Why Erdogan Came to Sochi?

On Wednesday, Turkish President Erdogan came to Sochi for talks with President Putin. Later in May, the Turkish leader is scheduled to visit the US for talks with Donald Trump. Commenting on the results of the negotiations in Russia, political scientist Gevorg Mirzayan suggests that Erdogan has put his country up for bid between Trump … Continue reading Why Erdogan Came to Sochi?

Finance – China Opens Moscow Clearing Bank for Handling Transactions in Yuan

The establishment of a clearing bank in Moscow for handling transactions in Chinese yuan is an important step facilitating more bilateral trade and investment Russia and China are developing their economic co-operation with the establishment of a clearing center in Moscow for operations in Chinese yuan. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) officially started operating as a Chinese renminbi clearing … Continue reading Finance – China Opens Moscow Clearing Bank for Handling Transactions in Yuan

Defence – Opinion – China, Russia cozy up with arms deals, military drills

Setting aside more than a decade of niggles, Moscow and Beijing find common cause in fending off US containment is strong enough to rekindle ties By Bill Gertz   After curbing arms transfers and cooling military ties more than a decade ago, China and Russia are increasing joint exercises and stepping up sales of advanced weaponry … Continue reading Defence – Opinion – China, Russia cozy up with arms deals, military drills

Kissinger – “Triangular Diplomacy” Mk 2?

US political scientist and former diplomat Henry Kissinger has endorsed Trump's pragmatic approach toward Russia. However, there are questions as to what really lies behind Kissinger's turn toward Moscow and whether the US establishment will lend its sympathetic ear to Kissinger's advice or continue to throw sand in Trump's gears   Henry Kissinger, former US … Continue reading Kissinger – “Triangular Diplomacy” Mk 2?

Putin summit with Abe

  by Ayako Mie Staff Writer Source: The Japan Times   Long-awaited summit talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin were set to kick off on Thursday at a hot spring resort in the prime minister’s home prefecture of Yamaguchi. Still, the onsen rapprochement is unlikely to produce a major breakthrough in … Continue reading Putin summit with Abe