Foreign Press Review (01.05-07.05)

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Last week the Syrian conflict returned to the spotlight. On Thursday Russia, Iran and Turkey signed a memorandum on creating “de-escalation zones” in Syria. It encompasses four areas: the northern province of Idlib, Eastern Gouta, the central province of Homs and southern part of Syria along its border with Jordan. In practice analysts say that these zones cover almost all areas controlled by rebels, who are allegedly not connected with the Islamic State. The signed agreement stipulates establishing checkpoints on the ground and unarmed civilians would be permitted to freely move between territories held both by government and opposition. According to the agreement, all military activities, including air strikes, should be ceased inside the zones. The agreement expressly excludes attacks on terrorists, such as Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliates.

No carrots, no sticks: Merkel in Sochi

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The meeting between Merkel and Putin in Sochi, her first trip for two years to Russia, was officially described as a bridge building attempt by the Chancellors office. One can only speculate, but the primary motive of Merkel’s visit was to calm the troubled waters ahead of the G20 summit, which will take place in the city of Hamburg in July. So, unsurprisingly, after receiving the requested assurances that Moscow will not use the Hamburg event as a political platform attacking Berlin’s dominant role in the Western sanction regime, but also looks forward to positive results.

Foreign Press Review (24.04-30.04)

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Amid a new phase in Russia investigation and continuing harsh debates over the recent chemical attack in Syria the foreign press actively discussed an article by Russian newspaper Kommersant, which citing some anonymous government sources form both Moscow and Washington reported that Putin and Trump could meet at the end of May in one of the European countries. During this time the American president is to be in Europe for the NATO and G-7 summits. While Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov already said that there were no preparations for such a meeting and called the reports on it “wishful thinking”, foreign journalists nevertheless wondered whether this meeting is possible and what results for the Russia-US relations it could bring.