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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks over the phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while he inspects the work on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project aboard the Pioneering Spirit pipeline-laying ship in the Black Sea near Anapa, Russia, June 23, 2017. (photo by Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS)

Moscow carefully assessing international energy scene

Tuesday, Jun. 27, 2017 | Nikolay Kozhanov, Contributor

Russia’s long-term energy plan relies heavily on gas sectors in the Middle East and Eurasia as it struggles with low prices and sanctions.

US attack on Syrian jet puts Putin under pressure

Monday, Jun. 19, 2017 | Maxim A. Suchkov, Editor, Russia-Mideast

Russia’s response to the US downing of a Syrian plane Sunday was more measured than some observers seem to realize, but the Kremlin’s patience does have its limits.

Russia takes parliamentary diplomacy to Middle East

Friday, Jun. 16, 2017 | Alexey Khlebnikov, Contributor

As Russia’s participation in Mideast policymaking grows, its legislature is assuming a greater role in diplomacy there.

Despite US strikes, Moscow still wants to work with Washington on Syria

Friday, Jun. 16, 2017 | Paul J. Saunders, Columnist

Though the Russians continue to protest US strikes on Syrian government forces and pro-government paramilitaries, the Kremlin is unlikely to respond as long as it remains focused on cooperation with Washington.

Moscow festival reflects hope for Turkey’s tourism sector

Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2017 | Yekaterina
Chulkovskaya, Contributor

Russian tourists are returning to Turkey’s relatively warm climes as relations between the countries thaw.

How Moscow-Riyadh rapport fits into the Mideast scene

Sunday, Jun. 11, 2017 | Vasily Kuznetsov, Contributor

With all that’s going on in the Gulf right now, some players are re-examining their alliances and shoring up support.

Russia’s reading on what’s at stake in Qatar crisis

Thursday, Jun. 8, 2017 | Maxim A. Suchkov, Editor, Russia-Mideast

Moscow has pricked up its ears as Qatar’s diplomacy problems grow more raucous.

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