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Nikolay Surkov

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Nikolay Surkov is an associate professor in the Oriental Studies Department of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University).

10.11.2016

Ceasefire failure in Aleppo does not exclude further negotiations

Ceasefire failure in Aleppo does not exclude further negotiations

Even though Russia-West relations are at a low point, Syria remains an issue where they continue to cooperate

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07.10.2016

Why Russia-US cooperation in Syria is inevitable

Why Russia-US cooperation in Syria is inevitable

The failure of the ceasefire in Syria and the worsening in Russia-U.S. relations are only temporary. Eventually the sides will have to come back to the negotiating table to address the crisis

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14.09.2016

What does the US-Russia agreement change in Syria?

What does the US-Russia agreement change in Syria?

From Russia's standpoint, the Syrian ceasefire agreement still faces serious challenges ahead. The good news, though, is that the U.S. appears willing to accept Russia as an equal and constructive partner in Syria

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27.06.2016

Why Assad could remain Syrian president until 2017

Why Assad could remain Syrian president until 2017

Russia will negotiate Syria’s destiny with a new U.S. president rather than with President Barack Obama

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14.03.2016

Why Putin's surprise move to withdraw from Syria makes sense

Why Putin's surprise move to withdraw from Syria makes sense

Russia’s unexpected move to wind down military operations in Syria could have positive foreign policy and domestic policy benefits

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09.03.2016

Explainer: Russian foreign policy in the Middle East

Explainer: Russian foreign policy in the Middle East

Confused by what’s happening in Syria? In this brief explainer, we outline the key issues facing Russian foreign policy in Syria and the broader Middle East

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24.02.2016

Is Syria on the path to peace or on the verge of a new war?

Is Syria on the path to peace or on the verge of a new war?

There’s still hope that the U.S. and Russia can hammer out a workable ceasefire deal for Syria, but there’s mounting concern that there are too many stakeholders in the conflict who want to see continued violence within Syria

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26.01.2016

Will Russia sacrifice Assad as part of its Syrian endgame?

Will Russia sacrifice Assad as part of its Syrian endgame?

If Assad steps down as head of Syria, it will come with a high price. Recent leaks to the media suggest that Russia continues to maneuver for the best possible outcome to a difficult situation

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18.01.2016

Russia won't support Iran in its face-off with Saudi Arabia. Here's why

Russia won't support Iran in its face-off with Saudi Arabia. Here's why

While Russia has recently been improving its relationship with Iran, there are no signs that Russia will decisively side in the favor of Tehran if Iran’s confrontation with Saudi Arabia intensifies

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22.12.2015

How ISIS became a threat to Middle East stability

How ISIS became a threat to Middle East stability

Book Review: A new book by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Greater Syria (ISIS) offers a comprehensive look at the formation and underpinnings of the world’s most notorious terrorist organization

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07.10.2015

Is Moscow planning ground operations in Syria?

Is Moscow planning ground operations in Syria?

The Kremlin has declined to comment on a CNN report on the Russian Federation's possible preparations for a ground operation in Syria. However, Russian observers assert that Moscow will not want to get involved too deeply in the conflict and will limit itself to air strikes

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07.04.2015

Lausanne agreement: Russia and Iran to maintain ties, but EU is real winner

Lausanne agreement: Russia and Iran to maintain ties, but EU is real winner

Talks between Iran and the P5+1 in Switzerland on Tehran’s nuclear program ended on April 2 with a joint accord aimed at paving the way for a comprehensive agreement and the eventual lifting of sanctions on Iran. While Moscow sees the compromise as a triumph for international diplomacy, experts believe that it is the EU, not Russia, which will receive the greatest benefit from the compromise

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30.01.2014

No decisions, but progress at EU-Russia summit

No decisions, but progress at EU-Russia summit

Two sides move towards new partnership agreement despite low expectations for recent meeting

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22.01.2014

Lavrov says Russian-U.S. relations was a “productive cooperation”

Lavrov says Russian-U.S. relations was a “productive cooperation”

Russian minister describes the 2013 year in Russian foreign policy successes and challenges

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20.01.2014

Putin says Sochi visitors will see a new Russia

Putin says Sochi visitors will see a new Russia

Russia will welcome all participants and guests of the Sochi Olympics irrespective of their sexuality, President Vladimir Putin has said to domestic and foreign media

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13.01.2014

Greenpeace may be drawn into fishing wars

Greenpeace may be drawn into fishing wars

Russian authorities have accused environmental activists of egging on the Senegalese authorities

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10.01.2014

Russia shipping chemical weapons out of Syria

Russia shipping chemical weapons out of Syria

Amidst an increase in fighting in Syria’s brutal civil war, Russia has started its role in the international operation to remove chemical weapons from the country

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13.12.2013

Moscow willing to negotiate with Ukraine

Moscow willing to negotiate with Ukraine

Putin says there’s room for avoiding a confrontation between the European Union and the Eurasian Union

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11.12.2013

Russia and Georgia: Friendship without relations

Russia and Georgia: Friendship without relations

Tangible rapprochement between Russia and Georgia has occurred in 2013, a development initiated by the change of government in Tbilisi in October 2012. Yet real normalization of relations is still far in the future

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21.11.2013

Lavrov says West needs to do their ‘homework' on Syria

Lavrov says West needs to do their ‘homework' on Syria

Russia’s foreign minister called upon other leaders to deal with the conflicts, rather than their symptoms in Syria

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