Russia's main allies are India, China, Belarus, Iran and Syria. Though Russia is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, it is a member of the related Partnership for Peace program, which establishes some ties to full members of NATO.Continue Reading
Russia and India have been close allies for many decades. The two countries have a formal declaration of strategic partnership that applies to political relations, counter-terrorism, defense, nuclear energy and space exploration.
China and Russia have become close since the Soviet Union was dissolved. As of 2014, they have not declared a formal alliance, but trade is strong between the two countries, particularly in military hardware. China has also formally declared its support for Russia's invasion of Crimea.
Russia has a formal alliance with Belarus entitled the Union of Russia and Belarus. This joins the two countries in a similar manner to members of a federation.
As of 2014, Russia still has ties with some former Soviet Union states by way of the Commonwealth of Independent States. There is no guarantee of good relations between Russia and other member states, as evidenced by its military invasions of the Ukraine and of former member state Georgia.
Russia is also a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the North Atlantic Cooperation Council.Learn more about Modern Europe
As of 2014, countries embargoed by the United States include Burma, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Sanctions placed on other countries by the United States can be either comprehensive or selective. The United States also has sanctions placed on individuals in many countries, including Iraq, Lebanon, Russia, Somalia and Yemen.Full Answer >
While Muslim communities in any country, including Russia, China and the United States, are likely to observe the fasting and abstinence month of Ramadan, the following countries with an Islamic majority tend to do so more widely: Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Morocco, Egypt, Mauritania, Tunisia, Algeria, Somalia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Oman, Yemen, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Since the timing for the commencement of Ramadan is taken from the moon phase and visibility, the dates and length of this month vary, not only from year to year but from region to region as well.Full Answer >
Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Bulgaria and Greece border each other as well to the northwest of Turkey. Armenia is in-between Georgia and Azerbaijan to the east of Turkey. Iran is just south of Azerbaijan and next to Iraq.Full Answer >
Countries in the Eastern Hemisphere include Germany, Romania, Poland, Egypt, China, Japan, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Countries that are located in both the Eastern Hemisphere and the Western Hemisphere include the United States, Russia, Spain, France, Kiribati and the United Kingdom.Full Answer >