Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has said he is open to having “constructive cooperation” with Russia, and “break the impasse” between the two countries.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Another meeting on the Syrian settlement could possibly take place in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana on March 14-15, while its format and level are being discussed, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said.
By Stephen Blank
All too often, Russian policy in the Middle East is perceived as tied mainly or exclusively to Syria and its ongoing civil war. But in fact, Moscow has long sought to expand its influence across the entire region; its intervention in Syria, in turn, has greatly heightened Russia’s ability and willingness to conduct that regional policy. That said, there has been relatively little foreign recognition of the country’s actual advances into the Gulf to date, even though Moscow has all along been using the traditional instruments of Russian diplomacy: arms sales, energy deals, clever and persistent diplomacy and, of course, force or the threat of its use.
The Netherlands has withdrawn landing rights for a plane carrying a Turkish government minister who wanted to address a rally in support of a controversial referendum giving more power to the president.
By William McHenry
Russia's intervention in Syria has provided Putin with a laboratory to test his country's cruise missiles.