Russia looks to boost trade with India via North-South corridor

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Once carried out, the project of the International North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC) will contribute to the economic partnership between Moscow and New Delhi as it tackles long distance, which has been holding these relations back, Amarendra Parida, the spokesman of the Indian Embassy in Russia, said Tuesday.  “We recognize that geography is a factor. Both […]

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أغسطس 10th, 2017

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KIRKUK-BANIYAS: THE FORGOTTEN PIPELINE

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The Kirkuk-Baniyas pipeline is a crude oil pipeline, connecting the Iraqi oil field of Kirkuk to the Syrian port city of Baniyas. The pipeline was commissioned in 1952, was 800 km long it had the capacity of transporting up to 300 000 barrels per day. The pipeline was crucial for the Syrian-Iraqi relations, no matter […]

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أغسطس 3rd, 2017

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What Poland Wants From Trump

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Emily Tamkin U.S. President Donald Trump will travel to Warsaw, Poland this week, just days before he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany for the G-20. The Polish government will likely have a clear message for Trump about Russia. “The threat that Russia poses cannot be overstated,” Ambassador Piotr Wilczek told reporters […]

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Understanding the Chinese-Russian alliance

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ALEXANDER MERCOURIS The summit meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Putin in advance of the G20 meeting in Hamburg is the latest expression of the Chinese-Russian alliance which is reshaping the modern world. As my colleague Adam Garrie has rightly written, the meetings yesterday and today in Moscow between Presidents Xi Jinping […]

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US Policy Toward Diplomatic Row Over Qatar Shows Rifts in Trump Administration

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Approaches of US politicians, including President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, to the ongoing diplomatic row between Qatar and a number of mostly Arab countries show that there are certain divisions on the issue within the US administration, experts told Sputnik. © FLICKR/ EXPERTINFANTRY US Senator to Withhold Consent on GCC Arms […]

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يوليو 6th, 2017

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Is America No Longer the Middle East’s Greatest Power?

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WHEN RUSSIA launched a dramatic military intervention in Syria in fall 2015, it stunned the world and announced its return to the Middle East. Its move also surprised American policymakers, who had not long before worked with Russia in an effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons and expressed hope that such cooperation might […]

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مارس 3rd, 2017

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The Donald Trump Cabinet

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The Senate approved Ben Carson to serve as secretary of housing and urban development, and Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy on Thursday. Ben Carson and Rick Perry, you may now start your jobs. The Senate on Thursday confirmed the two former Republican presidential candidates to serve in President Trump’s Cabinet after a […]

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Russia, Turkey: Cooperating to End Syrian Nightmare

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As a new round of Syria peace talks kicks off in Geneva, the Islamic State (IS) extremist group suffered a major defeat. Turkey’s military confirmed on February 24, that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) backed by Turkish military had captured Al Bab, a major stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) in northern Syria, following two and […]

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Slovenia Offers to Host Russia-US Summit

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On February 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with President of Slovenia Borut Pahor, who was in Russia on an official visit. The leaders exchanged views on key regional and international issues and signed a host of documents to boost the cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations. Putin visited Slovenia in July to confer for hours in private with President Pahor. […]

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مارس 1st, 2017

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Russian Air Defense Systems Protect American Military

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The United Arab Emirates has deployed the AN/TPY-2 radar along with its THAAD battery operating near the coast. In 2011, the UAE became the first international customer to procure the advanced missile defense system designed to intercept short-range, medium-range, and some intermediate-range ballistic missiles from the United States. The initial contract included 48 missiles, 9 transporter erector launchers (TELs) and […]

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مارس 1st, 2017

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Russia: Workhorses Protecting Against Terrorist Threat

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Russian Su-24M and Su-25M aircraft have been recently deployed to Ayni Air Base, Tajikistan. The planes will hold exercises with the 20th infantry brigade stationed in that country in accordance with the bilateral agreement to last till 2042. This relocation appears to be a precautionary measure against the background of worsening situation in Afghanistan. Su-24M and Su-25M […]

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مارس 1st, 2017

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Russia – UAE Sign Breakthrough Military Deal

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed an outline agreement to buy Russian aircraft. It also plans to implement a joint project with Russia to develop a next-generation fighter that could enter service in seven or eight years. According to Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, who led the Russian delegation at the IDEX 2017 exhibition, […]

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مارس 1st, 2017

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China, U.S. agree to enhance all-level exchanges, broaden cooperation

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — China and the U.S. on Tuesday expressed the willingness to enhance dialogues and exchanges on all levels with an aim to broaden cooperation in regional and global affairs. The two sides reaffirmed the pledge during a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and visiting Chinese State Councilor Yang […]

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مارس 1st, 2017

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UN Security Council fails to adopt resolution on Syria sanctions

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — The UN Security Council on Tuesday failed to adopt a draft resolution aiming to impose sanctions over alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria as Russia and China vetoed it. For the resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States, nine council members voted in favor. Two veto-wielding […]

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Team Trump finally brings realism to US Mideast policy

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If you buy most of the initial media coverage, the Trump White House just rebuked Israel on West Bank settlements — much as the Obama crew did on its way out. That’s almost perfectly wrong. Yes, spokesman Sean Spicer did say, “The construction of new settlements . . . may not be helpful” in reaching peace. This […]

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