Category: Russia

The Futility of Dialogue With Putin

The need to keep the channels of dialogue open with an unpredictable Russia is taken as an absolute imperative by many Western politicians. But they are often surprised when this tactic backfires. The foreign ministers of the member states of…

Moscow Plays Divide-and-Conquer Strategy Against Crimean Tatars

According to Refat Chubarov, the president of the Crimean Tatar World Congress and the elected chairperson of the Mejlis (the quasi-governing assembly of the Crimean Tatars), the Russian Federation is in the process of creating a Crimean Tatar military corps…

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

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

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

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

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

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 Expands Military Presence in Armenia, Deepens Confrontational Rhetoric

The November 24 downing of the Russian Su-24 bomber by the Turkish air force has resulted in a serious deterioration in bilateral relations and the deployment of additional Russian units to Syria (see EDM, November 30, December 3), as well as an…