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Russia in the Middle East

Sep 18,2017 - Last updated at Sep 18,2017

Over the last few years, the Middle East started to witness the presence of new political protagonists: Russia, a very strong, evident player, Germany, a strong but latent player, and China, a strong economic power.

Russia has played a role in most of the major issues in the Middle East. Since its intervention in the Syrian crisis, analysts have incorrectly predicted Russia’s next move due to an apparent misinterpretation of its motives. 

Many reported that Russia’s support for Syria was limited and unreliable. And yet, Russia has successfully engaged in the region and over recent years has proved reliable to its allies. Now, as Russia has become central to everything, from regional security to the peace process, regional countries must change their approach and recognise its influence and importance.

Russian diplomacy has been instrumental to creating the potential for an end to the Syrian crisis.

Critical to the shift in the situation in Syria were also Turkey’s, the US’, Jordan’s and Saudi Arabia’s changes of stands. It was Russia’s diplomacy that determined each of these countries to shift their position.

There is now a unified effort to fight terrorism, and it is this unity that is opening political channels and building alliance.

Due to its success in Syria, Russia’s influence in the region is spreading. Russia is now allied with both Israel and Syria. Logically, that could place it in the position of mediator, and this could lead to greater support from Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority for Russia to play a role in the peace process.

Russia would create a political equilibrium since the White House instinctively backs Israel.

Russia also has long-standing good relations with Iran as well as a positive, and growing, engagement with the Gulf countries. These relations could very well help Russia play a central role in reconciling rival forces on Yemen and potentially even Qatar.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited the Gulf countries several times recently, which suggests that while Syria may be Moscow’s priority at the moment, it is taking the opportunity to broaden friendships and importance in the region.

Regional geopolitics are fluid and dynamic, witnessing new protagonists and shifting alliances.

Russia’s presence and influence in the region is unlikely to remain limited to Syria; rather, it could mark the beginning of a long-term presence in the region.

 

 

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EXCELLENT ARTICLE AND THE WRITER IS RIGHT ON THE POINT WHICH SHOULD REMIND US ALL THAT IT MAY BE COUNTER PRODUCTIVE FOR ANY COUNTRY TO HAVE ALL THEIR EGGS IN ONE BASKET. AS MUCH AS I HATE ANY FORM OF FOREIGN INTERVENTION, WE SHOULD ALL GIVE CREDIT WHERE ONE IS DUE. SERIOUSLY SPEAKING, IF IT WAS NOT FOR RUSSIA, THAT REGION WOULD HAVE BEEN ON FIRE NOW WITH MULTIPLE BATTLE FRONTS, ANARCHY AND CHAOS. FORGET ALL ABOUT ALL THE BS AND TAKE A LEASON FROM THE ACTIONS OF SYMPATHETIC VS PARASYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEMS. THE DOMINANCE OF ANY OF THESE TWO SYSTEMS ALWAYS RESULTS IN DEATH AND DISABILITY. FOR THOSE WHO WERE BETTING ON THE WRONG HORSES AT THE EARLY PHASE OF THE SYRIAN CRISIS, IT TIME TO DEPROGRAM AND REPROGRAM THEIR FOREIGN POLICY APPARATUS.

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