Foreign Press Review (10.10-16.10)

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Last week while a range of experts openly claimed that America’s Russia policy had failed and called for its revision amid a growing danger of a direct clash between Russia and the US, Obama’s administration poured oil on the flames promising a firm response to the alleged Russia’s interference in the US election process. Despite the fact that the public did not receive any evidence of the Kremlin’s involvement in the recent hacks yet, the media was full of reports that President Obama had ordered the intelligence services to carry out a retaliatory strike.

Foreign Press Review (03.10-09.10)

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Last week Russia-US relations continued to reach new record lows. Above all, it concerns the situation in Syria. On Monday the US declared that it officially cut off negotiations with Moscow over the conflict in Syria accusing the Kremlin of supporting Assad’s forces in the Aleppo assault, which American officials described as brutal bombardments of civilian areas. Moscow repeatedly emphasized that the strikes were carried out against terrorists groups. Responding to the US decision to withdraw from the talks, Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that Washington had failed in implementing the Russia-US brokered ceasefire and separating terrorists from moderate opposition.

Mini-digest. Elections 2016: inside and outside perspectives

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The electoral outcome testifies to the fact that people trust United Russia and the government, said President Vladimir Putin at the meeting with the cabinet ministers. The head of the state started by thanking the voters who “expressed their view on the developments in our country and showed a responsible approach to affairs by coming to vote in the election”.

Foreign Press Review (26.09-02.10)

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Last week marked a year after the beginning of the Russia’s military operation in Syria. The media widely discussed the results Moscow had achieved during this year and there exists some sort of consensus that the impact is significant and, from the point of view of costs and benefits, the operation is quite effective.

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.

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.

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.

Foreign Press Review (29.08-04.09)

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Last week two remarkable international events took place: the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, and the opening of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China. Russian President Vladimir Putin held bilateral discussions with a range of foreign leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new British Prime Minister Theresa May at these two forums.

Foreign Press Review (22.08-28.08)

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A lot of attention was payed to the Syrian conflict last week. Russia has stopped using an Iranian airbase as abruptly as it started to use it two weeks ago, leaving observers reading the tea leaves when trying to explain such a surprising development. Officially both parties claimed the Russian forces had successfully completed all necessary tasks and returned to the permanent Russian bases. They also emphasized that further use of the Hamadan’s airbase would depend on the prevailing circumstances. Nevertheless, journalists and experts have been dissatisfied with the explanation that the arrangement was in fact temporary.

Foreign Press Review (15.08-21.08)

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The Syrian conflict was in the limelight last week as the western media was highly concerned with Russia, who began using a military airbase in Iran on Tuesday and launched cruise missiles from warships in the Mediterranean sea against Syrian militants on Friday. It is the first time since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 that Iran allows foreign troops on its soil. Experts and journalists wonder whether such actions of Russia are only a show of force or a determination to make a strategic boost for Assad’s forces. Nevertheless, they agreed that the events signal a growing cooperation between Moscow and Tehran, which makes the West nervous, since Russia and Iran are the main backers of the Syrian president.