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Alexander Sotnichenko

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Alexander Sotnichenko, Ph.D., is a political analyst, an expert on Turkey and the Middle East. He is a former associate professor at the Saint Petersburg State University, Department of International Relations.

20.12.2016

The killing of Russia's ambassador in Turkey: A stab in the back

The killing of Russia's ambassador in Turkey: A stab in the back

Just when it looked like Russia and Turkey were moving closer together, the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey threatens to divide them

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13.12.2016

Why the loss of Palmyra should worry Russia

Why the loss of Palmyra should worry Russia

To avoid losing any positive momentum in the Syrian conflict, Russia may be forced to confront the military prospect of putting boots on the ground

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04.11.2016

The rivalry between Moscow and Washington for the right to defeat ISIS

The rivalry between Moscow and Washington for the right to defeat ISIS

As the U.S.-led coalition continues its assault on Mosul, Russia is looking for ways to remain involved in the fight against Islamic terrorism

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17.10.2016

Russia and Turkey, still divided on the future of Syria

Russia and Turkey, still divided on the future of Syria

Until political disagreements on Syria are resolved, there is no way Ankara and Moscow can develop their relations further

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25.08.2016

What the Turkish offensive in Syria means for Russia

What the Turkish offensive in Syria means for Russia

Turkey has opened up a new front in Syria, which could further prolong and complicate the war, adding to the losses suffered by both Russia and Iran

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10.08.2016

Russia and Turkey, repairing their relationship one step at a time

Russia and Turkey, repairing their relationship one step at a time

The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in St. Petersburg is a good sign for the development of bilateral Russian-Turkish relations

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04.08.2016

Turkey and Russia, partners by necessity not by choice

Turkey and Russia, partners by necessity not by choice

Both Turkey and Russia need peace in the Middle East – and especially in Syria – and this can and should become a basis for political cooperation between them

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17.07.2016

Four big reasons why Turkey's coup d'état failed

Four big reasons why Turkey's coup d'état failed

Turkey’s military coup plotters failed to take even the most basic steps to achieve success. As a result, look for Turkish President Erdogan to strengthen his grip on power

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27.11.2015

Downing of Russian jet: Why Turkey puts at stake its relations with Kremlin

Downing of Russian jet: Why Turkey puts at stake its relations with Kremlin

Here are several reasons why Ankara decided to aggravate its hard-won positive relations with Moscow

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01.11.2015

Why can't Turkey and Russia get along in Syria?

Why can't Turkey and Russia get along in Syria?

Even as the Kremlin plays a more active role in the Middle East, Turkey remains unequivocal in its attempt to undermine Syrian President Bashar Assad

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14.08.2014

Turkey's presidential election may boost Russian-Turkish collaboration

Turkey's presidential election may boost Russian-Turkish collaboration

Turkey may soon play a greater role in the foreign trade and economic policies of Russia, especially given Russia’s weakening relationship with the West

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