Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for talks with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts on key issues affecting the region. The three regional powers have a complex relationship of shared interests and contrasts.
NATO's new Strategic Concept is clear, concise and thoughtful. But what was decided in Madrid requires that a good proportion of the NATO countries' forces, including that of Italy, be potentially ready and able to intervene. And to do so requires adequate training, means and funds.
In the more than 100 days since President Putin launched the invasion, NATO countries have had a clear indicator of the Russian armed forces' capabilities, and at the end of June, at the Alliance summit in Madrid, the NATO Strategic Concept for 2022 will be consequently agreed upon.
Given what is happening in North Korea, one can hardly understand the logic guiding WHO's decisions. It seems necessary to support Taiwan's inclusion in WHO to enable it to fully participate in the mechanisms and activities.
A Taiwan invaded and in the hands of People's China would give Beijing worldwide control of electronics manufacturing. For now, Chinese President Xi draws "red lines", such as the one he has indicated as not surmountable, in recent days, for the visit to Taipei of the speaker of the US Congress, Nancy Pelosi.
It's hard to see this war ending with a peace agreement anytime soon. It will be a long diplomatic journey. Much more likely, some form of frozen conflict, similar to agreeing on an armistice, could take shape; after that, the preservation of Ukraine's combat power will be crucial.
On a purely tactical level, there is no chance for the Ukrainians to turn the tide of the conflict in the open field. However, there is the possibility that the defenses could hold out for a long time in the urbanized areas, inflicting such losses on the Russians as to exhaust their ability to advance.
The proven logistics of Italian hospitality and the generosity of our people will, as always, make us proud of ourselves. Ukrainian friends know that Italy does not intend to look the other way.
Russian military aggression is an indicator of what could happen. Authoritarian powers may become convinced that the time has come to reshape the world by taking advantage of the weakness shown by Biden.