Most serious western analysts dismiss the possibility that Russia and China could ever form a true alliance. But the Sino-Russian relationship has already become much closer. A fully fledged alliance built on shared antagonism towards the US-dominated world order is a possibility, if not yet a reality. Source: FT
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Ambassador says Italian parliament’s investigations into NGOs is ‘a routine exercise carried by two parliamentary committees’ and that there’s no ‘hidden agenda’ Source Malta Today
A referendum through which the people of the Kurdistan Region to decide whether they want to stay with Iraq or separate and establish a state of their own will be held this year, says Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Source Rudaw
The US and Turkey continue to hold on to diametrically opposite opinions on the status of Kurdish military and political entities in Syria, threatening to drive a wedge between Ankara and its Western allies.Source Sputnik