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The Turkey-Russia Relationship: Why “Compartmentalization” and Not Conflict?

... and Turkey are also both essential power brokers in active conflicts in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Although the two often find themselves supporting opposing factions in these conflicts, their cooperation has been a catalyst for uneasy ceasefires in Libya, Syria, and Nagorno-Karabakh. Both Russia and Turkey are likely to play a larger role in Afghanistan following the departure of U.S. and NATO forces in the country. Turkey’s closeness to Russia also stems from its diplomatic isolation within the Middle ...


The Future of Humanitarian Aid Delivery to Syria: What is Russia’s Rationale?

... have to be replaced with deliveries in accordance with the guiding principles of UNGA res. 46/182 (1991) — through and in coordination with the central government. Russia is concerned that the humanitarian issue is used by the U.S. and its allies to undermine Syria's territorial sovereignty and create preferable conditions for the areas out of Damascus's control. Second is the absence of adequate and transparent control over the trans-border aid delivery mechanism. Russia repeatedly expressed concerns about ...


The UN and Interntional Conflict Resolution. A Lecture by Robert H. Serry at RIAC

The event was the occasion for an extensive discussion on the evolution of the role of the United Nations in conflict resolution, from its origins until the current crisis of confidence it experiences On February 21, the Russian Council of International Affairs had the pleasure to welcome Robert H. Serry for a lecture on the UN and international ...


A Scenario in Syria

What might be a “second option” for Russia in Syria? The situation around Russia in Syria is up for debate. No doubt, Russia would like to lead a reconstruction effort in Syria, in harmony with all relevant partners, including the UN, the EU, the USA, China, India, Turkey, Iran, Israel, the Sunni Arab states including the Golf Council ...


Syrian Opposition in Moscow: Keeping the Political Settlement Train on the Right Track

... war and the fight against international terrorism are closely linked with this process. The build-up of efforts by the international community is taking place when the negotiations, which according to UNSC Resolution 2254 should be conducted between Syrians with the UN mediation have stalled. The parties could not move away from the maximalist positions and take the path to mutually acceptable compromises. The National Reconciliation Congress, held at the initiative of Russia in Sochi, gave hope that the Constitutional ...


The End of OPCW-UN mechanism. What Stands Behind the Russian “No”?

... of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism,” and the term ‘FFM report’ refers to the “ Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria regarding an alleged incident in Khan Shaykhun, Syrian Arab Republic. April 2017.” Arguments provided by JIM to support the conclusion about responsibility of SAR for the Khan Shaykhun sarin incident According to 7 th JIM report, the 9 arguments below convinced the JIM Leading Panel of SAR’s responsibility ...


Middle East Zugzwang

... Syrian constitution and holding free and fair elections within 18 months. Although the designated period has yet to expire, there have been no real steps to create a transitional governing body. In 2016, the scheduled elections to the People’s Council of Syria did take place, but for various reasons, the West did not recognize their results. In any case, an attempt to create a transitional governing body (TGB) is sure to face a number of unresolvable for the time being questions. According to Resolution ...


Syria Talks: Fear and Loathing in Geneva

... negotiating process. From the beginning it was clear that not only Syrian parties but their international backers as well were not on the same page about the goals of peace talks. In the week up to February 3 a few notable developments took place in and around Syria that may potentially alter the balance of power. The pause may help everyone touch base with their partners and assess the new status quo. One of the developments that seemed surprising to many observers was the statement by Russia’s Foreign ...


Interview with Italian magazine Limes, published on February 4, 2016

Question: Who has provoked the Ukrainian crisis? Was Moscow aware of the geopolitical, economic and reputational price it would have to pay for Crimea’s reunification with Russia? Do you think it was too high in the context of Russian-Ukrainian relations? Is there a lasting solution to the Ukrainian crisis? Sergey Lavrov: The Ukrainian crisis was not incidental, but rather the result of systemic problems ...


The Syrian Refugee Crisis. Can Brazil really afford to take 50,000 syrian refugees?

... Distracted by the death of ex german chancellor Helmut Schmidt, the new socialist government in Portugal and the apparent extremist attacks in Paris and on the french naval base at Toulon the G-20 summit in Turkey has assigned a low importnace to the Syrian refugee crisis. Until the global economy returns to a period of sustainable growth it may be best for humanitarian and moral themes to be addressed not by a multilateral organization like the G-20, but by individual nations within the context of their own systems of ...


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    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
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