All too often, Russian policy in the Middle East is perceived as tied mainly or exclusively to Syria and its ongoing civil war. But in fact, Moscow has long sought to expand its influence across the entire region; its intervention in Syria, in turn, has greatly heightened Russia’s ability and willingness to conduct that regional policy. That said, there has been relatively little foreign recognition of the country’s actual advances into the Gulf to date, even though Moscow has all along been using the traditional instruments of Russian diplomacy: arms sales, energy deals, clever and persistent diplomacy and, of course, force or the threat of its use.
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has said he is open to having “constructive cooperation” with Russia, and “break the impasse” between the two countries.
Joint press point with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Prime Minister of Estonia, Juri Ratas
So Prime Minister Ratas, welcome to NATO headquarters....
The European Court of Justice has ruled that refugees do not have to be granted humanitarian visas to the EU. The ECJ's top adviser had called for EU states to provide papers if people were at certain risk of torture.
The European Parliament has passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the reintroduction of visa requirements for American citizens, raising the stakes in a long-running battle over the United States’ refusal to grant visa-free access to citizens of five European Union countries.
Moscow and Ankara have great expectations from the meeting of presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, scheduled for March 9-10 in Moscow, Prof. Dr. Salih Yilmaz of the Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University told .
The members of the Eurasian Economic Commission Council approved the agenda of the upcoming meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, which will be held on March 7 in Bishkek.
The US president has taken the opportunity at the conservative conference to double-down on his policy agenda. The self-proclaimed billionaire has singled out Europe, criticizing Sweden, France and Germany.
The Latvian prime minister said during the conversation that he sees possibilities to expand the existing trade ties and that Latvia is interested in attracting Canadian investment in areas like information and communication technology, transport and logistics.
Lithuania will seek that sanctions for Russia are continued until it "withdraws from the illegally occupied territory of Ukraine," Lithuania's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, marking three years of occupation of Crimea.