Foreign Press Review (23.01-29.01)

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Last week the peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition were held in Astana. It was their first face-to-face meeting in almost six years of war in Syria. The negotiations were brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey while the West was sidelined with the US being only present as an observer. Probably Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discussed the question on Saturday during their first official telephone conversation. Besides, journalists forecasted that the presidents could touch on the US sanctions against Russia. Observers think the call could open a dialogue leading to lifting of the sanctions. Meanwhile, in contrast to Trump, who stated that he hoped for “a great relationship with Russia”, Theresa May outlined her own quite hawkish vision of future relations with Moscow.