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.
The United States, which has taken the role of the world's policeman, continues to ignore international law, procedural standards, diplomatic conventions and multi-lateral agreements. Roman Seleznev was literally kidnapped by the US from the Maldives on an internal grand jury finding that even a judge in the Maldives did not feel was credible enough to grant the issuing of an arrest warrant. Radio VR spoke to a witness to the kidnapping to get a clearer picture of what actually happened.
The Ukrainian army onslaught in the eastern regions of the country forced the anti-government militia to fall back to the regional capital Donetsk. They vow to defend the city to the last man. If Ukrainian forces decide to storm Donetsk, the city, with a population of one million. may be razed to the ground, becoming a new Sarajevo.
On July 11, 1995, two NATO warplanes bombed Serbian forces, advancing on Srebrenica. But due to the bad weather and the fact that Serbian forces were holding French and Dutch prisoners of war, NATO called off what was to be a massive bombing campaign. Late in the afternoon, Serbian general Mladic and other commanders entered into Srebrenica. They had won, for the moment. This loss by NATO could not accept and through indirect manipulation and false representation of the facts, US and NATO slandered the Serbs and successfully changed the presentation of a legal military operation. Radio Voice of Russia spoke to Stephen Karganovic on the history of Srebrenica in this special interview on the nineteenth anniversary of those events.
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.
There is fear spreading through Europe of the specter of war, fuelled by aggressive war propaganda by the West in their attempt to demonize Russia. In Germany, for the first time, people do not trust their mass media. All over Europe appearing strange fascist parties. The blind drive by the US in pursuit of their geopolitical objectives in Europe and in Ukraine has placed the entire European continent in an unstable and extremely dangerous position.
The former prime minister of Luxemburgh who initiated the EU integration process and the introduction of a single European currency, Jean Claude Juncker, was elected as a new head of European Commission. His election prompted British Prime Minister David Cameron to threaten to withdraw the United Kingdom from the EU.
Ukrainian army has resumed the onslaught against anti-government forces following President Poroshenko's refusal to continue dialogue with the country's Eastern regions. The decision not to extend ceasefire was made with complete disregard to the position of Russia and leading EU member states who called for a political solution to the crisis.
Islamic insurgents in the Middle East declared a creation of an Islamic State, or caliphate, on the captured territories from Iraq and Syria and called on Muslims from around the world to rush to the region to build their own homeland. The leader of the self proclaimed state called for an era of international jihad. Israel Shamir, an Israeli independent expert, pointed out that the group's intentions are so far unclear.
International humanitarian organizations reluctant to aid civilians fleeing Ukrainian warzone - aid worker
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.
While the US awaits Moscow's approval of its new ambassador to Russia, experts unanimously predict that the candidacy of John Tefft signifies no compromises between the two, the abandoning of any reset and a further deterioration of mutual relations.
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.
Home to almost 60%of global GDP, half the world's population and a growing middle class, Asia leads the way offering great commercial opportunities for investors and business leaders alike. What does it take to be successful in Asia? What is behind Asia's growth and do the benefits of reorienting towards Asia outweigh the risks? Chris Hartwell, presdient of CASE, the Center for Social and Economic Research, gives his analysis and assessment of the Asia-Pacific region to the Voice of Russia.
The continuing punitive military operations in Ukraine bring into question how far a Government can go to crush dissent. The Western-backed government, in the eyes of many, is guilty of horrible crimes from Mariupol to Odessa. And there have been accusations of war crimes, as heavy artillery, white phosphorus and cluster bombs are being used in Slavyansk, Lugansk and other areas. Charles Shoebridge, a former military intelligence counterterrorism officer, believes that Ukraine is waging a punitive operation against its own people.
Miriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and execution for converting from Islam to Christianity when she married a Christian American, has been re-arrested in Sudan just one day after she was freed from jail. She has been detained along with her husband and two children after they tried to board a plane in Khartoum.
In Iraq we can see clear fingerprints of the Turkish, and Qatari, and the Saudi intelligence - expert
Ukraine’s President Petr Poroshenko has outlined plans for a unilateral ceasefire and sweeping constitutional reforms. It came hours after talking to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and days after Russia’s Gazprom switched off gas supplies to Ukraine. Alexander Domrin, Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, and Kirill Koktysh, Associated Professor at the MGIMO, shared their opinion on the subject with Radio VR.
As the implacable advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) continues and Iraq descends further into chaos, many are wondering exactly how US will respond. Will the US ally with Iran to oppose the jihadists' march? Is another full-scale US-led military invasion of Iraq possible? Vladimir Skosyrev, political commentator at "Nezavisimaya gazeta" daily, Alexander Domrin, Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, and Kirill Koktysh, Associated Professor at the MGIMO, shared their opinion on the subject with Radio VR.