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Kerry Breaks Ice in Moscow; Russia Sticks to 'Principle' on Syria

Wednesday, May. 8, 2013 | Fyodor Lukyanov, Columnist

US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Moscow came in a context of genuine good will, although the US and Russia still differ on the sequencing for a transition in Syria, writes Fyodor Lukyanov.

Why Russia Does Not Believe Syria Used Chemical Weapons

Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013 | Fyodor Lukyanov, Columnist

Russia does not believe that Syria used chemical weapons against insurgents, and therefore considers this week's revelation as information warfare to escalate the conflict, writes Fyodor Lukyanov.

Russia, The US and Syria After the Boston Bombing

Friday, Apr. 26, 2013 | Fyodor Lukyanov, Columnist

Vladimir Putin can remind Barack Obama that in Syria, as in Chechnya, misreading the essential nature of an insurgency has its price, writes Fyodor Lukyanov.

What Russia Learned From the Iraq War

Monday, Mar. 18, 2013 | Fyodor Lukyanov, Columnist

Moscow believes that "strategic insanity" has taken hold in Washington since the Iraq war, based upon the erosion of the pillars of regional stability and its flirtation with Islamists, writes Fyodor Lukyanov.

Russia's Israel Policies

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 | Fyodor Lukyanov, Columnist

Fyodor Lukyanov explains the complexities and seeming contradictions of Russia's policies toward Israel.

Russia Still Key to Transition in Syria

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 | Fyodor Lukyanov, Columnist

Fyodor Lukyanov analyzes Russia's role in a political transition in Syria, including President Assad’s proposal for dialogue with moderate opposition leaders.

Russia Will Not Change Its Position on Syria

Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 | Fyodor Lukyanov, Columnist

Fyodor Lukyanov writes that Russia's fundamental interests in Syria remain unchanged, and that while Moscow will support a political settlement to what it views as a sectarian and regional war, it will not support a Western intervention to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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