19:43 GMT +320 July 2017
Live

    Opinion

    • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg walk before a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, July 10, 2017.
      Last update: 20:22 11.07.2017
      20:22 11.07.2017

      NATO Membership as Carrot on a Stick for Ukraine

      Although Kiev is signaling that it is about to start discussing the Membership Action Plan (MAP) with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Ukraine's prospects for NATO membership remain as bleak as ever, Russian military analyst Alexei Leonkov said in an interview with RT.

      1804
    • Muammar al-Gaddafi, leader of Libya accorded the honorifics Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. (File)
      Last update: 17:51 11.07.2017
      17:51 11.07.2017

      Why Europe Doesn't Feel Right Without Gaddafi

      It appears that Brussels is about to pin its hopes on Libyan National Army Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who has recently liberated Benghazi from Islamists, Radio Sputnik contributor Vladimir Bychkov noted. In contrast to other Libyan "leaders" Haftar has real power, he added.

      163386
    • Internet cafe in Beijing, China (File)
      Last update: 17:25 11.07.2017
      17:25 11.07.2017

      Possible VPN Block Unlikely to Hinder Tech-Savvy Chinese Internet Users

      China’s possible plans to block virtual private network (VPN) services are unlikely to prevent Chinese internet users from getting around the nation’s internet censorship.

      1153
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the USA Donald Trump, right, talk during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg
      Last update: 12:47 10.07.2017
      12:47 10.07.2017

      The Handshake That Launched a 1,000 Liberals Into Fits of Anger

      by John Wight

      One handshake and positive meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20, however welcome, does not allow us to lapse into complacency where US-Russia relations are concerned.

      2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg
      31432
    • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017
      Last update: 21:27 08.07.2017
      21:27 08.07.2017

      Realpolitik: Why Russia, US Have Chance to Reach Common Ground on Syria

      Although the Obama administration did whatever it took to spoil US-Russian relations, there is still a chance for Moscow and Washington to reach compromise on Syria, Russian academic Mikhail Roshchin told Radio Sputnik. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled that Washington has become more pragmatic in regard to Syria.

      71912
    • The intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 5, 2017
      Last update: 20:10 08.07.2017
      20:10 08.07.2017

      North Korea's ICBMs Pose a Challenge to Washington's Arrogance in East Asia

      North Korea's nuclear missile program poses a serious challenge to the regional stability of East Asia, Sputnik contributor Alexander Khrolenko writes. However, it hasn't turned up out of the blue, the journalist noted, adding that the US also bears responsibility for the tensions simmering over the Korean Peninsula.

      42517
    • Logo of US oil and gas giant ExxonMobil
      Last update: 18:07 08.07.2017
      18:07 08.07.2017

      How US Oil Giants Turned Out to Be Russia's Unexpected Allies

      American oil companies have turned out to be Russia's unexpected allies: Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron and other energy giants have voiced serious concerns about the new anti-Russian sanctions package, which is currently being considered by the US House of Representatives after being passed by Senate.

      52550
    • Aleppo, Syria
      Last update: 04:09 08.07.2017
      04:09 08.07.2017

      Syria Ceasefire Accord May Lead to Broader US-Russian Anti-Terror Cooperation

      The agreement to implement a regional ceasefire in southern Syria reached by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg could lead to broader anti-terror cooperation although elements within Washington, Syria, and Iran will certainly resist, experts told Sputnik.

      3375
    • U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany in this still image taken from video, July 7, 2017
      Last update: 04:07 08.07.2017
      04:07 08.07.2017

      Trump-Putin Talks Mark First Step in Defusing Tensions Over Syria, Ukraine

      Agreements reached by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in their highly-anticipated meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg could represent serious steps towards defusing tensions over Syria and Ukraine.

      4717
    • Russian Vikings aerobatics team performing on board SU-27 planes at the opening ceremony of the Fifteenth International Maritime Defense Show in St.Petersburg.
      Last update: 21:21 07.07.2017
      21:21 07.07.2017

      NATO's Increased Air Activity Helps Russian Aerospace Forces Keep in Good Shape

      According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, NATO countries have been stepping up air activity near Russia's borders since mid-June 2017. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, military expert Viktor Baranets said that the bloc is increasing pressure on Russian frontiers and explained why it helps the Russian Aerospace Forces keep in good shape.

      62547
    • A Turkish soldier gestures while standing on the hill overlooking damaged buildings following heavy fighting between government troops and Kurdish fighters in the Kurdish town of Cizre in southeastern Turkey, which lies near the border with Syria and Iraq, on March 2, 2016
      Last update: 21:11 07.07.2017
      21:11 07.07.2017

      Why Turkey's Middle Eastern Policy Turned Into 'Complete Disaster' for Ankara

      Ankara's interference in domestic affairs of the countries of the Middle East has only exacerbated tensions in the region, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), told Sputnik. According to Kilicdaroglu, Ankara's foreign strategy has translated into broad losses for the country.

      43094
    • The silhouette of a Syrian man is seen through an election campaign portrait of President Bashar al-Assad he hangs it on a billboard on May 11, 2014 in the capital Damascus.
      Last update: 18:00 07.07.2017
      18:00 07.07.2017

      No Ifs and Buts? What's Behind WH's Reported Change of Heart Towards Assad

      In what appears to be a change of heart, the Trump administration has reportedly agreed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad shouldn't leave his position. However, US activity on the ground raises numerous questions, experts say, warning about the potential fragmentation of Syria by Washington-backed militant groups.

      114258
    • A handout satellite image released by The French national Space study centre (CNES) and the ASTRIUM, the aerospace maufacture subsiduary of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) and received from Amnesty International on February 7, 2017 by shows the military-run Saydnaya prison, one of Syria's largest detention centres located 30 kilometres (18 miles) north of Damascus.
      Last update: 13:16 07.07.2017
      13:16 07.07.2017

      Syria Crisis: Inevitable Bias and Inaccuracies in Saydnaya Prison Testimonies

      by Suliman Mulhem

      The Saydnaya military prison, located in close proximity to Damascus city, rose to notoriety after unrest erupted in Syria in 2011. The facility has since transformed into one of the main criticisms of the Syrian government's human rights stance, alongside its alleged use of chemical WMDs. Both of these allegations have been consistently denied.

      3965
    • The Red Cross and the Red Crescent center for humanitarian aid in Deir ez-Zor, Syria.
      Last update: 05:25 07.07.2017
      05:25 07.07.2017

      US-Russia Cooperation in Syria to Boost Humanitarian Relief, Unlikely to End War

      US cooperation with Russia on creating no-fly zones and funneling relief to suffering civilians in Syria would be a welcome development but it will not generate any progress in ending the long-running civil war that has cost at least 600,000 deaths.

      4469
    • A man stands at Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque in Doha, Qatar, June 9, 2017
      Last update: 21:33 06.07.2017
      21:33 06.07.2017

      Qatar Blockade: Doha Allegedly Mulling Over New Five-Paragraph List of Demands

      Reports say that Doha has allegedly agreed to meet the requirements of a new five-paragraph list which includes, among other things, the expulsion of a former Muslim Brotherhood preacher and the suspension of information attacks against the Gulf States and Egypt by Al-Jazeera.

      32062
    • Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries meet in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
      Last update: 20:00 06.07.2017
      20:00 06.07.2017

      GCC Gamble: How 'Arab NATO, EU and UN' is Falling Apart at the Seams

      The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) risks falling apart at the seams while Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman continues to crack down on Qatar, RIA Novosti contributor Gevorg Mirzayan noted, explaining who has the most to gain from the GCC's collapse.

      62088
    • Demonstrators hold placards in Parliament Square as they march during a protest against the Conservative Government and it's austerity policies in London, Saturday, June 20, 2015.
      Last update: 19:07 06.07.2017
      19:07 06.07.2017

      The UK Public Sector Pay Cap and the Delusion of Austerity

      by Alan Grant

      Ever since the Labour government that had lost both the trust and financial confidence of the British people was ejected from power at the 2010 general election, the word "austerity" has come to define British politics.

      1325
    • Oxfam’s Big Heads depict G20 leaders take part in protests ahead of the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 2, 2017.
      Last update: 16:25 06.07.2017
      16:25 06.07.2017

      Uneasy G20: How US Managed to Alienate the Major Powers Ahead of the Summit

      by Ekaterina Blinova

      The upcoming G20 meeting in Hamburg is unlikely to be a walk in the park for world's major powers; Washington is seemingly instigating tensions in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. To solve the problem, one should find out who is pulling the strings of the US government apparatus, geopolitical analyst Gilbert Mercier told Sputnik.

      2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg
      42011
    • A placard showing a picture of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, saying You can't trust her is raised in front of the Elizabeth Tower, commonly referred to as Big Ben as protesters gather in Parliament Square after marching through central London on June 21, 2017.
      Last update: 13:22 06.07.2017
      13:22 06.07.2017

      Britain's Anti-Tory Hysteria: A Case Against Democracy?

      by Suliman Mulhem

      Theresa May's Conservatives managed to cling onto power for another term in the June 8 surprise general election, though a coalition with the DUP was required to secure a ruling majority in the House of Commons. In the aftermath of the eventual victory, and the beginning of Brexit negotiations, calls for Theresa May to resign are persisting.

      2566
    • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 5, 2017.
      Last update: 04:27 06.07.2017
      04:27 06.07.2017

      US Puts Military Option on Table for North Korea as Russia, China Urge Restraint

      The United States warned that it might use military force against North Korea or sever trade relations with China if the international community fails to take strong action against Pyongyang, as both Russia and China warned against any further escalation of a tense situation in their backyard.

      111043