Vedomosti: What to expect from the upcoming Putin-Merkel meeting On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, where the two leaders intend to hash over political and economic issues, Vedomosti reports. Germany has kept sanctions against Russia in place, imposed after the 2014 reunification with Crimea. However, Continue Reading
Kommersant: Russia opposes ban of fully autonomous combat systems Russia is ready to support the proposal of France and Germany to adopt a political declaration in the UN that would emphasize the importance of maintaining human control over autonomous weapons systems, sources told Kommersant. This initiative will be discussed in late August in Geneva by representatives of Continue Reading
  Kommersant: Can former empires Russia, Turkey and Germany unite against the US? Sanctions imposed by Washington on Russia and Turkey, along with trade tariffs against the European Union and Turkey, have triggered the political rapprochement between Moscow, Ankara and Berlin, Kommersant writes. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Continue Reading
Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Can Russia and Turkey agree on Idlib? Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov began his two-day visit to Ankara, which includes participating in the meeting of the Turkish ambassadors and negotiations with his colleague Mevlut Cavusoglu. On Tuesday, the ministers are going to discuss preparations for a meeting of the leaders of Russia, Turkey, Germany Continue Reading
Kommersant: Skripal saga sending new ripples across the pond Analysts doubt the efficiency of a new wave of sanctions against Moscow announced by Washington on Wednesday, which is now connected with Russia’s alleged involvement in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the British city of Salisbury, Kommersant writes on Thursday. The new package will completely ban Continue Reading
  Izvestia: Trumped-up evidence used in court battles against Russia The practice of creating fake news and presenting it to the public through reputable media is part of the system of bringing official charges against a particular country, which is being actively used in international courts, Queen's Counsel from Brick Court Chambers Michael Swainston, who presents Continue Reading
  Izvestia: Trumped-up evidence used in court battles against Russia The practice of creating fake news and presenting it to the public through reputable media is part of the system of bringing official charges against a particular country, which is being actively used in international courts, Queen's Counsel from Brick Court Chambers Michael Swainston, who presents Continue Reading
Kommersant: What the new US round of sanctions against Iran entails The first package of American restrictive measures against Tehran in the wake of Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has come into effect. The sanctions reimposed by the US have been approved by Israel, while the European Union said the decision was regrettable. All large corporations Continue Reading
Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russia preparing ‘crushing response’ to US sanctions ‘bill from hell’ Moscow is ready for the bill introduced by US senators on measures against the Kremlin elite and on banning transactions related to Russia’s new sovereign debt, Chairman of the Russian State Duma’s (lower house) Financial Markets Committee Anatoly Aksakov told Nezavisimaya Gazeta. Continue Reading
Kommersant: US senators unveil ‘crushing’ penalties against Moscow A group of senators from the US Republican Party and the Democratic Party has introduced a bill on new sanctions against Russia accusing it of continuing to meddle in the US election, creating chaos in Syria and aggression in Crimea, Kommersant writes. While acknowledging that the previous sanctions have Continue Reading
Kommersant: Moscow angered by Armenia’s crackdown on CSTO chief The new Armenian authorities’ decision to prosecute former leaders has driven a wedge into Moscow’s relations with Yerevan and may set the two countries at loggerheads even more, Kommersant writes. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s government has launched a criminal investigation against former senior Continue Reading
Kommersant: Three Russian reporters murdered in Central Africa Republic amid nationwide crime wave Russia’s Investigative Committee is pressing criminal charges over the murder of three Russian citizens, journalist Okhran Dzhemal, cameraman Kirill Radchenko and director Alexander Rastorguyev, in the Central African Republic made public late on Tuesday, according to Continue Reading
  Rossiyskaya Gazeta: US aiming to cobble together ‘Arab NATO’ for new Mideast strategy The White House is setting up a new military and political alliance in the Middle East, Rossiyskaya Gazeta wrote on Tuesday. According to the strategy, six Sunni states in the Persian Gulf (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar), Egypt and Jordan will Continue Reading
Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Unity between Astana peace guarantors on the rocks The United States doubts that the "Astana trio" of Syrian ceasefire guarantors (Russia, Turkey and Iran) will be able to continue work to resolve the Syrian crisis, a State Department source told Nezavisimaya Gazeta in the run-up to another high-level meeting, which kicks off in Russia’s Black Sea Continue Reading
Media: BRICS summit agenda dominated by global trade challenges The first day of the Johannesburg-hosted tenth BRICS summit has demonstrated that the integration of the world’ biggest emerging economies can tackle the most challenging threats to global peace and stability. Given that this year’s conference is taking place amid an unprecedented surge in US protectionism, Continue Reading