Russia, the United States and the World’s Last War

A recent interview in the Russian language newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets with the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Army General Sergei Shoigu, provides us with an interesting glimpse into the mindset of Russia’s military and its attitude toward the world’s most powerful (and expensive) military, that of the United States. Let’s open with this graphic which shows…

World at a Crossroads and a System of International Relations for the Future

*Sergey Lavrov These days, the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly opens up. So does a new international “political season”. The session begins at a highly symbolic historical moment. Next year we will celebrate two great and interconnected anniversaries – the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic and Second World…

Russia and China Boost Gold Reserves Moving Away from US Currency

Russia’s Gold Reserves Scale New Highs in Growing Shift From US Dollar Svetlana Ekimenko Russia has been stockpiling gold bullion in recent years in an attempt to lessen its economy’s reliance on the US dollar, with forecasts showing the country’s gold and foreign exchange reserves are set to outstrip those of Saudi Arabia. Russia’s gold…

Spotlight on Africa

Valery Kulikov In the world we live in today, amid a scramble which is unfolding to gain control of the key natural resources we exploit and to shape the political world order of the 21st century, there are many areas where Africa and Russia have interests which overlap objectively. About 50-52% of the Earth’s natural…

BRICS Needs a Unified Front Against US Intervention in Venezuela

Ramona Wadi Venezuela’s destabilisation by the US is understood best by the countries that have faced imperialist interference. Cuba’s revolutionary process, for example, has produced consistent political solidarity with Venezuela and is actively urging countries to reconsider their stance as regards the US sanctions which are creating severe humanitarian consequences. The recent executive order signed…

The Hitler-Stalin Pact of August 23, 1939: Myth and Reality

Jacques Pauwels In a remarkable book, 1939 : The Alliance That Never Was and the Coming of World War II, the Canadian historian Michael Jabara Carley describes how, at the end of the 1930s, the Soviet Union repeatedly tried, but finally failed, to conclude a pact of mutual security, in other words a defensive alliance, with…

Russian-Venezuelan Military Cooperation Discourages the Hawks

Misión Verdad On August 15, the defense ministers of Russia and Venezuela announced an intergovernmental agreement to allow the exchange of warships in the ports of both countries. The information was released during the official visit of General Vladimir Padrino Lopez to Moscow, in the framework of the 2019 Army International Military Games. The document,…

U.S. Military Manoeuvres Against Venezuela Also Target Russia

Misión Verdad We are now in the midst of 2019 and the coup promoted by the United States against the government of President Nicolás Maduro is deflating. The Norwegian and Barbados dialogues set the political tone for the coming months in Venezuela, however some actions and declarations have shown that Washington has no intention of…