Russia and World War One

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It can be said without exaggeration that the First World War ushered in the 20th century with the roar of guns and the collapse of four empires. Not only did it redraw the world’s political map, but also altered the social make-up of all the parties. The First World War proved to be a severe test for Russia. And it was not so much the army which lost it, but the entire society and political system. The War was the greatest tragedy, which we still cannot fully grasp. The tragedy was perceived by its contemporaries as a “betrayal”. Mutual accusations of the betrayal eroded national unity, with the broad masses guided by local rather than national interests. As a result, those who truly served their country and were ready to shed blood for the sake of the common victory were betrayed.

Is Macron a pyrrhic victory for the EU?

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Emmanuel Macron is likely to push for the revival of the German-French axis within the EU. One of the central aims of the dual leadership will be European security integration. Security is, at least in this case, a two-headed entity.

NATO-Russia Relations: Overcoming Agony

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If anything, the central tenet of the Hippocratic oath: first do no harm – Primum non nocere – is the first motto to be applied to today’s dialogue between Russia and NATO, a military and political organization. The dialogue essentially boiling down to interaction between Russia and the United States, the alliance’s leader, has offered fewer grounds for optimism over the years.

A war of narratives: a comparative map on how the leading US and Russian newspapers reported the first meeting between Trump and Putin

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Last Friday, during the G20 summit, the US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for the first time. The meeting was surrounded by expectations and marked by all types of speculation. The bilateral relationship has been controversial since the Obama administration, but the polemics have gained momentum in last year’s election when Trump came to power.

BRICS and G20: opportunities for cooperation

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July 7 the BRICS leaders had an informal meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg. It looks like the Group of Twenty will become the main platform for clash of interests: both G7 countries and BRICS members promote their own interests there and other states make boards between them. At the same time, G20 is now a reliable mechanism of improving the efficiency of the global financial system that, backed by G20 and other international institutions, contributes to sustainable, comprehensive, balanced and inclusive growth of all states.

Foreign Press Review (03.07-09.07)

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Undoubtedly, a meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump was the main event last week. Despite some controversy over the format, the talks eventually were held as an official bilateral meeting.

Foreign Press Review (26.06-02.07)

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Last week the Kremlin and the White House confirmed that the Russian and US leaders would hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit. The official announcement of these long anticipated talks led to a serious discussion in the US with the mainstream media making a lot of efforts to prevent Trump from a possible improvement of the bilateral relations.