France was decided not to deliver the first of two helicopter carriers to Russia for now because of Moscow's actions in eastern Ukraine, the French president's office said on Wednesday.
Not long ago, someone asked me about President Obama’s foreign policy “legacy.” I was startled by the question. There are two whole years left, I told my interlocutor; it’s way too early. She seemed surprised that I was surprised: “Can he really do anything significant in only two years?”
Why did Putin, who had refused to call the fighters of Novorossiya to peace since June, do that? There are two reasons. The first one is obvious: on September 4th the NATO Summit starts in Wales, and the EU promised to determine the sanctions against Russia on September 5th. This tactics of Putin has been known for a long time. Having bitten Ukraine, it backs, waits till the West starts yelling “he’ll gorge it” and replies in panic: "oh, please, it was just a joke, which will never happen again ", and when the West breathes out freely, he bites again.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the first publicly held presidential elections in the first round, albeit with a narrow margin of 1.7 per cent. In the aftermath of the elections, Erdogan and the AK Party have chosen to delay the debates on the shift of power as it relates to the government and to the leadership of the party. Yet just before leaving office, Erdogan has determined his successor as Ahmet Davutoglu. Even though Erdogan is leaving the office of the Prime Ministry, it is argued in different circles that he will try to use the powers vested in him by the constitution to their limits and will not avoid acting as a proprietor of executive power. In this sense, until the general elections in June 2015, blurred lines between the use of power of the prime minister and the president may be observed. Some have even begun to term this interim period as the de facto presidential system.
Which country has emerged as a winner in the Ukraine crisis?
The comments of Amirkhan Omarov, an expert in Turkey.
NATO leaders opened a high-stakes summit in Wales Thursday, confronted by the Islamic State advance in the Mideast and Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.
Complete nuclear disarmament is a dangerous chimera. For three fundamental reasons, pursuing this theoretically laudable goal would likely produce a more dangerous world.
Germany still believes that diplomacy is key to solving the crisis in Ukraine. The German position isn't, however, very hopeful.
For each country the adoption of its main law has particular importance. Nineteen years ago, on August 30, 1995, the people of the newly-independent former Soviet state of Kazakhstan voted for a new central governing document in a referendum.