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How Falling Oil Prices Are Upending Russian Politics

Nikolai Petrov | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Nikolai Petrov

MOSCOW -- The Russian political system is archaic. It was created during a historical period when rulers were awash in petrodollars and there was simply no apparent need for democratic institutions, checks and balances, independent judiciary, strong parliament, federalism, local government and so forth. Without easy money, the ruling regime will not survive without modernization.

Russia Fires Warning Shots At Turkish Ship In Aegean Sea

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 12.13.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Russia on Sunday warned Turkey to stop staging what it called provocations against its forces in or near Syria after one of...

Putin: Turkey Will Regret Shooting Down Russian Bomber Jet

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 12.03.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Dec 3 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said Turkey's shooting down of a Russian military jet was a war crime and that the Kremlin would pu...

Russian Air Strikes Kill At Least 30 In Stepped Up Raids In Syria

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 11.29.2015 | World

AMMAN/BEIRUT, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian jets killed at least 30 people in the town of Ariha in north...

Russian Deaths In Syria, Egypt Cause Murmurs Of Discontent

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.29.2015 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. Did you notice the media forgot all about another story's...

Turkey Returns Pilot's Body From Russian Jet It Shot Down

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.29.2015 | World

ANKARA/MOSCOW, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Turkey recovered the body of a Russian pilot from northern Syria and presented it to Russian diplomats on Sunday, fi...

Russia Seeks Economic Revenge Against Turkey Over Jet

Reuters | Braden Goyette | Posted 11.26.2015 | World

By Humeyra Pamuk and Vladimir Soldatkin ISTANBUL/MOSCOW, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Russia threatened economic retaliation against Turkey on Thursday and said...

Russian PM Pushes For Sanctions Against Turkey

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.26.2015 | World

ISTANBUL/MOSCOW, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Russia threatened economic retaliation against Turkey on Thursday and said it was still awaiting a reasonable expl...

After Turkey-Russia Clash, NATO Shouldn't Derail an Ad Hoc Anti-Terror Coalition

Fyodor Lukyanov | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
 Fyodor Lukyanov

MOSCOW -- An ad hoc coalition created for a special purpose to solve one specific task is a modern approach that has been gaining support since the turn of the century when it was first proposed by then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Consolidation of efforts against ISIS, proposed by Russia, France and even the United States, is an example. Such a team would need no oath of allegiance or common values, but can be quite effective over a short period of time.

DEFIANT: Russia Vows To Continue Airstrikes Near Turkey

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.25.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Russia will continue air strikes against Islamic State targets located in Syria near the Turkish border, Kremlin spokesman ...

Why Turkey Aims for ‘Zero Problems' With Russia's War in Syria

Behlül Özkan | Posted 10.09.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- To grasp Erdoğan's seemingly contradictory stance towards Putin requires some knowledge of the system of crony capitalism which has sprung up and flourished -- particularly in the energy and construction sectors -- in both Turkey and Russia. Aware that Turkey will emerge the loser in any confrontation with Russia, Erdoğan and the AKP have pragmatically accepted Russia's geopolitical superiority, while seeking to reap the maximum financial gain in the process.