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Is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi really dead?

The Trump administration is cheering for the presumed elimination of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi while the world is waiting for substantial evidence to back up the claim. The U.S. President said during the press conference that al-Baghdadi died like a coward "whimpering and crying and screaming all the way" while hiding in a dead-end tunnel. Trump also said U.S. operators were able to confirm al-Baghdadi's identity through DNA testing on the scene, noting his body was under rubble and badly mutilated. That's right, because if Usama Bin Laden was buried in the sea, according to a non-existent "Islamic tradition", in this case the public opinion will have to rely on Washington's DNA testing and take al-Baghdadi's death as a granted result of the test.

Bolivia’s Presidential Election: High Tension All Over the Country

Bolivia's Presidential Election: High Tension All Over the Country  People attacked and bleeding, public institutions burning. A government official hanging on the window not to die burned fell from the third floor of the Electoral Court. Carlos Mesa, President Evo Morales opponent, has been inciting violence. Shocking images all over Bolivia after Morales' re-election, for the fourth time. The opposition across the country is promising much more. Increasing and frightful hate has taken the South American country in the last months, fueled by the mainstream media and obscure powers. Where does Bolivia go toward? In Bolivia, truth does not matter so much, it does not come first especially to President Evo Morales's opposition, the Washington regime-backed right-wing. Emotion comes first. Deep hate, in many cases an open sentiment by those who condemn in others, in many cases without proof, exactly what their leaders did once in power, and even does as opposition leaders. 

What is Turkey going to do in response to US and EU sanctions?

Turkey has found itself in a circle of countries subject to US and European sanctions. Are they dangerous for Ankara? What is Turkey going to do in response? EU sanctions against Turkey Turkey was offended by the attitude of NATO allies to its operation in Syria. The Turkish administration believes that by condemning the operation in Syria, the allies mark down Turkish soldiers as terrorists. Recep Erdogan talked about it in a conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday. The sanctions that the "allies" imposed on Ankara look even more ridiculous for the Turkish administration in this context. On Monday, the European Union did not reach a consensus on harsh sanctions against Turkey during the summit of foreign ministers. Nevertheless, EU countries were advised to think twice before signing new arms agreements with Ankara. No restrictions were imposed on existing contracts. Germany, France, the Netherlands, Finland and the Czech Republic banned exports of arms to Turkey. The UK raised many eyebrows by admitting that Turkey made the right decision to conduct Peace Spring Operation in Syria. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace stated that Turkey "Turkey needs to do what it sometimes has to do to defend itself."   Erdogan's response to European sanctions Erdogan threatens to respond to the sanctions by opening a way for migrants to Europe. "If you try to define our operation as an invasion, then our work will become easy," Erdogan said last week. "We are opening the border and sending you 3.6 million refugees," he added.As for the supplies of European weapons, Turkey has long been trying to reduce its dependence on European defense manufacturers. Arms imports from the EU during the first eight months of the year amounted to about $60 million of the total procurement of $300 million. Agreements with Germany for the construction of six submarines for the Turkish Navy, as well as agreements with France and Italy on cooperation in the field of air defense systems are at risk. However, having bought arms systems from Russia, Erdogan proved that he was not clinging to agreements with NATO "allies."

Putin starts historic visit to Saudi Arabia

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Saudi Arabia on October 14. This is Putin's second-ever visit to the monarchy. His previous visit to Saudi Arabia took place in 2007. The talks will take place against the backdrop of the crisis in the Persian Gulf that may evolve into a military conflict between the Arab countries and Iran, Russia's ally in Syria. Moscow and Riyadh diverge on this issue. Saudi Arabia persistently accuses Iran on the recent attacks on its oil refineries. Moscow calls not to make hasty conclusions.During the visit, a package of 30 agreements worth about $2 billion is going to be signed. One of the largest of the them will be an agreement in the field of airline leasing evaluated at $700 million.  There will also be many deals related to railways and the Russian railway operator Russian Railways (RZD). Another agreement is to be concluded in the field of petrochemicals, with Saudi company Sabic being one of the signatories. As for the crisis in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia remains strongly negative in its attitude towards the role of Iran in the region on the whole. Statements from official representatives of the largest monarchy in the Gulf coincide with statements from their counterparts in the United States - the main strategic ally of the kingdom. Both Washington and Riyadh accuse Tehran of sponsoring terrorism, urging the country to abandon this practice and become a "normal state," as Secretary of State Adel al-Jubeir said. The kingdom does not need the services of intermediaries to establish relations with Iran, he stressed. For Russia, Iran is an important ally in Syria.As for the crisis in Syria, Saudi Arabia and Russia also share different positions. From the onset of the war, the kingdom urged Bashar al-Assad to step down. Saudi Arabia has always supported anti-Assad groups. Russia managed to support Assad's regime and build friendly relations with other regional players, including the kingdom."We do not believe that our close ties with Russia adversely affect our relations with the United States. We believe that we can have strategic and strong ties with the United States, while we are developing our ties with Russia," al-Jubeir said when commenting on the development of relations between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Riyadh and Washington have many years of fruitful cooperation. The commodity circulation between the two countries amounted to $37.6 billion in 2018. Many in Saudi Arabia call Putin's visit a historic event.  State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said that the relations with Russia have been developing actively over the past four years. Prior to Putin's visit, the Crown Prince of the kingdom paid a visit to Russia on a number of occasions. Mohammed bin Salman has had talks with Vladimir Putin during G20 summits as well. One of the projects that started improving the relations was the OPEC+ deal to stabilize oil prices by cutting oil output. Putin once noted in an interview that it was an initiative of the Crown Prince to work with Russia in this vein. The volume of mutual trade and the number of joint projects have been growing between Russia and Saudi Arabia during the recent four years. Four years ago, the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Saudi Arabia sovereign fund PIF established partnership. As much as $10 billion of long-term capital has been attracted to the Russian economy with more than 30 joint projects being developed. In 2016, the turnover between Russia and Saudi Arabia amounted to $491 million. It doubled the next year and then reached $1.05 billion in 2018.This is the second visit of the Russian president to the kingdom in the history of relations between the countries. Putin visited Saudi Arabia in 2007, but it took the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud, ten years to make a return visit. He visited Moscow in the autumn of 2017. In 1926, the USSR became the first country to have recognised the independent Saudi state. From the 1930s to the 1990s, the relations were practically frozen; there was no Soviet ambassador in Riyadh. After USSR envoys Karim Khakimov and Nazir Tyuryakulov were executed upon their return to the Soviet Union, King Abdel Aziz, who called them his friends, refused to accept new representatives from the Soviet state.

GRU secret unit: It’s a pity, if it doesn’t exist

The article in The New York Times about the secret division of the GRU was quite objective, but one should talk the protection of Russia's national interests, rather than the "destabilization of Europe." The author of the publication, Michael Schwirtz, conducted an investigation into the activities of Russian special services. He indicated that the events related to the attempted poisoning of former Russian "spy" Sergei Skripal, Bulgarian arms dealer Emilian Gebrev, as well as the attempted coup in Montenegro and destabilization in Moldova were orchestrated by secret unit of Russian military intelligence known for its number 29155. Until recently, Western services considered the above-mentioned events as events of separate nature. However, it is now clear that they were part of a deliberate policy involving a special unit specializing in "subversion, sabotage and assassination," Schwirtz wrote.
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