US-Russian cooperation on Iran has its limits.
Leonid Issaev is a lecturer at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov came back home almost empty-handed after his recent trip to the Gulf.
History shows that decentralisation could be an effective way to resolve tensions in diverse societies.
Although it is currently in Russia’s interest to de-escalate tensions in Idlib, an attack is still likely.
The US shouldn’t count on Russia to force Iran out of Syria any time soon.
Ankara is not interested in replacing its traditional partnerships, it wants to teach Washington a lesson.
Despite its hostile rhetoric, Russia has taken care to avoid confrontation on the ground in Syria.
The three regional powers still don’t seem to be capable of moving beyond fixing the current status quo in Syria.
A number of foreign policy and domestic considerations are pushing Russia to cooperate with Turkey’s Afrin operation.
In the post-conflict period, the Syrian regime will not have much use for Russian military backing. It will need money.