What to expect from entente between Moscow, Ankara in Libya

As Moscow intensifies its involvement in the Libyan conflict, the US State Department is stepping up pressure against Russian destabilization.

Kirill Semenov | Libya conflict | Jun 5, 2020
al-monitor People inspect a damaged building after an air strike at Tajura neighborhood, east of Tripoli, Libya December 30, 2019. Photo by REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny.

Putin appoints third special envoy to Syria

Putin's decision to appoint a new special envoy for developing relations with Syria likely has several aims, including to balance military and diplomatic involvement in Russia's Syria policy.

Anton Mardasov | Russia in Syria | May 28, 2020

Is Russia pulling support from Libyan strongman Hifter?

While Russia doesn't want to see Khalifa Hifter’s self-styled Libyan National Army collapse, there are signs Moscow’s interests may align more closely with other figures in the country’s eastern government.

Kirill Semenov | Libya conflict | May 13, 2020

Is the new OPEC+ deal a win for Russia?

The new OPEC+ deal has some advantages for Russia but some of the potential long-term implications may be dire for Moscow.

Maxim A. Suchkov | Oil and gas | Apr 12, 2020

Intel: Why Russia is getting involved in Mideast COVID-19 fight

Syria has requested assisted from Moscow to fight the coronavirus outbreak, as Russia implements a campaign to cultivate its image as a "caring power," approaching Middle East leaders to work together against the spread of the virus.

Maxim A. Suchkov | Russian influence | Apr 9, 2020