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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) and his Syrian counterpart Walid Moallem leave after a news conference in Moscow, Oct. 28, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)

What prompted Russia’s shift in stance on Syria opposition?

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 | Anton Mardasov, Contributor

Given Russia's policy on Syria in 2016 and its willingness to negotiate with Syrian opposition groups, it seems that Russian President Vladimir Putin favors a mediating role in the conflict.

Will Turkey leave NATO?

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 | Yekaterina
Chulkovskaya, Contributor

Observers wonder whether an offer of full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization would lure Turkey away from NATO and the country's "suffering" at the hands of the European Union.

Why Israel, Russia remain chums

Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 | Dmitry Maryasis, Contributor

Russia and Israel will continue to enjoy strong relations despite Russia’s UN Security Council vote for Resolution 2334 condemning the Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory.

Here’s why Russia gives itself high marks for 2016

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 | Maxim A. Suchkov, Editor, Russia-Mideast

Russia achieved many of its 2016 goals in the Middle East and paved the way for potentially significant successes in 2017 and beyond.

Would Putin accept Turkish buffer zone in Syria?

Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 | Fehim Taştekin, Columnist

Heavy casualties at al-Bab and the recently released video of IS' burning alive of two Turkish soldiers have not affected Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield.

How Russia views Ankara envoy's assassination

Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 | Maxim A. Suchkov, Editor, Russia-Mideast

Following the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Russia’s political and expert communities are mulling over potential masterminds behind the assassination and what responses Moscow has at its disposal.

Could ambassador's slaying bring about Russian-Turkish cooperation?

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 | Vladimir Avatkov, Contributor

Russian and Turkish cooperation in the battle against terrorism could help bring about a more stable Middle East.

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