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.
What is China's strategic goal in Europe? How does Beijing view the prospects and challenges of its European policy?
The winner of the Afghanistan's presidential election is yet to be announced. In an exclusive interview with Radio VR Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh, research associate at London School of Economics, comments on what awaits the country after either ex-Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah or former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani gets elected, what challenges Afghanistan faces. She stresses that, should extremists remain in the nation, Afghanistan could suffer Iraq's fate.
The sixth day of the World Cup tournament is expected to be highly entertaining with three matches on the schedule. Today the final four teams will set off in a bid to be the world's best football squad. In the opening contest in Group H, Russia will meet South Korea while Belgium will compete against Algeria. In Group A, the host Brazil will play Mexico.
A new round of negotiations on Iran's nuclear program has opened in Vienna preceded by some engaging gestures from Western capitals. With the US claiming it would seek Iran's cooperation over the ISIS offensive in Iraq, could that lead to a modified Tehran's position at the P5+1 talks? Voice of Russia is discussing the issue with oice Dr. Ali M Pedram, Senior Editor on Iran Affairs with Asharq Al-Awsat, UK, and Dr. Manoj Joshi, Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, India.
Iraq is plunged into a new war – the third one since the US invasion of 2003. Why has the war broken out this time, and what could be its impact on the region? The Voice of Russia is discussing these issues with Dr. Meena Singh Roy a research fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, and Sabah Al-Mukhtar, Iraqi lawyer for the President Arab Lawyers Association in the UK.
The conflict in Ukraine started by the illegal junta government and nazi forces which continue to commit horrendous crimes with impunity because they have the full backing of their paymasters across the sea, has destabilized Europe and the world as the US continues to see its hegemony and influence decline. The unilateral and irrational attempt to isolate Russia by the US and prevent Russia from being an influential power is being facilitated by NATO which continues to make demands on its member countries which are damaging to their economies and security.
US experts and diplomats have been warning of a new security crisis that could break out in the South Caucasus in autumn of 2014. How good is the forecast and is there any evidence the region is really headed for a new war? Or is it rather a threat aimed at disrupting these countries’ ties with Russia? We are discussing the issue with Razi Nurullayev, Azerbaijani political analyst and the head of “Region” International Analytical Centre, and Sevak Sarukhanyan, deputy head of the Noravank think tank in Yerevan.
Reuven Rivlin, a veteran nationalist politician and supporter of the Jewish settlement movement, was chosen by Israel’s parliament on Tuesday as the country’s next president. He now faces the difficult task of succeeding Shimon Peres, a Nobel peace laureate who became an all-star on the international stage.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar reportedly struck the ceasefire agreement speaking on the sidelines of a summit of the East African bloc in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. On Tuesday, leaders from the Intergovernmental Agency for Development, or IGAD, threatened to slap South Sudan’s warring sides with sanctions if they fail to stick to the agreement. Experts says, however, the odds are that the current ceasefire deal will not work, similarly to the previous ones, which at one point or another were broken by both sides.
The militant group launched a major assault on Iraqi security forces in Mosul. The governor of the province, the army and the police unit left the city being unable to withstand the offensive. Meanwhile Jihadists have seized two areas of Iraq's north province of Salaheddin. The sectarian violence in Iraq has already killed almost 800 people. According to the UN, this includes 603 civilians in May alone, according to AFP. Kevin DeJesus, Adjunct Professor of the Department of Social Sciences at Johnson and Wales University, comments on the situation.
Most Germans favor of Merkel’s pushing for Mr. Juncker’s, ex Luxembourg’s premier’s candidacy as European Commission president despite stiff opposition from Britain. Ways to liberalize Europe topped the agenda as a number of major EU players met at a mini summit near Stockholm on Monday. British PM David Cameron warned that the appointment of the conservative integrationist Juncker would be an obstacle to liberal reforms in Europe, Alain Guggenbühl, Lead of the Programme on European Negotiations, European Institute of Public Administration commented on the situation.
Pope Francis called for Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas to "respond to their people's yearning for peace during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims" at the Vatican on Sunday. The Pope hopes this meeting will re-launch the Middle East peace process. After meeting all four, holding private talks for about 20 minutes before two presidents leave the Vatican. Mr. Marshall J. Berger, Professor of law at Columbus school of law, Catholic University of America comments on event.
Colombia's largest rebel group FARC declares three week ceasefire ahead of second round of presidential elections. Country’s current government is in peace talks with rebels and outcome of presidential elections can be crucial for future of these talks. The second round vote between Zuluaga and Santos to be very tight. The election campaign mainly divides voters between those who back Santos to give him chance to complete peace talks with FARC and Zuluaga supporters who are skeptical about negotiations. Mrs. Marcela Prieto Executive director of Political Science Institute from Bogota, Colombia comments on situation.
Monument to pioneering Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin to be opened in Prague, the Czech Republic, on Tuesday. Idea to set up bust of first human in space belongs to Dialog of Cultures - United World Foundation. Monuments to Yuri Gagarin are situated all around globe, including France, Germany, India, China and Bulgaria. Yuri Gagarin made history on April 12, 1961 when he become both first person to enter outer space and first person to orbit Earth. Irina Shamgunova, representative of 'Dialogue of Cultures – United World' International Charity Public Fund comments on the event.
Independence of Scotland: US remembers rule of territorial integrity only when it comes to its allies - expert
Ukraine's newly elected President Petr Poroshenko said on Sunday that fighting in the east of the country must stop by the end of the week. He was speaking at the first meeting of the contact group on the implementation of the peace plan in Kiev.
Speaking at the celebration of the anniversary of the first victory of non-communist parties at elections in Poland, Obama lashed out at Russia for what he called provoking violence in eastern Ukraine. He threatened imposing more sanctions on Russia and pledged to allot one billion dollars in military aid, which would increase NATO’s military presence in Poland and other East European nations bordering Russia.
Ukraine’s newly elected President Petr Poroshenko has said in his inauguration speech he is ready to sign immediately the economic part of the agreement on Ukraine’s association with the EU. Peter Koenig, a financial pundit, former World Bank staff member and a Voice of Russia regular, talks about the big geopolitical picture, the situation in Ukraine and how a second Cold War can be averted.
According to the Oxfam charity organization, strained relations between Russia and the West because of the situation in Ukraine highlighted the need for Europe to reassess its energy priorities, and speaking at the G7 summit in Brussels yesterday, US President Barack Obama announced that the G7 is going to strenghthen energy security in Central and Eastern Europe. Pepe Escobar, Asia Times roving correspondent, shared his opinion about this development with Radio VR.
Iran and six world powers are unlikely to meet their July 20 deadline to close a long term deal on the Iranian nuclear issue. The anticipations came after the latest round of talks in Vienna last month ran into difficulties, as it became clear that the number of enrichment centrifuges Iran wanted to maintain was well beyond what would be acceptable to the West. Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, the president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, an Islamic think tank in Washington DC, shared his opinion about the problem with Radio VR.