The most consistent feature of the contemporary Middle East has been and continues to be Iran’s role in regional crises.
Is the West’s growing appetite for cobalt, a metal vital for electric cars, causing birth defects in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
The foreboding in Moscow of a new escalation of tensions with the West has given way to feelings of almost disappointing anticlimax.
In a high-profile interview with Rossiya state TV, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Moscow is ready to “sever relations with the European Union.”
The West and Russia are both worse off for their efforts to try to weaken each other. This competition will only end when one side feels it is losing the race.
This crisis is dangerous because it threatens sovereignty of many nations, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova noted
Overt Western threats in the Navalny affair risk having a paradoxical effect on Russian civil society: with every subsequent demand from Brussels or Washington, leniency on Navalny is further tarred with the politically toxic brush of Western appeasement.
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from diverse sectors—think tanks, academia, government, and the
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