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Idlib May Split Russia — Turkey — Iran Alliance

The aftermaths of the latest Astana Summit The last meeting within the framework of the "Astana Triangle" revealed, yet again, significant differences between Russia and Iran on the one hand, and Turkey on the other. But unlike the September „no-deal” summit in Tehran, the discussion in Sochi was based specifically on the governing terms of a detailed Memorandum on Stabilisation of the Situation in Idlib. According ...


The Astana Shackles

It is becoming increasingly more difficult for Moscow to retain its position as an honest, if not completely independent, broker On February 14, the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet in Sochi to discuss Syria and hold separate bilateral meetings. Recently, new developments have emerged that could prove dangerous if each state pursues its own hidden agenda. The three states depend on the Astana format for settling the ...


Sanctions for the Violation of Sanctions: Businesses on US Treasury Radar

... Countermeasures” In 2018, the French bank Societe Generale agreed to pay the US Treasury the highest fine, almost $54 million. The Treasury accused the French bank of conducting over a thousand transactions that violated the sanctions regime against Cuba, Iran and Sudan worth $5.5 billion during 2007-2012. The American regulator also established a number of aggravating circumstances including some of bank employees’ awareness of possible violations of the US sanctions, ignoring “alarm signals” (such ...


Russia: the Power Broker in the Middle East?

... states in the periphery of the Arab world. The first was Turkey — a highly controversial, but a very important partner in the Black Sea area and in the Northern and Southern Caucasus, in trade and investment, in energy and in tourism. The second was Iran — another difficult ally, which played an active role in many international matters very important to Moscow — from civil wars in Tajikistan and Afghanistan to the problem of the Caspian Sea partition. The third was Israel, with is large Russian ...


Evolution of the Syrian Military: Main Trends and Challenges

... adapt quickly to the new reality of the civil war. That contributed greatly to the erosion of the robustness, effectiveness and authority of the army. In addition to that, Damascus also resorted to using foreign Shiite militia sponsored primarily by Iran: Lebanese Hezbollah, Iraqi Liwa al-Zulfikar and Abu Fadl al-Abbas, Iranian IGRC’s al-Quds and later Iranian army forces, Afghani Shiite Liwa Fatimiyoun and Pakistani Liwa Zeinabiyoun. As a result, it also created over-reliance on Iran and allowed ...


Anti-Russia Sanctions: A Fall Lull?

... possibility of a broad interpretation of any actions by Russian government and non-governmental agencies, the December report will most likely include the “Russian trace.” It might be diluted with other traditional evil-wishers like China, North Korea and Iran, but the main question is how exactly the sanctions will be calibrated to the scope of the alleged foreign interference identified. Freezing alleged hackers’ assets is one thing, but sectoral sanctions are something else. Another Executive Order,...


Russia and Israel: The Middle Eastern Vector of Relations

... International Affairs Council as part of the project "Security System in the Middle East". This paper covers the issue of complex relations between Russia and Israel in the Middle East. The author analyzes in detail Russia’s role in the Israel-Syria-Iran triangle. The degree of Iranian presence in Syria, the impact of the nuclear deal in the context of Israeli-Iranian regional confrontation, the role of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement in Russian-Israeli relations are also discussed in the paper....


Russia and Turkey: Approaches to Regional Security in the Middle East

... in Europe; these talks were largely related to the very sense of retaining the alliance now that the “communist adversary"was gone. NATO started looking for new “threats,"eventually identifying a number of Middle Eastern states, such as Iran, Syria and Iraq [ 13 ]. As Western rhetoric about the danger of the Iranian nuclear program and the need to “deter” Iran gained pace, many observers, including those in Turkey, began to believe that nuclear weapons were still of political and ...


RIAC Hosts a Meeting with Iranian Diplomats

On October 9, 2018, delegation headed by Ali Mohaghegh, Counselor of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Russia, visited Russian International Affairs Council. RIAC was represented by Timur Makhmutov, Deputy Director of Programs, and Ruslan Mamedov, Program Assistant. On October 9, 2018, delegation headed by Ali Mohaghegh, Counselor of the Embassy ...


Syrian Surprises

The Mutating Inter-Relations among the Key Actors in the Syrian Conflict: Russia, the United States, Turkey, Iran and Israel The Syrian crisis continues to bring new surprises. Analysts are becoming increasingly concerned with the “mutating” configuration of relations among the global and regional actors, driven primarily by the developments in Idlib Governorate....


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