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Russia’s Moves In Syria

The Levant News — One of the most important news vis a vis the Syrian war is the refugee crisis in Europe. Many commentators regard this catastrophe as one of the worst since World War II. It is very likely that it will be on the agenda for a long time …

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Russia’s participation in fighting Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS: Moallem

The Levant News –In an interview with the Russian RT channel that was aired on Saturday about Russia’s participation in fighting Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS terrorist organizations,  Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid Moallem, said: “There is something new beyond (Russia) providing Syria with weapons, which is Russia engaging in …

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Ukrainian Military’s Violations Of The Ceasefire Regime

The Levant – – Ukraine’s military over the past 24 hours violated the ceasefire regime for six times in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), the people’s militia said on Sunday. “No victims have been reported,” the representative said. “Six violations were registered between 6a.m. on September 18 and 6a.m. on …

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10 Best Museums List — Trip Advisor

The Levant- -Twenty-five winners were selected from among 591 museums worldwide, TripAdvisor said. The Metropolitan Museum in New York City took first place. Other museums in the top 10 are the Orsay in Paris, Art Institute of Chicago, the Prado of Madrid, the Louvre in Paris, the State Hermitage Museum …

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The Japanese Government’s Decision To Postpone FM’s trip To Russia

The Levant – – Japan’s top government spokesman said on Friday that no decisions had yet been made about a possible visit by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to Russia. “As for Kishida’s visit to Russia and everything connected with it, nothing has been decided so far,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga …

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Russia And Japan: A Peace Treaty Conclusion

The Levant – – MOSCOW, September 18.. “Japanese Foreign Minister [Fumio] Kishida’s working visit to Russia will take place on September 20 to 22,” the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov , said.” His talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are scheduled for the visit as well as [Kishida’s] participation …

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Russian Ambassador in Lebanon: Hezbollah’s Fighting Alongside Syrian Government Forces Is Legitimate

The Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin - The Russian embassy is one of 113 foreign representations in Lebanon, and one of 102 foreign representations in Beirut.

The Levant – – Where it is fighting alongside government forces, Hezbollah’s intervention in the Syrian conflict is legitimate, Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said in comments published on Tuesday. “The party (Hezbollah) will remain engaged in the fight to aid the legitimate regime as long as fighters from …

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The Russians are Coming!

THE LEVANT NEWS — By Graham E. Fuller — Washington has been wrapped in confusion and indecision for years now in trying to sort out just what its real objectives are in Syria. Its obsessive, and ultimately failed goal of denying Iran influence in the Middle East has notably receded …

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Refugees and Responsibilities

The Levant News – by Graham E. Fuller  — The picture last week of the little Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi dead on the beach in Turkey is one of those iconic pictures whose intense human face forces deeper reflection, especially upon publics for whom distant tragedies tend to be statistics rather …

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U.S., Russia: The Case for Bilateral Talks

THE LEVANT NEWS — Stratfor Analysis –Phone calls between relatively low-level diplomats are normally not newsworthy. But Monday’s conversation between U.S. Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin on the simmering conflict in Ukraine is an exception. The bilateral nature of the conversation and its …

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Dangers of a Declining Global Power

By Graham E. Fuller* – Source: grahamefuller.com — Much has been written about the dangers and challenges posed by China as a rising global power. Indeed, historians speak of generic tensions between rising powers and status quo powers that have often led to war. But instability takes at least two …

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Will Yemen kick-off the ‘War of the two Blocs?’

By Sharmine Narwani* for RT– There is media confusion about what is going on in Yemen and the broader Middle East. Pundits are pointing out that the US is looking schizophrenic with policies that back opposite sides of the fight against al-Qaeda-style extremism in Iraq and in Yemen. But it …

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Putin not flinching on Ukraine despite economic crisis

BY TIMOTHY HERITAGE – Reuters – Reuters – A surge in violence in east Ukraine is undermining international hopes that Russia’s financial crisis and Western sanctions will force President Vladimir Putin to change policy on the conflict. There is a growing sense of foreboding as fighting between Ukrainian government forces …

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Russia to revive the political solution in Syria

The Levant – By Dr. Amer Al Sabaileh – The Russians have lately been dynamic and innovative in their diplomacy towards a political solution to the Syrian crisis. With the regional priorities shifting from political resolution to combating terrorism, the Russians are alone in continuing with this pursuit. Moscow has …

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Crimea: Islamist Movements and Danger of Radicalization

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Julia Lugovska – Kiev- Ukraine – The issue of Crimean Tatars, who survived terrible Sürgün – mass deportation from Crimea by Joseph Stalin on 18 May 1944, and who returned back home after Ukraine gained its independence, remains still unresolved and very sensitive, as Ukrainian …

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The Bulgarian Winter- or do we witness a deja-vu?

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Victoria Georgieva*  -According to Wikipedia “Suicide” comes from the Latin Suicidium, from sui caedere : “to kill oneself and it is “the act of intentionally causing one’s own death”. Have you ever wondered about what are the reasons that could bring someone into the edge of …

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Norway Stops Political Cooperation With Russia

  By Julia Lugovska – Kiev – Ukraine – Norway’s government has officially declared on Sunday, 23 November, that it stops political cooperation with Russian Federation, according to the statement of Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. She stated it in her interview made for Ukrainian newspaper “Dzerkalo Tyzhnya” (“Weekly Mirror”). In addition to …

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EU keeps its sanctions against Russia

THE LEVANT – After the recent meeting of the members of European Council and discussion of the sanctions issues, European Union has taken decision to leave the restrictive economic and political sanctions imposed against Russia without any changes. “Members of European Council and Ambassadors of EU have discussed an impact of …

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Ukrainian crisis deepens despite Milan talks

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE –  Exclusive from Kiev, By Julia Lugovska – Situation in Eastern Ukrainian Donbas region still remains extremely tense, with the continuous shelling of the position of Ukrainian military and of the cities and local villages by the pro-Russian terrorists and Russian troops. Despite the recent talks held in …

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Russia blasts Obama over intervention in Syria

THE LEVANT – Russia became the third nation to criticize the Obama administration on Thursday, following President Barack Obama’s announcement that he plans to expand a campaign of bombing against the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) to include targets inside Syria. Iranian and Syrian officials slammed the …

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Putin orders agricultural import bans from US, EU

THE LEVANT – Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out at US and Western powers on Wednesday by ordering agricultural import bans on countries that have levied economic sanctions against Russia for its alleged role in the separatist fighting in Ukraine’s east. The decree signed by Putin bans and restricts agricultural …

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Ukraine claims more territory as fight intensifies with rebels

Source: Reuters – Ukraine said on Monday its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, which international investigators said they could not reach because of the fighting. Troops recaptured two rebel-held towns near the crash site and were trying …

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Moscow Ready for International Monitoring on Border With Ukraine

 Russia agrees to international monitoring of its border with Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said Thursday. “The Russian side is ready for monitoring on the Russian-Ukrainian border, ready to accept Ukrainian border guards in Russia’s Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints on the border between the two states. But, naturally, …

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