«Islamic state» is losing the Iraqi capital – the operation to liberate Mosul has entered a decisive phase. The operation for the liberation of the city began in October of last year. Support of the government army have Shia militias, Kurdish forces and the forces of the international antiterrorist coalition led by the United States, wrote on Monday the newspaper «Kommersant».
According to Iraqi commanders, the number of militants remaining in the city and the continuing fierce resistance, now no more than 200 people. In areas controlled by insurgents, is about 100 thousand civilians – many of them Islamists use as human shields.
According to a researcher at the Centre for Arab and Islamic studies, Institute of Oriental studies Nikolay Sukhov, such a long storm for several reasons. «First, in the ranks of the fighters fighting former officers of the Iraqi army under Saddam Hussein, who managed to build a defense. Secondly, the part of the local population supports the radicals. The operation is complicated by problems in coordinating the efforts of participants of storm», – says the expert.
Against the background of attempts of the us Senate to toughen sanctions against Russia was not a «good COP» and the United Europe, extending its own sanctions against Moscow. Russian media remains nothing how to find and cite the remaining minority friendly Moscow European politicians, calling the decision of the recent summit in Brussels absurd, says another article of the same publication.
The meaning of their statements is as follows: if power was we, and not those who now runs in Europe, there are no restrictions on cooperation with Russia would long ago were not in sight. However, such recognition does not solve anything. «National front» marine Le Pen or the Italian «Northern League» still does not come to power, at least in the short term. The decision by Russia will not accept them. So the light at the end of the European tunnel for the Russians not going to break, writes columnist Sergey Strokan.
Unfavorable for Moscow the decision of the EU is not simply the result of policy inertia of the sluggish European bureaucracy, unable to quickly adapt their policies to the new realities. According to experts of European Council on international Affairs of Gustave Grasses, known for his critical attitude to Russian policy, at the last Brussels summit of «something good happened».
Europe has shown unity on the Russian question, and «this consensus survived the refugee crisis, Pexit, the election of Donald trump, the differences in the views of Europeans on the issue of relations with Russia and all the efforts of Moscow aimed to split Europe», which was accused of indecision, inability to speak in one voice. However, the Russian issue, it has shown and will continue to show integrity.
The blow of the Israeli air force on Saturday fell on the armored vehicles of militants of the banned terrorist group «Dzhebhat EN-Nusra». About it reports on Monday, news Agency RIA Novosti, citing a military-diplomatic source in the Russian defense Ministry.
According to this information, Israel attacked the place where the firing was conducted. The result of the strike was destroyed two tanks and a heavy machine gun terrorists.
In five years, the number of poor Russians has increased by 7 million – every third inhabitant of the country barely making ends meet, «Nezavisimaya Gazeta». At the end of last week Rosstat has published the data for the first quarter of 2017, the number of poor in Russia. Today on incomes below subsistence level live 22 million people, or about 15% of all residents of the Russian Federation.
Russian officials understand that poverty is not a joke. So, during his NBC interview, President Vladimir Putin confirmed that the poverty situation in the country is currently worse than planned. The theme of poverty were continued during the «Straight line» with the President where the head of state once again reported a decline in real incomes and an increase in the number of citizens living below the poverty line.
Indeed, if in a relatively prosperous 2012, below the poverty line lived only 15.4 million people, or one in ten, by 2016, the number of poor has almost reached 20 million people.
Change the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia will play a positive role in the development of Russian-Saudi contacts. The new heir to the throne, Mohammad bin Salman al Saud has repeatedly visited Moscow. Unlike his predecessor Muhammad bin Naif al Saud, it is less dependent on the United States. About the newspaper «Izvestia» with reference to informed sources in the Saudi diplomatic circles, which also said that Mohammad bin Salman al Saud in the Kingdom is responsible for relations with Moscow. Moreover, the appointment of a new heir to the throne can bring the visit of king of Saudi Arabia to Russia.
Influential Saudi General Anwar Eshki sure that now the relationship between Russia and Saudi Arabia will develop more actively. The military said that Mohammad bin Salman al Saud set up long-term cooperation with Moscow in the economy and the fight against terrorism, says a Pro-Kremlin publication.
On the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg, scheduled for July 7-8, the prospects of the first personal meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald trump are becoming more uncertain. In the absence of official confirmation that the meeting will take place, the parties turned contacts for its preparation, writes «Komsomolskaya Pravda».
After the adoption by the Senate of the bill that extends sanctions against Russia Russia critics in Congress, USA in a hurry to maximally complicate our bilateral agenda, offering to withdraw from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range. The growing pressure on Donald trump forced him to act with greater caution on their opponents. This reduces the window of opportunity for normalization of relations with Moscow may force her to go for a tough response.