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.

Vyacheslav Volodin Visits Seoul: on the Way towards Parliamentary Diplomacy Consolidation

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The Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin paid his official two-day visit to the Republic of Korea where the Second Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments took place. Rethinking Russia Director Alexander Konkov noticed that Vyacheslav Volodin’s visit to Seoul is another example of parliamentary diplomacy consolidation in Russia.

Trump’s Political Future: the Russia Factor

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The US Constitution vests the president, the head of the executive branch, with considerable power to formulate the country’s foreign policy. Regardless of the proactive stance of some Congressmen in dealing with external issues, America’s foreign policy has historically been shaped by presidents, their temperament, experience, ideological leanings, and quite often it has been affected by their domestic policy. The latter can be central to understanding and forecasting the Trump administration’s steps related to Russia.

Foreign Press Review (19.06-25.06)

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Last week new US sanctions against Russia became one of the most popular topics. Ahead of the meeting between the US and Ukrainian presidents Trump’s administration announced imposition of new Ukraine-related sanctions on 38 individuals and entities, which, according to the White House, are involved in tightening the Russian grip on the Crimea and the Donbass regions.

June 22: History and Memory

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Each state has many memorable dates that serve as landmarks of the historical memory and provide retrospect with a cyclical character. June 22, the day when the Great Patriotic War began, holds a specific place. In contrast to the Victory Day, June 22 is the day of the great tragedy. This particular day divides the whole history both of the Soviet Union and Russia of the 20th century into “before” and “after” – into “before the war” and “after the war began”.

Future of Syrian Skies

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When the US-led coalition announced on 19 June that a Syrian Su-22 jet had been shot down by a US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet the day before, Russia suspended a pact preventing clashes in the Syrian flight zone. In his interview for Rethinking Russia, Alexey Khlebnikov, an expert on the Middle East and Russian foreign policy, comments on the situation and its possible implications.