Turkey, Russia discuss details of Monitoring Center on Karabakh – Turkish Defense Minister
By TrendThe dialogue with the Russian Federation on the technical aspects of the Monitoring Center on Karabakh continues in accordance with the schedule, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said, Trend reports.Akar recalled that following the trilateral statements on Karabakh, a memorandum was signed between the heads of the defense departments of Turkey and the Russian Federation on the establishment of a Monitoring Center in Azerbaijan.—Follow us on Twitter @AzerNewsAz
Editorial: After 19 years, bring troops in Afghanistan home
Given President Donald Trump's habit of making weighty decisions based on whims, the national security establishment's pushback against his plan to bring home 2,000 of the 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 500 of the 3,000 in Iraq by Jan. 15 is understandable. A speedy drawdown of troops in such unstable areas may seem as dumb and dangerous as the president's recent rash talk of bombing Iran on his way out the door. For one thing, Trump should leave massive foreign policy changes for when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. For another, Trump should be far more focused on the war against...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Belarus Protests Have Explosive Potential for EU-Russia Relations
The Belarusian revolution is far from over, and there are at least three scenarios in which the EU and Russia won’t be able to keep their differences over Belarus from escalating from the current moderate competition into an open geopolitical crisis like that seen in Ukraine.Belarus has been engulfed by protests ever since the contested presidential election back in August, and whatever happens, it seems things cannot ever just go back to the way they were, with President Alexander Lukashenko ruling indefinitely. Yet the reaction of the West, above all the European Union, differs greatly from ...
The Moscow Times
Moscow opens massive ice-skating rink despite rising infection rates
One of Europe's biggest ice-skating rinks has opened for the winter season, albeit with some restrictions. Despite the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Russia, a 20,000-square-metre rink has opened at Moscow's WDNCh exhibition grounds, organizers announced.Muscovites can also skate in many other parks throughout the city in the coming weeks.Moscow is among several cities around the world cautiously proceeding with winter rituals, although festive highlights for the public around Christmas are notably more scaled-back elsewhere.In New York, the world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree h...
Russia condemns killing of Iranian nuclear scientist
Russia on Monday condemned the murder of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, reports Anadolu Agency.In a statement, the Foreign Ministry described the incident as a "provocative terrorist act aimed at destabilising the situation and fueling a potential conflict in the region".The stability and security of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region is a constant priority of the Russian Federation. Our efforts and initiatives within the United Nations, on other international platforms, and in bilateral relations with the states of the region are aimed at its implementation,it said.It ...
The Middle East Monitor
Time for Moscow to Move on and Stop Thinking so Much About Washington
As we shoulder our way through the avalanche of “what will Biden mean for Russia” speculation, it is striking that these come as often from Russian as Western sources. And of course, the future of this relationship is important but the tone of Russian commentary says as much about the problematic way the country it views itself as what may happen in the U.S.Of course, American discussions of Russia are often hyperbolic and blinkered — for too long, to talk about Russia inside the Washington Beltway was as much as anything else to be talking about Donald Trump, and whether you believed he was a...
The Moscow Times
Russia’s Private Investor Boom Spooks Regulators
Russian retail investors are finally investing in stocks as they look for better returns following the steady fall of bank interest rates over recent years — but the Central Bank is worried that risks for the financial sector are rising as a result.After decades of high inflation — and high bank deposit rates — sustained interest rate cuts by the Central Bank have brought the country’s key rate to a record low of 4.25%. The cuts mean bank deposits — which long offered high interest rates to Russians looking to protect the value of their savings against inflation, which regularly hit double dig...
The Moscow Times
QAnon Gains Traction in Russia
Ever since the U.S. presidential election was called for Joe Biden, Tatiana Abdullina has been watching the twists and turns of outgoing President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results from her home in Volchansk, a town of 10,000 in Russia’s Ural Mountains. The mother of four is convinced the legal manoeuvres will be successful, and that Trump will remain president after Jan. 20.“I hope that Trump’s victory will help the whole world,” she told The Moscow Times in an interview conducted over the social network VKontakte. “Not just with this so-called pandemic, but with other issues too...
The Moscow Times
Filip Bondy: Diego Maradona: The brilliant highs and tragic lows of a soccer genius
Diego Maradona died on Wednesday near Buenos Aires at the age of 60 from an apparent heart attack, and really it is a wonder that this volatile genius lasted even that long on Earth. Those of us who covered his career, who watched in awe as he created divine goals while fighting internal demons, were forever concerned for the great athlete’s health and welfare.It was that way, back at the World Cup in the summer of 1994, when Argentina was about to play Bulgaria at the Cotton Bowl. Word came to journalists, just six hours before the match, that Maradona would not be permitted to play. He had b...
New York Daily News
Martin Schram: Talking tough about truth
Those of us who are used to covering the high-flying first days of America’s most-promising presidents-elect reflexively shift into wait-and-see skeptic mode when they effusively introduce their new Cabinet advisers to the world.Every new team sounds super special, to hear their new boss tell it. Richard Nixon regaled us at length about his belief that each nominee had an “extra dimension.” (And we know how that turned out.) So of course it sounded reassuring and spot-on when President-elect Joe Biden introduced his team of very experienced national security careerists on Tuesday, in Wilmingto...
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