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.

Foreign Press Review (17.04-23.04)

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Ahead of the French presidential elections the foreign media published a lot of articles devoted to another alleged Russian meddling, which, according to the reports, highly resembles the situation with the US presidential elections in 2016. With the American media being the most assertive, journalists tried to portray Russian interference as an established fact. However, now it is even not necessary to say that there is no evidence that Russia attacked the French campaign. Moreover, looking through the articles on the topic with every new report, a reader could have an impression that he has already read it previously as authors use similar arguments. They are so similar that an attempt to write down these arguments in different lists gives us almost the same set with the proof being extremely weak.

Foreign Press Review (10.04-16.04)

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The most important event of last week was US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow, where he met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and then with President Putin. Ahead of the meetings the atmosphere in the media was tense as there were a lot of catchy headlines that Washington had accused Moscow of covering up Syrian government’s role in the recent chemical attack and delivered an ultimatum requiring that Russia make a choice between relations with the US and support for Assad.

Foreign Press Review (03.04-09.04)

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Last week has become a sad page for the world’s common fight against terrorism. First of all, on Monday a terror attack, which claimed 14 lives, was carried out in the St. Petersburg metro. Unfortunately, instead of concentration on looking for effective ways for combating terrorists the western media was actively disseminating statements by some Russian opposition and western political figures, who tried to link this Monday tragedy with recent anti-corruption protests, and was discussing how Putin could benefit from the situation. It seems that previously there existed, at least, an understanding that terrorism is a common global threat, whereas now it has been abandoned and the real international cooperation in the fight against terrorists has been replaced by political games and conspiracy theories.

Foreign Press Review (27.03-02.04)

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Anti-corruption protests across Russia that had taken part on Sunday, March 26, drew a lot of foreign media’s attention. Sometimes exaggerating the scale of protests and closing their eyes to the fact a rally in Moscow was sanctioned for another place (therefore, the Kremlin characterized opposition’s calls for protests on Tverskaya street as provocation) almost all outlets emphasized that there was a significant number of young people participating in the demonstrations. The reasons, observers proposed, ranked from “popularity of opposition leaders on the internet” to “little attention the Kremlin pays to this group”.

Foreign Press Review (20.03-26.03)

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In contrast to the US where meetings with Russian officials have become almost a taboo one of the candidates in the French presidential race Marin Le Pen decided to make a surprise visit to Moscow at the invitation of the Russian State Duma’s international relations committee. In Moscow she held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. Ms Le Pen emphasized the counterproductive character of the EU sanctions against Russia and called for cooperation in combating terrorism. Experts suggest that the meetings will help to consolidate her electoral supporters, many of whom have a positive view of Russia’s defense of conservative values.

Foreign Press Review (13.03-19.03)

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Last week former acting CIA director Michael Morell expressed doubts on the Trump dossier and Trump associates’ contacts with Moscow. But these doubts were predictably not resonant as on Wednesday the US Department of Justice charged four men, including two Russian intelligence officers, with masterminding a hacking criminal conspiracy in 2014 when 500 million Yahoo user accounts had been hacked.

Foreign Press Review (06.03-12.03)

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Trump’s Russia scandal continued to be in the spotlight as last week the media published information that not only his allies and aides but also Donald Trump himself had met with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during his presidential campaign.

Foreign Press Review (27.02-05.03)

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“A witch hunt”, as Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov called it during his Friday press-conference, continued in the US as attorney general Jeff Sessions was accused of failing to disclose his two last year meetings with Russia’s ambassador Sergey Kislyak during his confirmation hearing in Congress.

Foreign Press Review (20.02-26.02)

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Last week after Michael Flynn’s resignation US President Donald Trump selected Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster as a new national security advisor. His choice was welcomed by numerous US politicians while the media actively tried to compare his background and his views with his predecessor’s ones. Observers suggested that McMaster’s appointment could signal a shift in Trump’s Russia policy because in contrast to Flynn, who was usually portrayed by the media as close to Vladimir Putin, the new advisor considers Moscow as a threat and publicly voiced his concern over it being the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center.