Inconsistency has come to define U.S.-Russia relations in the Trump era. That trend may be coming to an end.
To ensure security, Central Asian countries need to strengthen cooperation within region and beyond, scholar says
Central Asia is a historically important region comprised of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Mongolia, the north-western part of China and some regions of the Russian Federation are also designated as part of the Central Asian region. Geographically it is located between Europe and Asia, rapidly-developing China with a population of almost 1.5 billion, Middle Eastern countries and Russia.
The result of the upcoming French election will either force the EU to take a giant step backwards or rejuvenate it.
Iran and Ukraine signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost economic cooperation.
Russia's intervention in Syria has provided Putin with a laboratory to test his country's cruise missiles.
The Netherlands has withdrawn landing rights for a plane carrying a Turkish government minister who wanted to address a rally in support of a controversial referendum giving more power to the president.
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.
Another meeting on the Syrian settlement could possibly take place in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana on March 14-15, while its format and level are being discussed, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said.
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has said he is open to having “constructive cooperation” with Russia, and “break the impasse” between the two countries.
European Union leaders meeting in Brussels on March 9 confirmed Poland’s former Prime Minister Donald Tusk for his second term as the president of the European Council.