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Erdogan, Putin concerned about Mideast stability

Putin is to meet with Erdogan on Monday to discuss the issue of Jerusalem and Middle East tensions [Xinhua]

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Saturday Washington of further instability if the US embassy is moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Last week, US President Donald Trump reversed decades of foreign policy and declared his country’s recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. He also signed an executive order to move the embassy there.

There are currently no embassies in Jerusalem as the international community considers it a disputed city with its final status only decided by agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.

During a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, 14 of 15 members criticized Trump’s decision leaving US ambassador Nikki Haley having to defend her president’s position.

The other 14 members, including major US allies, reiterated their support for a peace agreement based on the territories of 1967. East Jerusalem, they said, should be part of a Palestinian state.

Erdogan and Putin said Trump’s declaration threatens peace efforts. The two leaders said they had serious concerns about the future of the region and feared further escalation, a statement from the Kremlin said.

Erdogan said that declaring Jerusalem the Israeli capital was a “red line” for the Muslim world.

The Turkish President, who is the current chair of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, said he would try and consolidate a unified Muslim response to the declaration.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Putin discussed the crisis during a phone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Putin is expected to raise the issue with his Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during his scheduled visit to Cairo on Monday.

He is also expected to make a stop in Turkey to discuss the status of Jerusalem.

The United Nations, European Union, and other organization have criticized Trump’s declaration.

China, meanwhile, reiterated its backing of the decades-old Middle East peace process and said it supported the “just cause of the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate rights and interests”.

Beijing said that “China supports the establishment of a Palestinian state with full sovereignty and independence on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital”.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

Russian President Putin to seek new six-year term in 2018 elections

President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday he would seek re-election in March 2018, a contest opinion polls show he will win comfortably, setting the stage for him to extend his dominance of Russia’s political landscape into a third decade.

British elections at risk from perfect storm of threats, says watchdog

Electoral Commission chair, who is probing possible Russian meddling in 2016 Brexit vote, urges urgent reform to thwart cheats

The head of the elections watchdog has demanded urgent reform of the UK’s electoral laws and warned that the country faces a “perfect storm” of threats that could put the integrity of the system at risk.

Sir John Holmes, the chair of the Electoral Commission, also confirmed to the Guardian that the body has launched an inquiry into possible Russian interference in the EU referendum and is waiting for evidence from Facebook, Google and Twitter.

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Russia hosts Eurasian SCO meeting

China and Russia have fat-tracked their cooperation and alliance in recent years. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will meet on the sidelines of the SCO Meeting in Sochi November 30, 2017 [Xinhua]

The 16th meeting of the Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which opens in the Russian port city of Sochi on Thursday, will look at global economic recovery, regional security and counter-terrorism efforts among its Eurasian members.

The SCO was founded in 2001, built on the foundations of a former organization – the Shanghai Five – and currently includes China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikstan and Uzbekistan.

India and Pakistan, formerly only observers in the SCO, joined as full members in June 2017.

Indian Foreign (External Affairs) Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Sochi on Wednesday night, and is likely to press Delhi’s calls for tighter cooperation among members to combat transnational terrorism.

Last week, India marked the ninth anniversary of the Mumbai terrorist attacks which left 170 people dead.

Meanwhile, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Moscow on Wednesday and also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin before heading to Sochi.

Li told reporters that both China and Russia will play a constructive role to “strengthen communication and coordination on international affairs, and cement cooperation within multilateral frameworks including the SCO”.

China-Russia cooperation has great potential and broad prospects, added Li.

Putin said he hopes that China and Russia can increase their win-win cooperation.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will lead Russia’s delegation at the Sochi SCO meetings.

Meanwhile, the SCO Council – which has increasing embraced strategic economic cooperation in addition to security – is likely to consider new membership applications.

Iran, which maintains strong ties with founders China and Russia, is close to achieving full membership

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

Strip away the layers and Brexit becomes ever more murky | Gina Miller

Mounting allegations of opaque funding and illicit influence should trouble even the diehard Brexiters

I clearly remember pondering, on 24 June 2016, why there was not more public and political outrage at the idea of a British government putting itself above the law, and using the royal prerogative to execute the referendum result. I find myself in exactly the same mindset in terms of the potential undermining of our democracy, government and sovereignty by a hostile foreign power – Russia – in what appears to be a secretive coup.

As a transparency campaigner and a passionate believer in our British values, as well as political and democratic systems, I am worried. People were told that walking out of the EU would liberate us from the clutches of unaccountable bureaucrats and would allow us to “take back control”. Auberon Waugh’s “junta of Belgian ticket inspectors” would be sent packing, the British people would reclaim sovereignty and British courts would decide British law for British people. The fog of bureaucracy would be blown away by the accountability and transparency that we supposedly enjoyed in the days before 1973.

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Facebook and Twitter to give details of Russian-backed Brexit posts

Social media giants tell Commons watchdog they will hand over information about Russian activity in coming weeks

Facebook and Twitter have agreed to hand over some information relating to the reach of Russian-backed posts during the Brexit referendum, according to the House of Commons media watchdog.

Damian Collins, the chair of parliament’s digital, culture, media and sport committee, said he believed the information would give the UK a better idea of whether Russia tried to influence the vote on leaving the EU.

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