‘Imbecilic’: Ex-UK leader Tony Blair slams Afghan withdrawal

LONDON (AP) — Tony Blair, the British prime minister who deployed troops to Afghanistan 20 years ago after the 9/11 attacks, says the U.S. decision to withdraw from the country has “every Jihadist group round the world cheering.” In a lengthy essay posted on his website late Saturday, the former Labour Party leader said the sudden and […]

Crimean Tatars bemoan their plight as Ukraine hosts summit

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Erfan Kudusov fled Crimea with his wife and four children after Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula in 2014, along with many other Crimean Tatars who resented Moscow’s rule. For Kudusov and others in Crimea, the Russian takeover evoked tragic family memories of the 1944 mass deportation of Crimean Tatars […]

China says ready for ‘friendly relations’ with Taliban after rout

China is ready to deepen “friendly and cooperative” relations with Afghanistan, a government spokeswoman said Monday, after the Taliban seized control of the country.  Beijing has sought to maintain unofficial ties with the Taliban throughout the US’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, which spurred an advance by the Islamist hardliners across the country that saw them capture […]

Russia, China, and the Prospect of US Military Bases in Central Asia

Following the withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan, Washington is allegedly trying to reestablish a military presence in Central Asia, similar to what it did in the early 2000s. Though some level of cooperation is possible with Russia within the framework of great power relations (and much still depends on Moscow’s goodwill), China opposes any American military or security expansion near its restive Xinjiang province. The American exit from Afghanistan has created a […]

How Iran’s Deadly Tanker Attack Is Linked to the Nuclear Deal

How should the United States respond to Iran’s July 31 drone attack on the Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned, Liberian-flagged, Israeli-managed oil products tanker in international waters off the coast of Oman, killing the Romanian captain and a British crewmember? The United States was obviously not a direct target of the Iranian attack. But Washington, together with other maritime […]

Winfried Schneider-Deters: Putin has lost Ukraine and can only attribute it to himself

German publicist Winfried Schneider-Deters presented in Kyiv his book “Ukrainian fateful years 2013-2019”, in which, in particular, he analyzes Russia’s aggressive policy towards Ukraine. The author outlined the main theses from his book on the annexation of Crimea and the war in Donbass. Thus, in his opinion, Russia’s military intervention to allegedly protect the Russian-speaking […]

Belarus and Russia’s “migration terror” against Lithuania reaches new level

The migration terror carried out by the Belarus and Russia tandem against Lithuania, is gaining momentum, with Moscow spinning its wheel with Minsk’s hands. As soon as the facts of mass trafficking of illegal migrants from Belarus to Lithuania with the assistance of Belarusian border guards came to light, Minsk, thanks to a tip from […]

Denmark Recognized that “Grundfos” Pumps’ Supply to Crimea Violated the European Law

As our Association noticed in April, 2020 [1], on March 18 Russian propaganda, including the “official Internet resources”, reported on the “successful launch” of the Beshterek-Zuya water supply system, which was to provide 20-22 thousands cubic meters of artesian water to Simferopol daily. As it followed from the images of pumping station’s equipment distributed by […]