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DominiqueIMG-20201015-WA0021Dominique G. Ankoné reports
September 3 2019
• President Rouhani addresses parliament in a session for a confidence vote to new ministers. He declares that the resistance of Iran against the sanctions "has worked". An implicit threat to Europeans countries was added: "If Europe fulfils an important part of its commitments, we may reconsider our commitments' reduction, or else, we will definitely take the third step". He added that Iran has "no decision for bilateral negotiations with the United State", but that if all sanctions were lifted, it can join the 5+1 negotiations like before.
http://president.ir/en/111101

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BuchanandownloadThis is an edited summary of Dr Elizabeth Buchanan's evidence to the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Congressional Energy and National Security Caucus in which she argued that three widely held assumptions about Russia, China and the Arctic were wrong. She's a Russian polar strategy specialist who believes the United States should reconsider key assumptions about the impact of the China–Russia relationship on strategic issues in the Arctic

Strengthened commercial engagement between Russia and China on Arctic energy ventures is driving a notion that there's a Sino-Russian alliance in the region. The reality is that mutual mistrust, centuries-old territorial tensions over the Russian Far East and hangovers from the Sino-Soviet split in the Cold War are all permanent features of the China–Russia relationship. They'll continue to shape the strategic outlook, to an extent curtailing the two states' 'axis' potential.

Moscow and Beijing have both learned that nations don't have allies, or partners. Secure, successful states seek merely mutually beneficial relationships. That sentiment frames Sino-Russian engagement in the Russian Arctic.

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In response to a headline in the Times of London on 25th August 2020, a chord was struck and we rummaged in the archives to find this article by Guy Birks, a Researcher for the U K Defence Forum and now at Chosun University, first published 28th July 2010 at www.defenceviewpoints.co.uk and viewable on the next page.

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