Nikos Voutsis Visits Moscow

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This week President of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis has paid an official visit to Moscow. During his stay he held negotiations with the leadership of both houses of Russia’s Parliament. Apart from strengthening inter-parliamentary cooperation, the meeting is timed to coincide with the Russian-Greek bilateral year.

Foreign Press Review (05.12-11.12)

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While experts continue to look for a future strategy and common ground in the Russia-US relations, US officials have become obsessed with debating Russia’s alleged meddling in the US presidential elections. In the meantime, President-elect Donald Trump came into direct confrontation with leading congressmen, who are to launch a wide-ranging investigation into Russia’s alleged activities, and intelligence agencies. According to the Washington Post and the New York Times, CIA changed its opinion and concluded in a secret assessment that Russia had not only interfered with the electoral process but also aimed at helping Mr Trump win the presidency. It is worth noting that ahead of the elections the US intel community did not find any connections between Trump and Russia, sharing a version that Russia’s aim was to undermine Americans’ faith in country’s democracy.

Foreign Press Review (28.11-04.12)

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Last week Vladimir Putin delivered the Annual Presidential Address to the Russia’s Federal Assembly. The foreign media noted that most of the speech was devoted to domestic issues instead of foreign affairs, with Mr Putin focusing on Russia’s economic development. The President pointed out the optimistic signs in the country’s economy, such as high growth in agriculture and high-tech and record-low inflation rates. Moreover, Vladimir Putin claimed that he had directed “the Government, together with the leading business associations, no later than May 2017, to develop a detailed plan of action through 2025, the implementation of which will make it possible to achieve economic growth rates higher than in the [rest of the] world as early as 2019−2020, and therefore strengthen Russia’s positions in the global economy”.

Foreign Press Review (21.11-27.11)

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Last week witnessed the war of words between NATO and the Kremlin over the information that Russia deployed Bastion anti-ship missiles in Kaliningrad, which borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania. Moreover, on Monday head of the defence committee in Russia’s upper house of parliament Victor Ozerov claimed that Moscow would station Iskander ballistic missiles and S-400 missile-defence systems in its Baltic Sea exclave.

Foreign Press Review (07.11-13.11)

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Last week witnessed the end of the most scandal US presidential election in history, with Donald Trump surprisingly winning the race. The reaction of the western media could be described as “confusion” and “concern”. Almost every news outlet predicted Hillary Clinton’s landslide victory. After the vote, the failed prognoses were explained by the fact that many people, who supported Trump, had just preferred to conceal their intentions before the elections and, therefore, sociologists had wrong numbers. Moreover, some experts noted that the media was so obsessed with demonizing Trump that it eventually indulged in wishful thinking, overlooking the real public sentiment.

Foreign Press Review (31.10-06.11)

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Last week the media was almost totally focused on the US presidential elections and Russia’s role in it. The closer the vote, the more materials on alleged Russia’s meddling are published. Several articles tried to summarize all the speculations about the hacks and Trump’s and his associates’ ties with the Kremlin, but these stories don’t seem to impress the public anymore as a lot of people are likely to consider them as fear-mongering, let alone as simple hoaxes.

Foreign Press Review (24.10-30.10)

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Last week was dominated by discussions about a potential conflict between Russia and NATO. A whole range of experts described the current level of Russia-West relations as a “new Cold War”. Despite ongoing debates whether the term corresponds to the reality in general, analysts noted its practical relevance for the military sphere and expressed their concern with NATO and Russia’s military build-ups.

Foreign Press Review (17.10-23.10)

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Last week the media payed a lot of attention to the general picture of Russia-West relations while Vladimir Putin became a hero of cover pages of four respectable weekly political outlets: The Economist, The Spectator, The New Statesman and The New Yorker. In general, the media focused mostly on two principal events, which stole the spotlight of Russia’s announcement of humanitarian pauses in Aleppo.