Foreign Press Review #6 (02.05-08.05)

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The concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra in Palmyra overshadowed the latest developments in Syria last week. Nonetheless Russia and the US managed to extend Syria’s “regime of calm” to Aleppo and the surrounding areas, keeping a fragile ceasefire in place. Besides, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Moscow has also become a high-profile event in the western press. A territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands, which is a stumbling block to a peace treaty between Russia and Japan, has been at the top of the agenda.