, directed at modern Polish policy are nothing more than an element of internal political opposition in Poland, said RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya. “We are talking about the political struggle of the party Civic Platform and the ruling party Law and Justice. Actions of this party, assessed by the European Parliament and Tusk as inadequate, as “the Kremlin’s hand”, are aimed at attracting more voters,” she added.
Failure of the parliamentary coalition formation in Germany is connected with the political decline of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, RISS expert Lyudmila Vorobyova said. “She stops to be an integrating force in Germany, loses her credibility,” she added.
The international conference “Fate and Future of Iraqi Kurdistan: Opportunities and Risks of the European Policy in the Region” was conducted on November 15-17, 2017 in the Evangelical Academy of the city of Loccum (Germany). The conference gathered more than 70 participants from Germany, USA, Israel, Iran, Turkey, and Iraq. The Russian side was represented by Head of the Centre for Research Coordination of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies I.Borovkov.
“The key EU countries, Germany and France, spoke in the support of the creation of the Permanent Structured Cooperation program (PESCO), understanding the need for reform of this structure,” – RISS expert Anna Vilovatykh said. According to expert opinion, the escalation of contradictions between Europe and the United States is like a locomotive of combined efforts of European leaders to build a greater autonomy of the European Union, including in the military sphere. “Acting together, these countries will be able to achieve more,” – she added.
“Three main points of the exit of the UK from the European Union remained unresolved,” RISS expert Anna Vilovatykh said. They are: the rights of UK residents in the EU (and EU citizens in the UK), the territorial boundaries between Ireland and Northern Ireland, payments amount of the United Kingdom to the EU (according to experts, this amount is about 60 bn euros).
“Russian-American relations currently are even worse than during the cold war, and we shouldn’t expect thaw in the near future,” RISS expert Anna Glazova said.
“The USA has no clear concept of the use of military force, and intimidation of participants of international politics makes the world more uncertain,” RISS expert Sergey Ermakov said. “There is the main challenge to the security in this uncertainty. In fact, the war is not so far away as it seems,” added he.