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Is Trump’s Maximum Pressure Policy against Iran working?

The declared aim of the pressure was put into 12 tough demands by Pompeo, which required Iran: To, inter alia, permanently and verifiably abandon every single military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program; to cease “proliferation of ballistic missiles and halt further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems”; to quite “its support to Middle East "terrorist" groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad”; to withdraw “all forces under Iran's command throughout the entirety of Syria”; to terminate “the Islamic Revolutionary Guard corps-linked Quds Force's support for "terrorists" and "militant" partners around the world; and to end “its threatening behavior against its neighbors, many of whom are US allies, including its threats to destroy Israel and its firing of missiles at Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and threats to international shipping and destructive cyberattacks”.

US Lifts Arms Embargo on Cyprus, But Only Selling Smoke

In addition to the lifting of the Cyprus arms embargo, the bill also envisions greater energy cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean with Greece, Israel and the Greek Cypriot administration through the establishment of a United States-Eastern Mediterranean Energy Center, and the authorization of millions of dollars of financial and logistical assistance to the Greek and Greek Cypriot militaries.

Will the US Congress Sway the Trump Administration Against Turkey?

The bill also emphasizes that Turkey's purchase of the S-400 systems is within the scope of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) and states that "such a purchase would endanger the integrity of the NATO alliance, would adversely affect ongoing operations of the United States Armed Forces, including coalition operations in which the United States Armed Forces participate, would result in a significant impact to defense cooperation between the United States and Turkey, and would significantly increase the risk of compromising United States defense systems and operational capabilities.

The Libya Crisis and the Future of Khalifa Haftar

At a time where the United States is turning the world into a more chaotic place where only power has meaning through actively undermining international law, as can be seen from the examples of Egypt and Venezuela, Turkey is trying to minimize the damage caused by this chaos on the region.