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Russia’s main goal in Syria is to preserve the state

As international relations go through a period of turbulence, Russia and Europe have to determine the direction of their global involvement in the future. On the sidelines of the Dahrendorf Symposium, Alexander Graef, PhD candidate and Research Associate at the University of St. Gallen, sat down with the Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, Andrey Kortunov, to discuss a realistic politcal roadmap for solving the Ukraine crisis (read Part 1 ). In the second part of the interview...


Blocking UN Draft Resolution on Inclusive Intra-Syrian Talks Destructive

The blocking of the Russia-initiated UN Security Council (UNSC) draft resolution on the inclusion of Kurds in the intra-Syrian peace talks in Geneva was destructive for the conflict resolution, a Russian senator said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the draft document designed to ensure representative nature of Syria peace talks was blocked by the Western UNSC members. "From the point of view of common sense and the interests of the process it was a destructive, ill-timed and certainly pointless move...


Fighting evil separately

There is no doubt that Moscow understands that Syria will no longer be the way it once was, neither in terms of government nor borders. If returning to a pre-war situation is not an option, consultations should take place to determine how the country will be governed in the future. The first substantive meeting between the Russian and US presidents turned out to be as successful as it possibly could. The two countries have extremely strained relations, and their stances on the most critical issues...


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