French President François Hollande was set to hold talks on Thursday with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to rally his support behind global efforts to forge a grand coalition against Islamic State jihadists in the wake of the Paris attacks. The meeting takes place against a backdrop of diplomatic tensions between Russia and Turkey over a downed Russian jet by Turkish military this week.
Certain Serbian media should find “some other rumors” to pass their time with, instead of reporting about alleged “special” American support to Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Zorana Mihajlovic, United States Ambassador to Serbia said today.
Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
The prospects for implementing the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project have always been questionable. However, after the incident with the Russian warplane that has been recently shot down by the Turkish Air Force, all hopes for the project implementation came to naught.
For the second year in a row spending on research and innovation in China exceed 2% of China's GDP. Such data are contained in the statistical summary, prepared jointly by the State Statistical Office, Ministry of Science and the Ministry of Finance of the China.
Oil and gas industry are waiting for hard times: after the fall in world oil prices will face a forced reduction in production and gas industry is waiting for the decline in exports to Europe. Total gas consumption in Europe will decrease, not increase as hoped in "Gazprom". Big problems can arise when building new export routes - such as the "Nord Stream-2".
The terrorist attacks in Paris, in the center of Europe-- new benchmark for history. The point, after which the world must radically change the rules of the global behavior. Erase all border disputes and conflicts and unite against a common, the most important threat - terrorism.
On Tuesday, Turkish forces shot down a Russian Su-24 fighter jet near the Syrian border, claiming that they had repeatedly warned the plane about airspace violation. However, Russia insists that it received no warning, did not violate Turkey's airspace and was hit by the missile while flying over Syria.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday that Turkey did not want any escalation after it shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, saying it had simply acted to defend its own security and the "rights of our brothers" in Syria, as Turkey's foreign minister phoned his Russian counterpart to discuss the incident.
The main condition for intensive development of the Turkmen economy is to draw foreign capital in oil and gas industry and modern technologies for the development of hydrocarbon resources, especially in the Caspian Sea.
Should the Republic of Montenegro be invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization? That question has now been posed and the Alliance is expected to answer it sometime later this year.
Omirtai Bitimov has served as Kazakh Ambassador in Afghanistan since June 2011. He is a career diplomat and a veteran of the national security service, having served as head of Kazakhstan’s foreign intelligence.
Russia is pursuing a twin-track policy in Syria. Its airstrikes are continuing at a high tempo, and continue to hit a wide range of anti-Assad forces on the ground. At the same time recent reports suggest a Russian backed Syrian peace plan is circulating at the United Nations. The two elements of the policy are linked. Russian warplanes are being used to demonstrate that Assad will not be allowed to fall but also to strengthen his constituency’s hand in the peace talks to follow. The west should now learn from what Russia is doing and apply greater military pressure of its own while biting the bullet on negotiating with Assad.
Security, the rule of law and the fight against corruption are the main targets that the US is focusing its efforts on in Romania. And these were some of the topics of discussion today between American Ambassador in Romania Hans Klemm and the new Romanian prime-minister Dacian Ciolos (photo). Ambassador Klemm visited the prime minister at Victoria palace, the Government’s seat, just a few days after he and his team of ministers were confirmed by the vote of the Parliament.
Both Serbia and NATO would benefit from closer cooperation, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday (20 November 2015) after talks with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić and other senior government officials in Belgrade. Mr. Stoltenberg said his visit was part of “a fresh start” in relations between NATO and Serbia. “This is more important than ever since we face many common security challenges,” said the Secretary General. “Cooperation is a win-win. Working together keeps Serbian people safe and it keeps people in Allied nations safe too,” he said.