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Kremlin declares talks ‘failure’ as proposals are rebuffed and US senate mulls sanctions; Ryabkov: ‘Russia has never given in to threats or blackmail’; ruble, Russian markets tumble
Golts: Russian proposals are unacceptable to NATO, US, but contain some points that would improve European security overall; however, Moscow’s ultimatum stance shows it intends
to keep raising the stakes, threatening a war.
Lipsky: All signs indicate U.S., Russia, Ukraine not ready to go to war, but the situation is so volatile, any spark could set off fighting
Putin demands that NATO give assurances of no further eastward expansion; Laru: the initiative to join NATO is the prerogative of aspiring states, so giving such a guarantee would require amending the bloc’s charter
Xinhua: The West-led small circles are putting on a clumsy show after rushing one after another to groundlessly smear the election of the seventh-term Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Friday [Dec. 17] refuted a US claim concerning Australia-UK-US (AUKUS) trilateral nuclear submarine cooperation, urging the three not to go ahead with the cooperation and the Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Secretariat not to have consultation with the three countries on the so-called safeguards arrangements until consensus is reached by all parties.
Zhong Sheng: The US should immediately stop its wrong acts that challenge the one-China principle, truly abide by the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiqués, and stop sending any dangerous and erroneous signal to the “Taiwan independence” forces.
ON DECEMBER 8, 1991, the heads of three Union republics – Boris Yeltsin (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic), Leonid Kravchuk (Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic), and Stanislav Shushkevich (Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic) – signed the Belavezha Accords, dissolving the Soviet Union.1 That document was unprecedented in terms of international practice and its socioeconomic consequences for the once […]
This article notes that Washington and Tokyo intend to continue hindering Taiwan’s reunification with Mainland China, which would greatly strengthen Beijing’s position in the Pacific Ocean. Under the administration of President Donald Trump, the United States notably stepped up its support for Taiwan, in both expanding its official ties with Taipei and supplying it with American arms.
Dong Yue: “Washington should wake up from its hegemonic delusion. Hegemony in the guise of democracy is poisonous for America, and destructive for the world. If the world’s sole superpower really wants to promote democracy, the best contribution it can make at the moment is to look inward, and fix its chaotic and dysfunctional democracy at home.”