Lavrov: China, ASEAN interested in organization of Eurasian partnershipRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 28, 11:45
MC-21 airliner makes first test flight - sourceBusiness & Economy May 28, 11:00
Putin sends greeting to Border Guard on their professional holidayMilitary & Defense May 28, 10:57
Ukrianian court puts on hold lawsuit against ban on Russian social networksWorld May 28, 6:10
Russia’s Lasitskene wins high jump in Diamond League event in Eugene, USSport May 28, 4:59
Havana Airport gets Russian-made air traffic control systemsWorld May 28, 4:16
Guests of FIFA 2018 World Cup sure to get warm welcome in Russia — LavrovSport May 28, 2:25
Kantemir Balagov’s "Closeness" gets Cannes Festival’s International Critics’ PrizeSociety & Culture May 28, 1:03
Anti-church laws in Ukraine may cause religious strife — Ukrainian Orthodox ChurchWorld May 28, 0:22
MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. Moscow maintains close ties with nations of the Middle East and reckons that the region’s countries will overcome all hurdles that they currently face, the director of The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vitaly Naumkin, said at the forum dubbed: "The Middle East: When Will Tomorrow Come?" held by the Valdai Discussion Club in Moscow.
"Russia is not just an external global player for the Middle East, it is a country, whose people are closely bound up with the peoples of this region," he noted. "We are not strangers. We strongly believe that this region is significant for the whole world and will get through all the challenges it faces."
The Russian expert links the region’s current situation to the progressing shift in the world order. "Is the situation in the Middle East a painful death of an old order with unpredictable consequences, probably with ensuing chaos, or it is the labor pains of a new order’s birth," he asked. According to Naumkin, today it seems as if "somebody is testing out this rich, exclusively diversified region, and its system of nation states."