Valerio Fabbri's Blog

Valerio Fabbri

The author is a communication professional for work and a reporter/political analyst by heart, with a passion for international affairs and a penchant for Russia, FSU and SEE countries. Graduate of La Sapienza University, SSEES/UCL and SAIS/JHU.

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August 9, 2022

At the beginning of July, the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, met his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bali. Exchanging views on the Ukraine crisis, Wang added that China would (i)…

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July 22, 2022

A convergence of interests (read: opposition to the U.S.) is bringing Iran, China and Russia closer together than ever. As their relations with the West deteriorate, Russia and China are seeking to rewire global power flows in ways that will work to…

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June 28, 2022

The Russia-Ukraine conflict has triggered changes both in the regional and international landscape. Given China’s increasing international influence, the changes in the international situation are bound to have implications for China too. The continued…

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May 25, 2022

Russia’s military operation in Ukraine has changed the recent fortunes of the weapon industry, enabling it to make huge profits. The Russia-Ukraine conflict, which has been going on since February 24, has witnessed a massive growth in defence spending…

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April 29, 2022

Although Beijing has extended firm diplomatic support to Russia during the Ukraine conflict, it appears unwilling to back Moscow in a whole-hearted manner to avert Western sanctions due to the fear of secondary sanctions. In an effort to stem growing…

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March 21, 2022

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, used Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, as a temporary scapegoat to deflect attention as he was about to launch what the Kremlin calls a “special operation” in Ukraine. The long-planned, two-day visit to Moscow of…

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February 18, 2022

Ukraine’s rejection of the Chinese bid to buy a major stake in the Ukrainian aviation company Motor Sich through off-shore companies seems to have irked Beijing. Furthermore, Ukrainian authorities froze shares and imposed sanctions on Chinese…

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January 17, 2022

Conventional security narrative in Central Asia has been that Islamist militancy impacts “from Ferghana Valley to South Waziristan”. However, with the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, the ambit might have expanded, engulfing the whole of…

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December 17, 2021

The relations between Russia and China find many convergences, yet their bilateral ties are pragmatic rather than ideological. Source: tamilguardian.com In fact, the relations between Moscow and Beijing in the international arena do not appear…

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October 27, 2021

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has created a power vacuum with security implications for the wider region that has perhaps been underestimated. While the withdrawal of the United States and its Western allies after a 20-year presence might have…

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  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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