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GGN WEEKLY GEOPOLITICAL SUMMARY(NOVEMBER 23-27)

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(November 23-27)


EURASIA

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  • US slap sanctions on Russian companies and Chinese entities, due to the alleged violation of US non-proliferation legislation in respect of Iran, North Korea and Syria.
  • Russia’s defense ministry claimed that one of its warships had caught a U.S. Navy destroyer operating in Russia’s Pacific territorial waters.
  • Russian Gazprom Neft lays out plans for Arctic block with huge oil and gas potential.
  • Russia and Belarus discussed prospects of interaction in the fuel and energy sector.

ASIA PACIFIC

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  • The Indonesian Navy announced they will move the headquarters of its combat squad to Natuna islands, located on a crucial passage for commercial shipping, bordering waters believed to have rich reserves of undiscovered oil and gas.
  • Taiwan and the US are moving ahead with a plan to finance infrastructure and energy projects in Asia to counter China’s global BRI
  • China visited South Korea to push forward linking of the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi flew to Japan for talks amid regional tensions.

MIDDLE EAST

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  • Netanyahu visited Saudi Arabia to meet with Bin Salman, showing Riyadh has entered the normalization game.
  • A senior Iranian expert specialized in nuclear technology was assassinated in a terrorist attack in Tehran. Israel is suspected of the assassination.
  • The Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs warned that Daesh has intensified its activities in Iraq in recent months.
  • BP announced it will invest more money in Middle Eastern oil and natural-gas fields.
  • Russian Gazprom Neft said the Middle East remains in the zone of strategic interests of the company.
  • Houthis fired a missile at the oil distribution plant of Saudi Aramco in Jeddah.

EUROPE

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  • Greece has rejected new calls by Turkey to start exploratory talks to settle their maritime differences regarding the eastern Mediterranean.
  • MEPs have adopted an amendment calling on the European Council to impose sanctions on Turkey, after they unanimously voted to condemn its recent behavior in Cyprus and the surrounding territorial waters.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States and several European countries of “gross interference” in the domestic affairs of Belarus.

AFRICA

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  • The EU warned fighting between Ethiopia’s military and regional forces from the northern Tigray region is seriously destabilizing the East African and Horn region.

SOUTH AMERICA

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  • China ratified its cooperation with Venezuela although the United States threatened to sanction countries that do business with the South American country.

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  • CHINA/MALAYSIA: China and Malaysia, usually friends, land in another maritime standoff, and each side is showing increased resolve to stand tall against the other.  Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam contest some or all of China’s claims to the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea that’s rich in fisheries as well as energy.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS

 

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  • CHINA: China lodged strong protests to the United States after the latter imposed new sanctions related to Iran on Chinese entities. US would impose sanctions on four Chinese entities, accusing them and Russia of “carrying out activities in promoting Iran’s missile programme.”

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  • BELARUS: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States and several European countries of “gross interference” in the domestic affairs of Belarus. He met Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has faced months of protests over his disputed reelection.

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  • EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: MEPs have adopted an amendment calling on the European Council to impose sanctions on Turkey, after they unanimously voted to condemn its recent “unilateral and illegal” behavior in Cyprus and the surrounding territorial waters.

SOURCE: RT

 

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  • EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: Greece has rejected new calls by Turkey to start exploratory talks to settle their maritime differences, feeding into a long-running and dangerous energy standoff in the eastern Mediterranean. The snub comes as Greece tries to increase pressure on its European allies to impose sanctions on Turkey during a summit next week.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS

 

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  • ISRAEL-SAUDI ARABIA: Netanyahu visited Saudi Arabia to meet with Bin Salman in the presence of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The visit confirmed that Riyadh has entered the normalization game and suggests that the wave of Gulf normalization was not simply an attempt to give US President Donald Trump’s election campaign a foreign policy boost.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

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  • ETHIOPIA: Fighting between Ethiopia’s military and regional forces from the northern Tigray region is seriously destabilizing the East African and Horn region, the EU warned. A 72-hour government deadline for Tigray forces to surrender is due to expire, while the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a political party spearheading the fighting, has rejected the ultimatum. Ethiopian PM refuses ‘unwelcome’ international offers to end war in Tigray.

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  • CHINA/JAPAN: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi flew to Japan for talks amid regional tensions (China claims the Japanese-controlled islands, which it calls Diaoyu, and routinely sends its warships to the surrounding waters). The visit comes after China signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership with 14 other economies, including Japan and South Korea, which are close allies of the US in the region.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

 

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  • US/CHINA: China has accused the United States of trying to “create chaos” in the Asia-Pacific, a day after US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien backed countries in maritime disputes with China and accused Beijing of using military pressure to further its own interests.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

 

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