Russian Press Review (04.07–10.07)

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One of the key political events last week, which was covered in the Russian Press was the NATO Summit in Warsaw that took place on July 8-9. Officials reaffirmed the role of NATO as an organisation for the maintenance of peace and stressed that additional deployment of NATO forces in the Baltic states was only conducted as a response to the threats posed by Russian foreign policy. The Ukrainian conflict was one of the topics discussed at the Summit. RBC published an article commenting on the violence in the Donbass region, which has this month caused a record number of death since August 2015, according to the UN. The State Council of Crimea issued a statement last week calling for the «international community» not to finance the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, an organization which has been banned in the Russian Federation this year for extremist activity.

Foreign Press Review (04.07-10.07)

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The NATO summit in Warsaw, which took place on July 8-9, stole the limelight from all other issues, and it seemed that it was the only event last week. Analysts and politicians agree that this summit was held at the most critical point for the alliance since the collapse of the Soviet Union, with an “increased Russian aggression” – as the western media tend to portray Russian actions ahead of the meeting in Poland – being at the top of the agenda. Despite Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg making every possible effort to outline that “NATO poses no threat to any country”, does “not want a nuclear war”, does “not want a new arms race” and “doesn’t seek confrontation”, deployment of four NATO battalions in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia seems as a move which will inevitably exacerbate tensions with Russia.