The full liberation of Aleppo will strengthen the position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and lift the spirit of the Syrians who struggle for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Arab Republic, a French political scientist believes. Meanwhile, Russia's consistent strategy in Syria received praise from many of the regional players.
The Chinese are brilliant strategists and they have already worked out a plan B on how to deal with the "unpredictable" US President-elect Trump, Tom McGregor, Commentator and Editor at China Network Television told Radio Sputnik, adding that the selection of Iowa Gov. Branstad for US Ambassador to China sends a positive signal to Beijing.
The struggle to liberate Aleppo is the centerpiece of the Russo-Syrian counter-terrorism operation in Syria, Husnu Mahalli, a Turkish expert on Middle Eastern affairs, told Sputnik. After having liberated Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army is likely to advance on Idlib and al-Bab, the expert asserts.
The lists of alleged "fake news" sites being disseminated by the Washington Post and other corporate media outlets as well as bureaucrats at the US Department of State are a direct threat to continued freedom of speech in the United States, US analysts told Sputnik.
From the very beginning Washington opposed Ankara's military operations in Syria, retired Turkish Air Force Lt. Gen. Erdogan Karakus told Sputnik. According to Karakus it's in Turkey's national interests to team up closely with Russia, Damascus in Syria.
Just when we thought it could not get any worse for a British establishment that has been floundering around in a perfidious swamp of dishonor when it comes to its foreign policy in recent times, up pops the new head of MI6 in the shape of Alex Younger with an opening speech in his new role to prove us wrong.
Commenting on the West's threats to impose sanctions on Russia over Syria, former Canadian diplomat Patrick Armstrong told Radio Sputnik that Western leaders are panicking because they "don't have a plan B in Syria." The Western establishment has yet to understand that the global trend has changed, the analyst noted.
The latest Sputnik.Polls survey has indicated growing skepticism about the US' role as a world leader among Europeans. Speaking to Sputnik, Spanish expert Pere Ortega and Turkish analyst Mehmet Ali Guller shed light on the reasons why the 21st century has not become the era of American dominance.
Carter Page's December trip to Moscow has prompted a lively debate about the genuine purpose of the visit of US President-elect Donald Trump's former foreign policy advisor to Russia. Page's major goals are to test the water and, possibly, to start building bridges, Russian political analyst Dmitry Abzalov told Radio Sputnik.
Terry Branstad's selection as US ambassador to China signals that US President-elect Donald Trump attaches great importance to the US-China relationship, Russian academic Alexander Larin told Sputnik. For his turn, Chinese expert Liu Jianyong remarked that Trump needs some help to understand China better.
The Syrian army, backed by Russian warplanes, and an array of allied militias, is now in control of over 70% of the East Aleppo pocket. Although the complete liberation of Aleppo is inevitable, pro-government forces are in need of further improvements to help them score a decisive, nation-wide victory in a reasonable timeframe.
Although US President-elect Donald Trump has signaled willingness to establish a stable basis for US-Russian bilateral relations, the US establishment and NATO are likely to throw a wrench in the works, James W. Carden, former advisor to the US-Russia Presidential Commission at the US State Department, believes.
There is more to Thai activist Jatupat's infamous Facebook post than meets the eye, geopolitical analyst Tony Cartalucci told Sputnik, adding that Jatupat belongs to a Western-backed group of "student activists" engaged in undermining the Thai government. Cartalucci noted that the group's activities can be traced back to Soros's Open Society.
US President-elect Donald Trump's "unpredictability" has prompted growing concerns among the US' longstanding allies and partners in both Europe and Asia. However, Beijing remains calm and unwavering regardless of Trump's tough rhetoric toward China.
While experts predict that gold prices will continue to slide in 2017, Russia and China are increasing their holdings of the precious metal at a growing pace. What lies behind this gold-buying spree?
The killing and wounding of Russian medical personnel in a rocket attack on a military field hospital in Aleppo raises again the question of who is actively lending support to the terrorists in Syria, people depicted in the West as 'moderates' in a monstrous inversion of the truth.
Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has thrown his hat in the ring as presidential candidate from the Left. Valls, whom French journalist Christine Bierre dubbed "a more energetic Atlanticist version of Francois Hollande," aims to unify France's Left discouraged by the swift rise of the Right.
Following the downfall of Italian PM Matteo Renzi, several scenarios of what will happen next are on the table. Italian MEP Marco Zanni and geopolitical expert Dr. Daniele Scalea told Sputnik about the possibility of 'Greece 2.0' style crisis and the powerplay between Italy's interim government, the EU and the international creditors.
Because of nation-wide fighting in Syria for the past few years, journalists have had little access to the country. As a result, unofficial networks and sources have played a large role in relaying developments in Syria to the international community. Many of these groups have manipulated events in Syria to suit their own political agendas.
Donald Trump's decision to establish direct contact with Taiwan via a telephone conversation with the breakaway territory's president, Tsai Ing-wen, has predictably gone down like a lead balloon in Beijing. Question is: does the president-elect care?
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