NATO-shadowed MH17 crash inquiry betrays deep-seated Russian hostility

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An investigation organized by the Netherlands has blamed Russia for supplying the BUK missile system that brought down Malaysian Flight MH17. Such a conclusion should come as no surprise considering the seething anti-Russia hysteria that has gripped the Western imagination of late, not to mention the Western affiliations of those countries connecting Russia to the tragedy.

Russia as a factor of the US electoral race

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Four years ago the issue of relations with Russia was just a marginal topic of the US presidential election debates: Mitt Romney trying to mobilize particular, relatively small segments of the Republican electorate called Russia a major American geopolitical rival, and this allowed Barack Obama to upbraid the Republican candidate for the ignorance of contemporary international relations and use of obsolete patterns. There were no much resonance of these polemics, there are no grounds to think that it influenced the outcome of the elections. And today discussing Russia is central to the electoral campaign. Moreover, the Democrats not only accuse Donald Trump of being eager to improve US-Russian relations but also straightly call the billionaire a “Putin’s puppet”. What is standing behind this sudden turn of the American political debates?

Can Russia and the United States Cooperate in Syria?

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A year ago at the United Nations, President Putin called for the creation of a grand anti-terrorism coalition to defeat extremist forces wreaking havoc in Syria and inspiring terrorist acts elsewhere in the world. Shortly before, Russia had caught the world by surprise by deploying an expeditionary force to that country in support of the Assad regime against a burgeoning rebellion, in which terrorist groups such as ISIS and Jabhat al-Nursa, recently rebranded as Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (after having severed, it claims, its ties to al-Qaida) figured prominently. Putin met with President Obama at the United Nations to discuss possible cooperation against ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria.

Foreign Press Review (19.09-25.09)

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The results of parliamentary elections in Russia were published last week with the media paying a lot of attention to post-electoral comments and discussing possible consequences of the vote. For example, the two leading American newspapers The New York Times and The Washington Post devoted editorials to the Russia’s elections. The United Russia party (the UR) won a landslide victory gaining 343 of 450 seats.

The Multilateral Trading System. The Causes of the Ideological Crisis and Russia’s Posture

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In the global economy one should not opt for the extremes – liberalization or protectionism. Rather, one needs to determine a degree and scale of these processes and pick principal partners. Trade policies are a compromise between the conflicting interests of separate business and political groups. Competition for control over decision-making, which is not confined to championing one’s interests while adopting national legislation, is getting tougher. Policy-making at home and abroad and managing foreign economic affairs complement each other and promote the interests of local business. The latter fosters social well-being and enhances the country’s standing on the market, which in its turn allows them to adjust the rules of the game to their need.

Foreign Press Review (12.09-18.09)

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On Sunday Russia held parliamentary elections and the foreign media payed a lot of attention to the campaign, especially to opposition parties and candidates. Unsurprisingly, plenty of outlets tried to tarnish the elections claiming their unfairness and unfreedom several days before the vote itself. Nevertheless, it is necessary to give proper respect to those which anyhow were able to understand that the Kremlin is the first among those interested in a fully legitimate State Duma since it remembers anti-government mass protests in 2011.

State Duma 2016 Conference

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On September 8, 2016 ISEPR Foundation and Rethinking Russia held the International Conference “State Duma 2016”. The event was devoted to the upcoming parliamentary elections in Russia, which will take place on September 18.

Foreign Press Review (05.09-11.09)

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Last week has become extremely important for the Syrian conflict as on Saturday Russia and the United States announced that they had eventually reached an agreement after a long period of negotiations. It is worth noting that observers were quite reserved speaking about the possibility of a deal because US president Obama had recently claimed “gaps of trust” existed between the two governments. Moreover, US secretary of defense Ash Carter stressed that there was “a long way to go” before Moscow and Washington could reach an agreement on a form of ceasefire in Syria while US patience was not unlimited.