Russian Press Review (11.07–17.07)

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Russian media outlets focused a lot on foreign affairs last week. One of the main events covered by the the Russian press was the failed coup attempt in Turkey. The coup attempt was made the night of the 16th of June, in the name of reinstalling constitutional order and respect for human rights. About 6000 people have been arrested by government forces, including over 50 high-ranking military officials. Another major, tragic, event that was widely commented on is the terrorist attack in Nice, France on the 14th of July. A man drove his truck into the crowd gathered to watch the Bastille Day fireworks. articles continue to be published on the theme of Brexit, and on the unrest in the US, with a new shooting that took place the 15 of July in Baltimore.

Foreign Press Review (11.07-17.07)

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The main event of last week was Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s visit to Moscow. The Obama administration reportedly intended to propose to deepen military cooperation with Moscow in Syria by intelligence information sharing, starting joint air strikes against the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra and opening a new military command-and-control headquarters. Turning to the Russia-NATO relations, it seems that after the NATO summit in Warsaw, which was held on July 8-9, critics of the alliance’s policy towards Russia got a chance to voice their viewpoints. Many of them called “Russian threat” a fake and a myth, which is promoted in order to ensure NATO unity, and referred to the decision to deploy four battalions near the Russian borders as an unnecessary provocation.