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Putin’s State-of-the-Nation Speech : Primacy of Domestic Politics
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual address to both houses of Parliament on the 20 February 2019 predictably focussed on the country’s domestic challenges. Like his 2018 speech it reaffirms his commitment to improving ...
Xi’s Visit to Russia : Beginning of a New Era?
Bilateral relations between China and Russia have been strengthened with President Xi Jinping’s latest state visit to Moscow. However, growing links with China will not change Russia’s entrenched Eurocentric orientation.
Russia and the Kuriles : Achilles’ Heel or Bargaining Chip?
Russia’s oft-declared “pivot” to the East, focussed principally on China, has attained a measure of success. However, to become effective and sustainable, relations between Russia and Japan must be raised to a higher level. ...
Russia and Germany : A New Future?
Russia’s Eurocentric foreign policy is focused on Germany, its most significant partner in Europe. The Trump administration’s policies towards Germany, and the rise of anti-EU and anti-NATO populist parties in Europe and ...
Putin-Kim Summit : Enter the Russian Factor
President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un on 25 April 2019 in Vladivostok is not unexpected. It merely confirms that Russia has always had a role in trying to resolve the protracted issue of ...
G-20’s Osaka Summit : What Putin Achieved
The G-20 Summit in Osaka on 28-29 June 2019 marked another step towards the gradual weakening of the West’s diplomatic isolation of Russia.
Russia’s Pivot to the East : A New Balance?
Russia’s pivot to the East is assuming a more balanced tilt and might become more sustainable.
Russia and the West : Towards Normalisation?
A number of recent developments presages the beginning of a process that might lead to normalisation of Russo-Western relations.