Russia on Thursday rejected accusations that Moscow had bombed moderate rebel factions fighting President Bashar al-Assad instead of Islamic State fighters and had hit civilians..
On October 4–6, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, will be in Brussels for a long-planned visit to Belgium. The trip occurs in the midst of a major international crisis, as Russia is getting in on the act in Syria and asylum seekers continue to surge toward Europe. The visit also comes at a very troubled time in Turkey, where on November 1 a parliamentary election will be held amid a spiral of violence and a sharp deterioration of the rule of law.
Russia's Federation Council has granted Vladimir Putin permission to deploy troops abroad. Though Putin did not specify where he might send the troops, he is mulling airstrikes against the "Islamic State" group in Syria.
Catalonia's president Artur Mas Wednesday accused the Spanish government of suing him because its "pride was hurt" by his bids to let his region vote on independence from Spain..
Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu urged the international community on Monday to step up efforts to address the refugee crisis which has uprooted thousands from their homes and forced them to flee to surrounding countries and Europe..
Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh are reported to be bickering about how many of their soldiers had been killed in recent clashes, stoking fears of a wider conflict breaking out in the South Caucasus.
While Russia’s stated goal in moving into Syria is to fight the Islamic State, NATO’s top commander believes Russia’s new presence includes the first pieces of an intricate layer of defensive systems deployed to hinder U.S. and coalition operations in the region.
President Vladimir Putin is heading to New York to address the United Nations with a strong hand, while his United States counterpart, Barack Obama, seems weak and indecisive. According to Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, the summit with Obama on September 28 will be dominated by the Syrian crisis. US leadership in the Middle East has been put into question by Russia’s actions and possible troop deployments in Syria, leaving US allies increasingly in disagreement (Top.rbc.ru, September 24).
In January 2015, Armenia became an official member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), having refused to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. Armenia has no common borders with the Customs Union member states; therefore, its EEU accession treaty includes a special procedure for the transportation of freights between foreign countries and the EEU member states. So far the country has a limited representation in the Eurasian Economic Commission and will enjoy preferential customs duty rates until 2022.
The member-states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) have a similar vision of events in the world and tend to the same principles of solving global problems despite the recurring disagreements between them. Such conclusions can be drawn following the statements made by the EEU leaders at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.