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Cyprus, the endgame

epa05432325 Cypriot soldiers stand next to the crosses marking the graves of Greek and Cypriot soldiers killed in the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, at the Tymvos Macedonitissas military cemetery in Nicosia, Cyprus, 19 July 2016. 20 July 2016 marks the 42nd anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Cyprus was split into Greek Cypriot south and Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded in response to a coup by supporters of union with Greece.  EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU

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 »

Russia starts scaling down Syria military deployment

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Russia’s military on Jan. 6 said it has begun scaling back its deployment to Syria, with Moscow’s sole aircraft carrier ordered to leave the conflict zone first. Hurriyet MOSCOW – Agence France–Presse “In accordance with the decision of the supreme commander of the Russian armed forces Vladimir Putin, the… Russia starts scaling… Read More »

Americans can spot election meddling because they’ve been doing it for years

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If Vladimir Putin intervened to help Donald Trump, that’s an outrage. Owen Jones The Guardian But then so is the long US record of foreign interference As I write, president-elect… Americans can spot election… Read More »

McCain and Graham vs. Trump and Putin

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The two GOP mavericks take center stage Thursday with a hearing on cyber threats. Burgess Everett and Austin Wright Politico John McCain and Lindsey Graham have spent the past eight years chiding President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, sarcastically calling the president naïve when it comes to world affairs and regularly grilling his Cabinet members… McCain and Graham vs… Read More »

Assassination in Ankara

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Russia, NATO, and Turkey’s Violent Politics By Halil Karaveli Foreign Affairs On December 19, Mevlut Mert Altintas, a Turkish police officer, assassinated Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. His action… Assassination in… Read More »

Insecurity is cash cow for Europe’s defense firms

Ukrainian servicemen fire with howitzer during a military exercise near eastern the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on September 22, 2015. NATO's General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg on September 21 started a two-day visit to Ukraine, his first trip to the crisis-hit nation, in a show of support for Ukraine's pro-Western government. Ex-Soviet Ukraine says it wants to join the US-led security bloc but NATO has been lukewarm on the proposal. AFP PHOTO / SERGEY VOLSKIY        (Photo credit should read SERGEY VOLSKIY/AFP/Getty Images)

Concerns about Trump, terrorism and tensions with Russia are driving EU defense spending. Harry Cooper Politico After a decade of slashing defense budgets, European leaders are about to start investing significantly more in arms, citing “a challenging geopolitical environment.” A resurgent Russia… Insecurity is cash… Read More »

Here’s why Russia gives itself high marks for 2016

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L), and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attend a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia December 29, 2016. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTX2WU02

Russia’s chief diplomatic and military agencies are reporting on their performance for the just-ended year, and the news appears to be good. Maxim A. Suchkov Al Monitor A newly released report, Overview of Foreign Policy 2016, states, “The key track in strengthening international security and stability in 2016 was the struggle against terrorism.” In this regard… Here’s why Russia… Read More »

It is now May’s task to tell Trump the truth about Putin

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The PM has talked tough on Russian aggression. Matthew d’Ancona The Guardian Convincing Washington will be a greater challenge The American eagle… It is now May’s… Read More »

Czechs launch anti-propaganda unit with close eye on Russia

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Kremlin-friendly president Milos Zeman criticises new ‘hybrid threats’ centre Daniel McLaughlin in Prague The Irish Times The Czech Republic has launched a special government unit to counter terrorism and “hybrid” threats such as fake news and… Czechs launch anti… Read More »

Facts force Washington Post to backtrack on report that Russia hacked US power grid

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The Washington Post has corrected an article in which it said that Russian hackers had infiltrated the US power grid at a Vermont utility. RT  The newspaper now says authorities have no such “indications” as people on social media claim the outlet promotes “fake… Facts force Washington… Read More »

The new world order, 2017

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One insistent question that will shape 2017 is whether we’re witnessing the gradual decay of the post-World War II international order, dominated by the economic and military power of the United States. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, it became fashionable to talk of the United States as the only true superpower. Pax Americana would… The new world… Read More »