Kateqoriya arxivləri: Russian foreign policy

Azerbaijan, Armenia and the Eurasian Economic Union: A Risky Game or an Opportunity?

The Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.; Photo credit: Sputnik Agency
The Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.; Photo credit: Sputnik Agency

No. 3, Jan.-Feb. 2017 » UNCOVER story

The regional economic integration within the globalized world has been recognized as an important driver for economic growth and job creation. Hence, free trade is one of the essential points for future regional economic development that would lead to a more productive and competitive economic structure. In this respect, the Eurasian Economic Union, which came into force in 2015, aims to establish a single regional market with the elimination of all customs barriers between its Member States. Even though a number of Post-Soviet countries have already become members of the EEU, Azerbaijan has managed to maintain its neutral position in this regard. Oxumağa davam et Azerbaijan, Armenia and the Eurasian Economic Union: A Risky Game or an Opportunity?

Forgotten lessons of Libyan War

Photo Credit: Associated Press
Photo Credit: Associated Press

Since the emergence of ‘failed states’ in the Middle East and North Africa region driven by the so-called “Arab Spring” events, Russia has actively endeavoured to expand its influence across the region. In Libya – the country, which has suffered from bloody sectarian wars since 2011 and thus, became a terrorist haven, seemingly is a new target of Russian expansion. This expansion is driven by its economic interests as a major oil producer and supplier of arms, and by history.

Today Libya is a failed state. Western military intervention has caused all of the worst scenarios: nearly all embassies have closed, the south of the country has become a training camp for ISIS terrorists, and the northern coast a centre for migrant trafficking. Amid all these tensions and political instability, general-lieutenant Khalifa Haftar pretends to be the long-awaited strongman, who is able to end six-year long anarchy and chaos in Libya. General Haftar, who once was fighting alongside Muammar Qaddafi but then opposed his regime, now enjoys the full support of Russia in his fight against radical terrorist groups. Oxumağa davam et Forgotten lessons of Libyan War

Will the Oil Producing Giants’ Rare Cooperation Last?

On November 30, OPEC secured a cut in oil production from 33.8 million barrels a day (b/d) to 32.5 million b/d. As cheap oil from the global oil glut created budgetary shortfalls in oil-producing countries across the world, the severe economic challenges facing petro-states led to this special agreement, which is OPEC’s first to cut oil output since 2008, and the first time that non-OPEC Russia will back the cartel’s cuts to prop up prices since 2001. This unexpected decision sparked a huge rally in the price of both oil and gasoline. Given the state of regional turmoil from Syria to Yemen, however, it is legitimate to ask if politics will cause the agreement to fall apart in 2017.

The agreement was designed to reduce the production in global oil markets. It was successful despite pessimistic forecasts leading up to last month’s meeting in Vienna.After all, OPEC’s April 2016 meeting, held in Doha, ended with no deal, as member countries did not reach any consensus on the level of oil production. Iran participated in private talks led by Qatar, which currently holds the Oxumağa davam et Will the Oil Producing Giants’ Rare Cooperation Last?

Endless crisis of Great powers in Syria

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Right aftermath, when Russia has deployed its S-300 and S-400 long-range missile systems in its naval base in Tartus, some concerns were raised as it may be seen as a new phase of US – Russian confrontation in the Middle East.  Defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that the purpose of the system was to guarantee the security of the base from the air. The move comes amid growing tension with the West.  This makes it first time Russia has deployed S-300 missile system outside its borders. Oxumağa davam et Endless crisis of Great powers in Syria

Does Russia play its own game in Syria?

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A new Syrian peace agreement is ambitious, full of pitfalls and the best hope for a resumption of the ceasefire and peace talks in Syria. The kernel of the agreement reached after 13 hours of talks in Geneva after confidential meeting of J. Kerry and S. Lavrov, is a staged ceasefire, a reopening of humanitarian aid, followed by a grounding of the Syrian air force in those areas dominated by opposition fighters recognized by the west.

When the long-awaited peace has been agreed by the U.S and Russian authorities, many thought that it would be the turning point for all fighting sides in the shadow of the endless bloodshed in Syria. In the aftermath, the U.S and Russia had reached an agreement, unexpected U.S air strike killed approximately 60 soldiers of the government troops. The situation has worsened when the UN’s humanitarian convoy delivering food relief to a rebel-held area near Aleppo, was targeted during the airstrike. Oxumağa davam et Does Russia play its own game in Syria?

О чем будут говорить Путин и Эрдоган в Санкт-Петербурге?

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Пока международное сообщество начало привыкать к российско-турецкой конфронтации, неудачная попытка военного переворота в Турции ускорила процесс нормализации, который официально начался с письма президента Турции Реджеп Эрдогана его коллеге Владимиру Путину в конце июня 2016 г.

Как известно, кризис в двусторонних отношениях начался 24 ноября 2105 г., со сбитием российского истребителя Су-24 на границе с Сирией. Впоследствии Анкара извинилась за инцидент и допустила причастность сбивших Oxumağa davam et О чем будут говорить Путин и Эрдоган в Санкт-Петербурге?

S. Lavrov Bakıya niyə gəlir?

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Rusiya xarici işlər naziri Sergey Lavrovun Bakıya rəsmi səfəri bu gün başlayır.

Ehtimal ki, cənab Lavrovun Bakıya rəsmi səfəri həm Sankt-Peterburqda keçirilən Dağlıq Qarabağa həsr edilmiş sammitin nəticələrinin yenidən müzakirəsi, həm də Vladimir Putinin gözlənilən avqust səfəri ilə bağlı olacaq.

Rəsmi Moskvanın təşəbbüsü ilə keçirilən Sankt-Peterburq sammitində Dağlıq Qarabağ ətrafında yenidən alovlanan münaqişə müzakirə edilib. Azərbaycan və Ermənistan dövlət başçılarının da iştirak etdiyi görüşün detalları hələ də tam olaraq ictimaiyyətə açıqlanmayıb. Oxumağa davam et S. Lavrov Bakıya niyə gəlir?