Daily Archive: June 2, 2018

Russia Censures Iran, Expects Israel to Help Restore Ties with US

The annual meeting of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum – dubbed as “Russia’s Davos” – on May 25, which traditionally promotes foreign investment in the Russian economy, ended this time around as a major political event signaling a renewed bid by President Vladimir Putin for détente with the West. In wide-ranging remarks at the forum, Putin made an explicit overture to...

The EU’s Italy Headache: Crisis Averted or Crisis Deferred?

A crisis averted or a crisis deferred? This is the question posed by the decision of Italian President Sergio Mattarella to agree to the new list of ministers presented to him by Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte of the Eurosceptic Lega and Five Star Movement coalition, after the coalition’s original choice for finance minister, Paulo Salvona, was rejected, deepening a political crisis that has engulfed Italy since the March elections. Critics and...

What’s The Point Of Keeping Ukraine’s Pipelines Open?

President Putin’s surprise announcement that Russia is ready to maintain gas transit through Ukraine has left people wondering whether both sides’ pipeline jostling over the past couple of years was ultimately all for naught if the pre-Maidan status quo ultimately returns. President Putin took the world off guard by announcing that Russia is “ready to preserve the Ukrainian transit” of gas,...