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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.
Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts.
The websites’ administration has the right to delete comments made in languages other than the language of the majority of the websites’ content.
In all language versions of the sputniknews.com websites any comments posted can be edited.
A user comment will be deleted if it:
The administration has the right to block a user’s access to the page or delete a user’s account without notice if the user is in violation of these rules or if behavior indicating said violation is detected.
Users can initiate the recovery of their account / unlock access by contacting the moderators at firstname.lastname@example.org
The letter must contain:
If the moderators deem it possible to restore the account / unlock access, it will be done.
In the case of repeated violations of the rules above resulting in a second block of a user’s account, access cannot be restored.
To contact the team of moderators, write to email@example.com