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The Turkish Gambit

... and risky policy in military and technical cooperation, effectively regarding it to be a continuation of Recep Erdogan’s foreign policy agenda. Following a memorable game round when Ankara, much to its own surprise, ended up purchasing Russia’s S-400 ABM systems, Turkey has now decided to update its fighter fleet. Turkey’s policy could be seen as a “balancing act” between major actors on the international stage. This term, however, usually implies alternating friendly signals, while for ...


Russia Doubles Down on Iraq Despite COVID-19

... She apparently was referring to concerns that Iraq could become a battleground for a proxy war between Iran and the United States. Iraqi parliament members appeal to national interests when making statements about the necessity to purchase Russia’s S-400 missile defense system. Indeed, the country’s limited ability to control the sky resurfaced when, on Jan. 3, the United States killed Qasem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq's Popular ...


Will Russia Reinforce Iraq's Air Defenses?

... rapidly after 2014, when the implementation of previously signed contracts reinforced Iraq’s security system, facilitating the country’s struggle against the Islamic State. Back then, reports circulated about Baghdad’s interest in purchasing Russian S-400 missile systems. However, Iraqi government officials continuously denied these statements. Now, in light of the Israeli strikes, the Iraqi talks with Russia over reinforcement of its air defense systems is taking on new meaning in Iraq. However,...


It Is Time to Revise Russia–Turkey Relations for a More Stable Future

Interconnectedness of Turkey with Europe and USA may be of good utility for Russian global foreign policy With ongoing debates on Russian-made S-400 deliveries to Turkey, fate of continuing cooperation of Russia, Turkey and Iran in Syria and future of Ankara’s relations with the European Union and NATO, it is high time to make an honest review of Russian-Turkish relations, define weaknesses ...


Buying Russian Missile Systems Would Be a Political Breakthrough for Turkey

... who tries to pursue an independent foreign policy. Erdogan, in turn, also has a grudge against the US for the attempted coup in 2016, when the Americans tried to liquidate him physically. However, despite all these “red lines,” the Russian-Turkish S-400 deal is unlikely to be finalized. This is a very sensitive issue. One of the US deputy defense secretaries, back in the days of Donald Rumsfeld, told me: “You can sell rifles, automatic weapons, armored vehicles, even tanks to a NATO member state,...


Following the Downing of its Su-24 Russia Changes the Rules of the Game in Syria

... Ankara would play out Russia made a number of surprising strategic decisions that may change the rules of the game in the Levant and the Mediterranean. Following the downing of the Russian fighter jet Moscow made a swift decision to deploy its newest S-400 air defense system to the base in Latakia and the naval version of S-300 on Moskva cruiser off the coast of Syria. The Russian anti-airshaft and missile defense systems engage numerous targets simultaneously with their radars allowing the operator ...


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