Foreign Press Review (08.08-14.08)

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Last week the media payed a lot of attention to the talks between the Russian and Turkish Presidents, which took place in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. It was the first meeting between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the Russian jet shootdown near the Syrian border. Both parties expressed their intentions to restore bilateral relations and to ensure that economic and trade ties reach the level that had existed before the infamous tragedy. The warming in the relations paves the way for progress in building the first nuclear power plant in Turkey and an ambitious natural gas pipeline project.

Foreign Press Review (01.08-07.08)

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Russia continued to be one of the most popular topics in the US presidential elections last week. The media was full of articles about Russian interference in the election process, but this time many journalists drew readers’ attention to the fact that the US itself frequently meddles in different foreign elections, in particular America widely resorted to such an instrument under Hilary Clinton as State Secretary.

Foreign Press Review (25.07-31.07)

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Last week the DNC (the Democratic National Committee) hack and Russia’s alleged involvement in it was the most covered event. WikiLeaks published about 20000 emails of the DNC, which revealed controversial political games of the Democratic party elite willing to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning primaries and interfering in journalists’ work by pre-editing future articles.

Russian Press Review (18.07–24.07)

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The Russian press was virulent this week around the Olympic Games participation issue. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 Russian athletes have been unsuccessful in their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to reverse their ban from competition. Allegations are circulating that Russia ran a state-sponsored doping program covered up by the Russian Federal Security Service. A number of articles covered the murder of Pavel Sheremet in Kiev. The journalists did not in his conduct show signs of concern for his security – he most probably did not receive any threats prior to his death.

Foreign Press Review (18.07-24.07)

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On Sunday, July 24, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board (IOC EB) decided not to ban the entire Russian team from Rio despite World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) calls. Generally Russia has welcomed IOC EB’s decision as it left Russian athletes possibility to compete in the Olympics under their national flag. However, it is obvious that the whole case raises questions about selective use of law when only Russia has been targeted. However, the «Russian trace» was also found in the Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Some democrats blamed the Kremlin for helping Trump to be elected with the media calling him «the Kremlin’s candidate» and even «a Putin’s lapdog».

Russian Press Review (11.07–17.07)

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Russian media outlets focused a lot on foreign affairs last week. One of the main events covered by the the Russian press was the failed coup attempt in Turkey. The coup attempt was made the night of the 16th of June, in the name of reinstalling constitutional order and respect for human rights. About 6000 people have been arrested by government forces, including over 50 high-ranking military officials. Another major, tragic, event that was widely commented on is the terrorist attack in Nice, France on the 14th of July. A man drove his truck into the crowd gathered to watch the Bastille Day fireworks. articles continue to be published on the theme of Brexit, and on the unrest in the US, with a new shooting that took place the 15 of July in Baltimore.

Foreign Press Review (11.07-17.07)

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The main event of last week was Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s visit to Moscow. The Obama administration reportedly intended to propose to deepen military cooperation with Moscow in Syria by intelligence information sharing, starting joint air strikes against the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra and opening a new military command-and-control headquarters. Turning to the Russia-NATO relations, it seems that after the NATO summit in Warsaw, which was held on July 8-9, critics of the alliance’s policy towards Russia got a chance to voice their viewpoints. Many of them called “Russian threat” a fake and a myth, which is promoted in order to ensure NATO unity, and referred to the decision to deploy four battalions near the Russian borders as an unnecessary provocation.

Russian Press Review (04.07–10.07)

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One of the key political events last week, which was covered in the Russian Press was the NATO Summit in Warsaw that took place on July 8-9. Officials reaffirmed the role of NATO as an organisation for the maintenance of peace and stressed that additional deployment of NATO forces in the Baltic states was only conducted as a response to the threats posed by Russian foreign policy. The Ukrainian conflict was one of the topics discussed at the Summit. RBC published an article commenting on the violence in the Donbass region, which has this month caused a record number of death since August 2015, according to the UN. The State Council of Crimea issued a statement last week calling for the «international community» not to finance the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, an organization which has been banned in the Russian Federation this year for extremist activity.

Foreign Press Review (04.07-10.07)

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The NATO summit in Warsaw, which took place on July 8-9, stole the limelight from all other issues, and it seemed that it was the only event last week. Analysts and politicians agree that this summit was held at the most critical point for the alliance since the collapse of the Soviet Union, with an “increased Russian aggression” – as the western media tend to portray Russian actions ahead of the meeting in Poland – being at the top of the agenda. Despite Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg making every possible effort to outline that “NATO poses no threat to any country”, does “not want a nuclear war”, does “not want a new arms race” and “doesn’t seek confrontation”, deployment of four NATO battalions in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia seems as a move which will inevitably exacerbate tensions with Russia.

Russian Press Review (27.06-03.07)

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A major theme covered last week in the Russian press was the normalization of relations between the Russian Federation and Turkey. Sergei Lavrov and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met in Sochi on the 1st of July, following the reception of the Turkish President’s letter by his Russian counterpart. Another theme addressed in the Russian press was the trip of Sergei Lavrov to France, where Brexit and Russian-French trade relations were discussed. Jean-Marc Ayrault expressed the hope that sanctions would soon be lifted. Despite this hopeful outlook, sanctions against the Russian Federation have been extended by the European Union on the 1st of July for another 6 months. Brexit was also commented on, in particualr the allegations of some European and American news outlets that Russia has much to gain from the outcome of the referendum. It was stressed that a strong, united Europe is in the political interest of Russia.