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Syrian regime poised to attack final ‘pocket of terrorism’ in Idlib

  • When Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday described Idlib as a “pocket of terrorism” and said that “we know the Syrian armed forces are getting ready to solve this problem,” he was referring to the fact thatth...
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Putin and Merkel show a desire to get around US sanctions

  • Vladimir Putin on Saturday paid a surprise visit to the wedding of Karin Kneissl, Austria’s minister of foreign affairs, on his way to a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He puzzled the global media, which subsequently published many articles on the subject, leaving the gate open fo...
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Prospects of US-Iran talks now more remote than ever

  • The US on Tuesday reimposed the first segment of economic sanctions on Iran after President Donald Trump gave carte blanche for America to exercise more pressure on the Iranian government. This is in order to get it to return to the negotiating table and reconsider new ...
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With UN toothless, who can prevent global catastrophe?

  • Attending the press conference given by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Moscow last week, I did not expect that anything would surprise or reassure me about the troubled future the organization faces. I was not let down.  Over the past several years, the UN has been tackling the...
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US rhetoric pushing Russia and China closer together

  • Sino-Russian relations have been historically quite close, as the countries have shared the same vision of the need for multipolarity and diversity while looking to counter US dominance. Facing increasing competition from the US, China considers promoting regional economic partnerships as a key...
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Machiavellian tactics undermining hopes of peace in Syria

  • The situation in Syria is heating up, as the international powers play an expanding geopolitical game on the Syrian chessboard. The sequence and timings of recent events raise many questions. The situation in Eastern Ghouta is developing in the same way it has for the past several months without...
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Putin ready to lead Russia into new era

  • Vladimir Putin has given his annual speech to the Federation Council, surprisingly arranging it not in the Kremlin but at Moscow’s Central Exhibition Hall. In his speech, he addressed numerous vital aspects of life in Russia, setting the...
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Middle Eastern players all talking but none are listening

  • The Valdai Discussion Club — the main expert discussion platform in Russia — last week held its annual conference on the Middle East. It was the most representative Middle Eastern Valdai in history, as it was attended by two foreign...
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Growing bond between Moscow and Tehran

  • The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif have discussed preparations for a proposed Syrian national dialogue conference in the Russian city of Sochi, as well as the nuclear deal with Iran and the recent protests there....
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At last, light at the end of the Syrian tunnel

  • Syria will be in the headlines over the next few weeks, but for optimistic reasons. The international community appears ready to proceed with a political resolution of the conflict, after success in implementing peace zones and obvious successes against terrorists on the battlefront. Several...
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