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What prompted Russia’s shift in stance on Syria opposition?

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When 2016 was drawing to a close, Moscow surprisingly agreed to divide Syrian warring factions into “good” and “bad” guys and to recognize the idea of the “moderate opposition. Anton Mardasov Al Monitor On Jan. 10, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced the preparation of talks between the Syrian government and the armed opposition in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, on Jan. 23. The rebels are seriously preparing for… What prompted Russia’s shift in… Read More »

Poland welcomes US troops as part of NATO buildup

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Russia says US troop buildup is ‘a threat’ Laura Smith-Spark and Atika Shubert, CNN Zagan, Poland (CNN) – Poland’s leaders are set to stage a formal welcome ceremony Saturday for the biggest US troop deployment to Europe in… Some 4,000 US soldiers have been deployed as… Poland welcomes US… Read More »

Tim Barrow, invisible ambassador

2202389 06/12/2013 British choreographer Matthew Bourne, left, and Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Russia Tim Barrow at the buffet after the play The Sleeping Beauty, staged by Bourne at the Mossovet Theater during the 11th Chekhov International Theater Festival. Vladimir Vyatkin/Sputnik

Britain’s new envoy to the European Union kept a low profile as ambassador to Russia. Marc Bennetts Politico MOSCOW — “Tim who?” That was the reaction of… Tim Barrow, invisible… Read More »

Trump’s man Tillerson stays blunt as hearing turns tasty

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Washington: – Secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson called U.S. intelligence findings of Russian interference in the presidential election “troubling” on Wednesday but said he has not yet seen classified information about allegations that Russia intended to… Ed O’Keefe and Anne Gearan The Age The Washington Post Tillerson, the former top executive at ExxonMobil, also declined to… Trump’s man Tillerson… Read More »

U.S. Russia Relations: How Did We Get Here?

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If only we had followed Reagan’s approach to Russia, just imagine how different the world would be today. Curt Weldon The National Interest Ronald Reagan was my role model and my inspiration as I proudly served in the US Congress during the last two years of his tenure. I took Reagan’s words… U.S. Russia Relations… Read More »

 Trump, Russia, and the Return of Scapegoating, a Timeless American Tradition

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Our bipartisan tendency to blame others for our own failures will be the cause of American decline. By Patrick Lawrence The Nation Now that the intelligence chiefs’ report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election is available in expurgated form—and… Trump, Russia, and… Read More »

Will Arctic trade prompt China to build an ‘ice-water navy’?

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The final of a two-part series looks at the global implications of China’s trade interests in the Northwest Passage and other navigation routes Doug Tsouruoka Asia Times While China doesn’t border Arctic regions, this doesn’t preclude Beijing from making future security moves involving the Northwest Passage or other northern reaches, especially if such routes become shipping lifelines and… Will Arctic trade prompt… Read More »

Could Turkey swing over to the Russian camp?

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Even though, historically, Russia has a weighty past with Turkey, and even though it has not forgotten the personal rôle played by current President Erdoğan, to its detriment, during the the first Chechen war, it can not fail to be interested by the… Thierry Meyssan Voltaire  Could Turkey swing… Read More »

Putin Lucked Into The Only GOP Nominee Who Would’ve Wanted His Help

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WASHINGTON ― In an alternate universe, the Republican nominee for president holds a news conference to denounce Russian interference in the coming election. S.V. Date  The Huffington Post He calls out the long-known links between Russian spy agencies and WikiLeaks, and… Putin Lucked Into… Read More »

Cut To The (Russian) Chase

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“Russian hacking” is the Left/Never-Trumpers’ explanation for Donald Trump’s election. Diana West The Daily Caller In their furrowed-brow telling, they have just discovered something called “Russian interference” and “Russian influence.” Don’t ask where so many… Cut To The (Russian) Chase Read More »

Cyprus, the endgame

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A deal to reunify Cyprus would give the EU a win it desperately needs. Sara Stefanini Politico It’s make-or-break week for Greek and Turkish Cypriots, as their leaders enter the toughest stretch yet of negotiations to reunify the long-divided island. It’s a make-or-break… Cyprus, the… Read More »

Is Iran following Russia’s lead in Syria?

Foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) of Turkey and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, attend a news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov - RTX2VUYG

Hamidreza Azizi wrote this week that Moscow’s Syria strategy includes helping “Iran and Turkey find common ground on the Syrian crisis and then [it can] concentrate its efforts on further proceeding with a political solution together with Turkey. Week in Review Al Monitor As such, it could be argued that Iran’s current approach toward the Syrian issue is effectively pursued through the gates of Russia.” Azizi added that because… Is Iran following Russia’s… Read More »

The Observer view on Turkey and Putin’s malign patronage

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blames the US for many of his country’s troubles but we must be wary of his closer ties with Russia Observer editorial The Guardian Little noticed amid the uproar over last week’s terrorist attacks in Izmir and Istanbul has been Turkey’s linked escalation of a The Observer view… Read More »

Russian treachery is extreme and it is everywhere

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Vladimir Putin’s worldwide influence is pernicious. Nick Cohen The Guardian Dare Theresa May confront it? Nationalism always breaks its… Russian treachery is extreme… Read More »

On the Trump Russia intel Twitter hysteria

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Do please relax a bit. Yes, though I no longer have a security clearance, it seems abundantly clear Russia did all it could to help Donald Trump win the US election. Danielle Pletka AEI But even the intel community doesn’t say it won it for him. He won it, and… On the Trump Russia… Read More »

Why Russia, Turkey and Iran are natural allies

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­ The ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran has opened the way to peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and opposition. Adrian Campbell The Conversation The Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will play peacemaker and the timing of the… Why Russia, Turkey… Read More »