V. Putin, R. Erdogan and M. Salman have a lot in common. The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have regional ambitions. And all of them are at risk and inclination to use military force. Their interests often contradict each other, which contributes to the incitement of conflicts over the expansion of their sphere of influence in the territory stretching from the Middle East to North Africa and the Caucasus. If their rivalry gets out of hand, civilians will suffer, according to the Financial Times (UK).
The environmental situation is becoming an increasingly significant factor affecting the politics and economy of both individual countries and integration associations. The coronavirus pandemic has shown the need for a transition to sustainable economic models, one of which is considered to be a "green" economy.
According to experts, today there is a shortage of irrigation water in Jambyl region of Kazakhstan, which negatively affects the country’s agricultural sector.
The World Bank published the report "COVID-19 and Human Capital (Economic Outlook Update for Europe and Central Asia)".
According to a survey conducted by the American Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), most US citizens consider China to be the main threat to their country’s national security.
The international rating agency S&P Global Ratings has published forecasts for the recovery of the global economy. According to experts, emerging market economies have begun to recover from a sharp downturn in economic activity, as governments weaken social distancing measures, global demand is growing, and financial conditions remain favorable.
In recent years, significant progress has been made in the fight against tuberculosis. However, WHO warns that this success is now in danger, because all resources, including money and specialists, are directed to containing COVID-19, Tagesschau (Germany) notes.
The second summit of the heads of state and government of the European Union was held in Brussels on 15-16 October. The agenda of the meeting, which took place in the context of a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 diseases in the EU countries, the President of the Council of Europe S. Michel included a number of urgent issues: a) the epidemiological situation; b) climatic changes; c) relations with Great Britain; d) issues of international relations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered from 1 January 2022 to introduce a complete ban on the export of unprocessed coniferous and valuable deciduous timber from Russia. Such a cardinal decision was made to stop the uncontrolled (shadow) export of untreated timber in the country.
Russia and China, through interaction at the UN platform, make a significant contribution to protecting global and regional security. They help to increase the voice of developing countries in global governance, according to CRI (PRC).