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Azerbaijan, Without Explanation, Drops Out of NATO Exercises

Baku (EAN) – When NATO military exercises kick off in Georgia next week, they will include troops from the United States, Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, and Armenia. But they won’t include Azerbaijan, an unexpected, last-minute dropout. Azerbaijan also didn’t participate in another set of recently concluded NATO-affiliated drills in Romania, although in past years they had […]

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Vladimir Putin, at Wit’s End with Washington, Opts for Poker over Chess

Moscow (SCF) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a calculated bet that the embattled Trump administration will interpret his expulsion of hundreds of US diplomats from Russia as more of a friendly warning than an overtly hostile act. As US lawmakers on the weekend sent to President Trump’s desk a bill that would make […]

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Why Trump Must Sign the New Russia Sanctions Bill

Washington, D.C. (Duran) – The neo-con establishment has deprived the president of foreign policy authority, locking in sanctions by act of congress. Despite the White House’s apparent opposition, the US congress has passed a new sanctions package against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Donald Trump seems destined to sign the legislation – and in fact, he has little […]

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Russia Expelling US Diplomats as Response to Latest Sanctions

Moscow (GPA) – Triggered by a new round of sanctions, Russia expelling US diplomats comes as the predictable – though long delayed – response to one of Obama’s last geopolitical moves. Following Congress’ passage of new sanctions targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea, Russia has responded by issuing an order to the US, and several other countries, […]

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Ukraine and Georgia: Presidential Visit Highlights Hopes, Challenges

Kiev (EAN) – Petro Poroshenko made his first visit to Georgia as Ukraine’s president, as ties between the two countries – spoiled in recent years by a feud over former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili – now have new momentum following Saakashvili’s exit from Ukrainian politics. The visit, from July 17-19, allowed the two sides to highlight their many […]

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Russian Airbase in Syria Renewed for Another 50 Years

Damascus (MEE) – The base has been central to Moscow’s military campaign in Syria. Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost half a century, official documents show. Related: China Joins With Russia In Calls For Investigation Into Syrian Chemical Weapon Claims The […]

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US Ends CIA Program in Syria but Continues Preparations for Big War

Washington D.C. (SCF) – The news hits headlines. The Washington Post (WP) reports that President Trump has decided to discontinue the CIA program in Syria to covert program to arm and train «moderate» Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, according to US officials. The CIA program in Syria was authorized by  Trump’s predecessor in 2013. […]

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Russia deploys Military Police to Monitor Syria ‘De-escalation Zones’

Damascus (MEE) – Russian police will set up checkpoints in Eastern Ghouta and southwest Syria. Russia has deployed military police to monitor two safe zones being established in Syria, it was announced on Monday, with officials touting it as a new era of US cooperation. Senior commander Sergei Rudskoi said Russian forces had set up checkpoints and observation […]