Ukraine is looking forward to creating a joint military unit with two NATO member countries -- Poland and Lithuania. Would that imply that NATO is openly stepping into the Ukrainian conflict? And what kind of missions would the unit get - provided it is created? Radio VR is discussing it with Mateusz Piskorski,Head of the European Center for Geopolitical Analysis, and Kirill Koktysh,political analyst, based with MGIMO University, in Moscow, Russia.
A need to decide on fresh sanctions against Russia placed the EU between a rock and a hard place. With the US pressing hard for punishing Moscow over its alleged role in Ukraine, EU nations feel the step could affect their economic growth. Nine EU states, including France, Germany and Italy, indicated they would block the decision to impose more sanctions on Russia.
BRICS countries are about to contest the global over-reliance on the US financial system and strengthen international legislation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview on the eve of the Sixth BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. Could BRICS countries challenge the old and crumbling unipolar world order? Is the Sixth BRICS Summit likely to suggest a solution?
Maidan has become the arena of a new stand-off, this time between the activists and the current government. Today Kiev authorities view their former allies who had fought to bring the current government to power as more of a burden. What could be the explanation for Kiev's sudden change of heart? What makes the oligarchs and Nazi in Ukrainian government clamp down on their once close allies? Radio VR is discussing it with Sergei Markov, the Director of the Institute for Political Studies in Moscow, Russia, and Johan Bäckman, Doctor of social sciences at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
This week has seen a surge of violence in the Middle East. Iraq and Gaza are ablaze. Is there any connection between Iraq and Gaza? Is it the birth of a greater Middle East? And what is the role of the greater world powers in the present turmoil? Radio VR is discussing it with Vytcheslav Matuzov, Chairman of the Society of Friendship and Business Cooperation with Arab Countries, and Saeed Naqvi, Distinguished Fellow at Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi.
Americans feel increasingly unhappy and neglected by their government and are losing interest in who and how is running their nation, opinion polls show. Why could that be and where could it take America? Radio VR looks at it with the US political and social analyst Dr. Mark Mason and Yuri Rogulev, head of the Franklin Roosevelt Center of American studies in Moscow.
The US Department of State seems to have given up all pretense. Its statements are becoming ever more contradictory and double-standard, too much so, even for a diplomatic service. War crimes are one issue on which the US's 'our-son-of-a-bitch' approach is just too sickening to bear.
Bahrain has urged the visiting US Assistant Secretary of State out of the country. How could that happen? And what could be the underlying cause for the scandal? Voice of Russia has discussed the issue with Mansoor Al-Jamri, founder and Editor-in-chief of the Al-Wasat newspaper in Bahrein, and Ghanem Nuseibeh, founder of the Cornerstone Global Associates consultancy and Senior Visiting Fellow at King’s College London.
Why was the Israeli government so quick in recognizing the creation of a Kurdish state in Iraq? What kind of new challenges does the newly emerging regional architecture pose to Israel?
We are focused on the US government's ways of promoting its policies across the global community. Why would the US State Department choose to offer something like free entertainment, sometimes, at press briefings? Or - could that be some smart strategy most of us are still unaware of? The Voice of Russia has invited Italian journalist Giullietto Chiesa and Ilya Fabrichnikov, Russian expert on political communications strategy, to talk about "infotainment" and how it is used to manipulate our minds.
How is the Middle East likely to change as a result of the ISIS operation in Iraq? And could it be a coincidence that the emerging new Middle East landscape is strikingly similar to the so-called Peters Map, first published by the Armed Forces Journal in June 2006? The Voice of Russia is discussing the consequences of the ISIS push in Iraq with Halil Karaveli, senior fellow at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center.
How good are the chances that people in the West come to realize that Washington's ambitions are turning our world into a global wreck? The Voice of Russia is discussing it with Giulietto Chiesa, Italian politician, ex-Member of the European Parliament, and Mark Mason, US political and social analyst based in California.
With the US seemingly working up tensions the world over, the Far East is another region facing the risk of major instability. The ultimate cause of potential conflict would be a standoff between the US and China that it would like to "contain". How great are the risks? Experts from Japan and China are sharing their vision with The Voice of Russia.
Discussing the impact of the free-trade agreements signed by the EU outgoing leaders with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova at the EU summit in Brussels last Friday. Who stands to gain and who stands to lose from the step hailed as an outstanding achievement by the parties to the agreements? Jurgen Elsässer, political analyst and Editor-in-Chief of the monthly Compact, based in Germany shared his opinion on the issue with the Voice of Russia.
How true is the spreading belief that President Obama has ruined US foreign policy, and how does it actually work? The Voice of Russia is discussing it with Paul Craig Roberts, former assistant secretary of the US Treasury, currently the chairman of The Institute for Political Economy.
The EU is divided over Ukraine, over economy, over its chairman and over – its future. Will the EU survive, or – should it be dismantled? The Voice of Russia is discussing it with Dr. Aurélien Mondon, Lecturer in French politics at the University of Bath, UK, and Jean-Yves Camus, political analyst and Associated Research Fellow at IRIS, France.
Turkey, is headed for its first-ever direct presidential election, scheduled for the 10th of August, has raised fears over the possible spillover of violence from neighboring Iraq. The new Iraqi crisis has created yet another challenge for the ruling AKP party and its leader, the country's prime minister Recep Erdogan, who is widely expected to enter the presidential race. How good are his chances, what are the challenges he might encounter, and who is the surprise rival, the opposition has chosen to challenge an AKP candidate? Discussing these issues with the Voice of Russia are Erkan Saka of Bilgi University, Turkey, Halil M. Karaveli, Senior Fellow with the Turkey Initiative at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, and Bilge Yabanci, Doctoral Researcher form the University of Bath in the UK.
In Iraq we can see clear fingerprints of the Turkish, and Qatari, and the Saudi intelligence - expert
The so-called 'peace plan' put forward by the newly elected president of Ukraine doesn't seem to be working. Why? Could it be that Mr. Poroshenko has no control over the Ukrainian army? Or – is the peace strategy something that does not go together with the US plans in Ukraine? The Voice of Russia is discussing these issues with Christoph R. Horstel, government consultant and publicist, based in Germany.
Over a 100 cities and 3 countries across Europe have been hit by protests against NATO, the US Federal Reserve and mainstream media, and the numbers are growing. Italian anti-war activists are saying Italy should leave the Alliance. The Voice of Russia has turned to Marinella Correggia, Italian peace activist, journalist and author, for more details on the issue.