Russian Press Review (27.06-03.07)

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A major theme covered last week in the Russian press was the normalization of relations between the Russian Federation and Turkey. Sergei Lavrov and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met in Sochi on the 1st of July, following the reception of the Turkish President’s letter by his Russian counterpart. Another theme addressed in the Russian press was the trip of Sergei Lavrov to France, where Brexit and Russian-French trade relations were discussed. Jean-Marc Ayrault expressed the hope that sanctions would soon be lifted. Despite this hopeful outlook, sanctions against the Russian Federation have been extended by the European Union on the 1st of July for another 6 months. Brexit was also commented on, in particualr the allegations of some European and American news outlets that Russia has much to gain from the outcome of the referendum. It was stressed that a strong, united Europe is in the political interest of Russia.

Foreign Press Review (27.06-03.07)

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The main topic of last week was the normalization of Russia-Turkey relations. Despite disagreements between two parties whether Erdogan’s letter was an apology or just condolences for the downing of a Russian warplane in November, the fact is that Moscow is satisfied with Ankara’s step. Observers share general consensus that it is a diplomatic victory for the Kremlin as Russia has already flexed its muscles on the world stage by its readiness to take strong measures in response to aggressive actions, and now the normalization of relations will be mutually beneficial in economic and security terms. Russia-NATO relations have been in the spotlight. Two incidents have recently taken place in the Eastern Mediterranean when Russian and American naval ships had a close encounter on the high seas. In addition, Brexit itself and its consequences continued to be at the centre of debates in the West. The media call Russian President Vladimir Putin the main winner, as Brexit fuels his hope of new divisions inside the EU and a weaker Europe as a result.