Search: Turkey,Russia (169 materials)

 

First Aid: How Russia and the West Can Help Syrians in Idlib

.... Russia will not like that it is an extension at all. But for all sides the benefits should outweigh the downsides. Russia will know that Western actors will respond to failure by unilaterally channelling non-UN legitimised aid into the country via Turkey. Russia will lose the opportunity to slowly move Idlib back into Damascus’s orbit and the country’s de facto partition will be entrenched. This outcome is also likely to lead to increased instability as aid flows decrease, with subsequent tensions ...

14.04.2021

Turkey and Russia Remain at Odds as Libya Edges Towards Political Settlement

... agreed October deadline for foreign forces to withdraw from the country. It is unclear how the withdrawal will take place, and no definitive outcome was ultimately likely. Erdogan has said he will not pull troops out until others do so first, with both Turkey and Russia denying any use of unconventional forces in Libya. Another largely unknown variable is the attitude of the new U.S. President Joe Biden. Libya did not quite feature during his electoral campaign. Under Biden, though, the U.S. Department of State ...

31.03.2021

Syria: In the Middle of a Long Cycle

... low-budget military operation quickly made Moscow the principal external actor in Syria. As far as we can see, though, Moscow has failed to design any exit strategy over the five years of its immediate involvement in the Syrian conflict. The degree of Russia’s influence on the Damascus regime is also an open question. Is the dog wagging the tail or is the tail wagging the dog? Could Turkey be the principal beneficiary? Establishing buffer zones in Idlib and in Syria’s northern provinces is Erdogan’s unquestionable achievement. Yet to what degree is Ankara really in control of the situation in Idlib? This continuously festering ...

15.03.2021

Three Ways Working With Russia Can Make the Middle East Safer

... it is a fully-fledged NATO member and by extension, a US ally, and on the other, it regularly works with Russia to advance its own interests (often to the detriment of US policy goals in the region). And yet, Turkey is an unreliable partner to both. Turkey’s foreign policy works by constantly playing Russia and the US off against one another, which allows it to conduct aggressive international manoeuvres and escape punishment for them. Turkey’s repeated violations of Syria’s sovereignty, its military intervention in Libya as well as its logistical ...

01.02.2021

Talking Turkey With Greece: Turkey and Israel’s Marriage of Convenience

... paragon of international virtue, supported only consistently by the USA and its strategic acolyte, Britain, but also by Germany, for atavistic business reasons in the case of Turkey, and a contrived feeling of guilt in the case of Israel. Both Israel and Turkey ignore numerous UN resolutions; both fear Russia; their respective security services exchange information on Syria; and both have a common enemy, also Syria. Both countries occupy parts of other countries, illegally, Cyprus and Palestine, and Syria’s Golan Heights. An interesting quirk is that ...

21.01.2021

The Energy Sector, Competition and Security in the Eastern Mediterranean

... prompted to recognise, at least at expert level, the need to work on technical deconfliction measures in this part of the world. This requires finding a way to untangle the Cyprus, Libya and Syria questions. Artyom Semyonov: Gas Without a Fight: Is Turkey Ready to Go to War for Resources in the Mediterranean? As for Russia’s policy in the Eastern Mediterranean, we should recall Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov visited Damascus and Cyprus in 2020. Mr. Lavrov emphasised that escalation was inadmissible and called for peaceful resolution of the ...

15.12.2020

Karabakh—A Delicate Matter

... it as an independent entity controlled by Russian peacekeepers, allowing Armenians and Azerbaijanis to co-exist and live together again. Historical and cultural monuments—both Christian Armenian and Islamic—would be restored and preserved under Russian protection. These would include the Dadivank and Amaras monasteries. Basel Haj Jasem: Will Moscow Lead a Historic Reconciliation Between Turkey and Armenia? The road to such a peace is certainly not easy, but Moscow understands that decisive steps must be taken to ensure (1) that any peace is lasting peace, (2) that its position as a regional arbiter is preserved, and (3) that a balance ...

07.12.2020

There is no 'Russia-Turkey alliance'

... a rising regional power, cooperating where interests are sufficiently close, and managing differences, preventing them from degenerating into conflicts," Trenin, who is a former Russian military-intelligence colonel, said. Looking at the recent Russia-Turkey deal in the South Caucasus, he said: "Cooperation on Nagorno-Karabakh [a region at the heart of the conflict] creates a better climate for interaction across the board. Lack of cooperation there would have soured relations across the board"....

05.12.2020

Will Moscow Lead a Historic Reconciliation Between Turkey and Armenia?

... Azerbaijan, as well as the enclave of the Azerbaijani Nakhchivan region through the territory of Armenia. Nonetheless, this part of the agreement, in particular, remains incomplete, with the continued closure of the land borders between Armenia and Turkey. Michael Lambert: Russia and the Judgment of Solomon in Nagorno-Karabakh Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia, believes that abolishing the ban on transport links will completely change the logic of development in the region. In an interview with the Russian TASS ...

02.12.2020

Syrian Idlib: What’s Next?

... increasingly view the “Idlib question” through the lens of a difficult dialogue with Russia on the Libyan and Nagorno-Karabakh conflicts (on October 25, Russia’s Aerospace Force delivered a strike against the Syrian Corps militants in Idlib, which Russian media dubbed “ Bakh for Karabakh ” [ 1 ] ). Turkey has started relocating eight military observation posts in Idlib, as those posts had been blocked in an SAA-liberated area (the post in Murek was evacuated on October 19-20, 2020), which is not only for security reasons, but also due to Turkey’s ...

17.11.2020
 

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