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20-year Cooperation Treaty between Iran and Russia: Bilateral Strategic Partnership or Disappointing Agreement

... these two countries in a balanced way, and it was logical that if a contract was needed, it should have been concluded for two or three years. However, the regional and international situation has become very difficult for Iran. Factors, such as the Syrian crisis, the pressure of economic and arms sanctions and the issue of a nuclear deal, have led Iran to take the risk of concluding long-term bilateral cooperation with Russia and China. Before raising the issue, it is necessary to make a brief reference ...


Andrey Kortunov Takes Part in France24 Debate on De-Escalation in Syria

The topic of the discussion was the new aggravation of the military situation in Syria, interests of the major regional and global players in the Syrian conflict, the prospects for the political process in Geneva, and the impact of the Syrian conflict on the situation in the region of the Middle East in general. On February 7 French television company France24 held a live debate on the issues of de-escalation is Syria. Tony Badran, Research Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Andrey...


Pandora's Box of Federalization

The specter of federalism is wandering the Middle East. On the political horizon, there are more and more federalization projects, where external and internal actors see the opportunity to get out of the cloaca of universal conflict with more and more countries and regions being created. The specter of federalism is wandering the Middle East. On the political horizon, there are more and more federalization projects, where external and internal actors see the opportunity to get out of the cloaca...


Russia’s unexpected military victory in Syria

One of the main events of 2017 has been the victory won by the Russian armed forces and the Assad government in Syria. When Russian President Vladimir Putin decisively intervened in Syria’s bloody civil war in September 2015, many were taken completely by surprise. Western commentators and politicians ― including none other than then-U.S. President Barack Obama ― unanimously predicted that Moscow would get bogged down in the Syrian conflict. One of the main events of 2017 has been the victory won...


The Tussle Over Syria

Putin’s Syrian intervention was limited to areas around the port of Tartus and the Latakia air base, both heavily upgraded by Russia. His aim was not a full occupation, but a gradual expansion of a strategic corridor from Damascus to Aleppo. He did not fear US repercussions. Obama’s 2013 red line back-step had convinced him the president would be passive in the face of aggression. One hour before the intervention began, Obama was haughtily advised to clear the air spaces. Putin did not attempt to...


We consider Syria’s territorial integrity a must

Russian FM Sergey Lavrov gave an interview to Interfax News Agency Question: A year ago the Americans would not allow our diplomats to visit polling stations. At that time Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that we will respond in kind. Have we told the Americans that their diplomats won’t have the right to visit our polling stations? Sergey Lavrov: I don’t think we should send any notifications. For the time being we haven’t heard any names or appeals from countries and organisations...


India-Iran ties: The key challenges

India has numerous foreign policy priorities, with ties with the US, China, Russia and Pakistan understandably receiving more attention. At this point of time, one of the greatest challenges which India faces, however, is its relations with Iran. Post the signing of the P5+1 signed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action(JCPOA) commonly known as Iran nuclear deal, New Delhi has sought to strengthen its economic and strategic ties with Tehran. The key conditions of the agreement were; that Iran would roll...


Middle East at the regional security crossroads

... entire region. Serving as a magnet for jihadist fighters from all over the world and being the arena where interests of global, regional and local powers have been clashing for the last six years, Syria has become a crucial regional issue. This is why Syrian crisis resolution will have a huge impact on the entire region and will help to bring stability to the Middle East. Recent Russia-Turkey rapprochement, the formation of the Ankara-Moscow-Tehran triumvirate, their cooperation in Syria and the newly ...


Middle East-2016

... in the interview with Main trend in 2016 was certainly the deterioration of the crisis in several Middle Eastern states, especially in those that are considered "failed" states. We can talk about the continuation of the Syrian crisis deepening, while, however, there are some signs toward the settlement. The situation in Libya worsened, the chaos became even more destructive and prospects for stabilization are virtually invisible. In Iraq relations between the central ...


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