Category: Russia

In Courting Iran, Russia Seeks Politically Safe Foreign Investment for the North Caucasus

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On April 11–16, representatives of an Iranian investment company, Hamrahian Group, visited Dagestan to explore possibilities for cooperation with the North Caucasian republic. The visit came just weeks after Dagestan’s governor, Ramazan Abdulatipov, visited Iran as a member of a…

The South Caucasus in the Shadow of the Russian-Turkish Crisis

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As Konrad Zasztowt sees it, the recent standoff between Russia and Turkey over Syria is rattling the South Caucasus region. The two nations’ weakening economic ties, for example, are starting to diminish Turkish-Georgian-Azerbaijani trade and security cooperation. By Konrad Zasztowt…

Russia’s Cost-Benefit Interest in Syria

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Eurasian Daily: As Washington and Moscow join efforts to initiate a ceasefire in war-torn Syria, there is growing evidence that Russian policymakers believe the cost-benefit side of the military intervention is yielding political dividends. Despite the low-cost and low-risk side…

Russia Takes Countermeasures In Response To Washington’s Plans To Increase Funding For Military Forces In Europe

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Memri: On February 5, 2016, the Russian media outlet RBC Daily reported on military countermeasures that Russia is taking in response to America’s increased funding for military forces in Europe and to the increased military exercises in NATO countries.[1] According…

Sudden Massive Snap Exercise and Mobilization of Russian Forces in Black Sea and Caspian Region Appears Aimed at Turkey

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On Monday, February 8, Russia’s defense minister, Army-General Sergei Shoigu, announced that the military forces of the Southern and Central Military districts, the Aerospace Forces (Vozdushno Kosmicheskikh Sil—VKS) the airborne troops (Vozdushno Desantnye Voyska—VDV), the military transport air force (Voenno…

Russia plans a ‘hybrid warfare’ campaign aimed at destabilising Europe, says Bulgarian President

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Russia has trained its sights on the Balkans to wage a “hybrid warfare” campaign aimed at destabilising the whole of Europe, the President of Bulgaria has warned. He demands that the EU and Nato do more to counter the rising…

Syrian army starts using new weapons from Russia – military source

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The Syrian military has recently started using new types of air and ground weapons supplied by Russia, a Syrian military source told Reuters on Thursday, underlining growing Russian support for Damascus that is alarming the United States. “The weapons are…