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Russia’s Pivot to Asia (China) After 2014: The Wrong Turn?

Sergey Sukhankin, The Jamestown Foundation – 8 June 2021 According to this article on The Jamestown Foundation, a number of flaws in Moscow’s Asia strategy have meant their ‘Pivot to Asia’ has not gone as planned. The author states that “the much-praised Sino-Russian partnership is in many ways a one-sided deal. Since 2014, while Beijing…

Putin says Russia ready to continue peace treaty talks with Japan

Nikkei Asia – 5 June 2021 Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that “Both Russia and Japan share a strategic interest in concluding a peace treaty” and that both countries are “ready to continue negotiations”. This comes during a continued dispute over the sovereignty of a group of…

Pakistan, Russia on track to develop strong relations

Muzaffar Rizvi, Khaleej Times – 5 June 2021 Experts analysing the recent visit of Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, to Islamabad say that there is strong potential for Russia and Pakistan to develop a closer political and economic relationship if they can overcome their long-standing rivalry. Read the full article here.

Opinion: Why does everyone assume that Russia and China are friends?

Isaac Stone Fish, The Washington Post – 26 May 2021 According to this article on The Washington Post, the popular supposition that China and Russia are close friends is too simple. The author mentions a frosty history between the two nations and Russian territorial interests as reasons for Moscow to build a closer relationship with…

Russia fortifies Central Asia military clout before US Afghan exit

Dimitri Simes Jr., Nikkei Asia – 27 May 2021 Andrei Serenko, head of the Center for the Study of Modern Afghanistan, talked with Nikkei Asia about Russia’s military interests in Central Asia since the announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. According to Serenko, “Russia is primarily interested in strengthening its military and…

Russia to Expand Anti-Magnitsky Sanctions Worldwide, Keep U.S. Adoption Ban

The Moscow Times, 3 June 2021 Russia is planning to expand their “anti-Magnitsky” sanctions, now only set for U.S. citizens, worldwide. The legislation, if passed into law, would ban targeted foreigners of all nationalities from entering the country, seize their assets and ban their transactions and investments. The adoption ban for U.S. citizens would not…

EP145: The Magnitsky Act with Bill Browder

Emma-Louise Fenelon, Law Pod UK – 2 June 2021 Ahead of our event ‘Red Notice: How I became Putin’s number one enemy’ on the 24th June with Bill Browder, Emma-Louise Fenelon of Law Pod UK talks with Browder in this podcast about his campaign to bring those responsible for the death of Sergei Magnitsky to…

Iran’s Zarif indicates that Iran hopes to balance Russia and China

Seth J. Frantzman, The Jerusalem Post – 5 April 2021 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency about power shifts from the West to the East and why Iran must, as a result, work more closely with Russia and China. This article in The Jerusalem Post analyses the main points from the…