Are Turkey and Russia allies or rivals? This is the question we look at in detail. It is a lot more nuanced than most observers are prepared to accept.
Russia’s default position in the post-Soviet region is to resort to military force when there is trouble. While it has advantage in this field, it would be a mistake to always rely on brute force to solve problems.
The unusual crisis that erupted in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk last month may turn out to be the biggest challenge for Kremlin in 20 years. It could even shake Vladimir Putin’s government.
America’s list of enemies is not only long, it keeps growing. It is America’s systemic need. By conjuring up fear of real or imagined enemies, the US Deep state keeps diverting trillions of dollars from development toward armaments to further enrich the oligarchs
Far from appreciating the help China, Russia and Cuba have extended to other countries including the US, the corporate media has embarked on a disinformation campaign to accuse these countries of ulterior motives.
The Saudis are not likely to get away with their disruptive oil policy that is affecting Russian interests. There will be blowback and it will cost the Saudis more than they bargained for.
It is commonly believed that Russia intervened in Syria at the end of September 2015 to save the government of Bashar al Asad. There is another opinion: it did so to undermine the influence of Hizbullah and Iran in Syria at the behest of Zionist Israel with whom Russia has hidden but deep relations.
Vladimir Putin’s constitutional reforms are meant to build institutions so that the system can continue long after he is gone from the scene. At present, almost everything revolves around his personality.
Turkey and Azerbaijan announced completion of the gas pipeline from the Caspian Sea to Western Europe bypassing Russia but it did not sit well with Moscow. There will be repercussions for the Central Asian republics if they cross Russia’s path.
Unlike the Wahhabi-led narrative after Russia defeated the pro-independence movement in Chechenya in 1994, the new pro-independence sentiment based on reasoned approach is more difficult to dismiss.