by Alexander Mercouris for The Duran Whilst the Russian-Turkish ceasefire agreement offers the best route to peace in Syria, and in theory gives the Syrian army the space to rebuild and to take the war to Al-Qaeda and ISIS, its success ultimately depends too much on the commitment of Turkish President Erdogan to invest too much hope in its success. As my colleague Adam Garrie has previously reported, on 31st
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by Alexander Mercouris for The Duran The Saker has written an article on the subject of the recent murder in the Donetsk People’s Republic of the militia leader Motorola. In it he calls for the Russian authorities to take over the investigation of Motorola’s murder and to take steps to ensure security in the Donbass. Normally I avoid expressing views on these sort of issues, but on this occasion I
Note by the Saker: I have to admit that I still am rather puzzled by the Turkish “invasion” of Syria. There are several hypotheses about what the Turks are really up to and what their real goal is. Since my friends Alexander Mercouris and Mark Sleboda seem to have a much better understanding of what is happening than I, I submit to your attention their analysis rather than to exposes
Russia Prepares to Bomb the Rebels in Aleppo Again: As the rebels launch an offensive, truce around Aleppo approaches collapse
by Alexander Mercouris for The Duran Evidence is mounting that the Russians are cranking up to resume large scale bombing in and around the Syrian city of Aleppo. The background is an agreement which was concluded by the US and the Russians in February. This called for a “cessation of hostilities” between the various Syrian factions in return for which Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria was to be scaled down.
by Alexander Mercouris for the Duran As the Russian government weathers a period of unpopularity caused by the recession, there is talk that Putin is about to purge his cabinet, but this is almost certainly wrong. An article has recently appeared in The Huffington Post which discusses rumours of an imminent purge of liberals from Russia’s government. According to this view Russia’s President Putin is coming under increasing pressure from
by Alexander Mercouris for The Duran The announcement that former Russian Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin has been appointed deputy head of Russian President Putin’s Council of Economic Advisers has provoked a stir. This is not surprising. Few individuals in Russian politics polarise opinion as strongly as Kudrin does. Kudrin’s admirers are to be found in the business community, amongst liberal economists and amongst people of generally elite backgrounds and liberal views. Amongst people of
Dear friends, As some of you might have already heard from the social media, Peter Lavelle and Alexander Mercouris have decided to create a new media ressource: The Duran which can be found at http://theduran.com/ Since I consider both Peter and Alexander as friends and crucial brothers in arms, I am delighted to see them team up and create a new member of our “network of resistance”. As soon as
by Alexander Mercouris for Russia Insider Increasingly frantic diplomatic efforts by European leaders show growing desperation to settle Ukrainian crisis before failure of sanctions policy becomes obvious. As the political situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate – with the government paralysed as a result of the power struggle between Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk – the Europeans are becoming increasingly desperate. They are also becoming increasingly frustrated with the Ukrainians whose intransigence
by Alexander Mercouris for Russia Insider sources: http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/un-security-council-resolution-2268-russia-gets-resolution-it-wanted/ri13102 http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/syrian-peace-plan-us-seethes-its-humiliation-russia/ri13097 Russia obtain a further UN Security Council Resolution conforming with the “cessation of hostilities” agreement Russia negotiated with the US – this time with American support A week ago, amidst Turkish shelling of Kurdish positions in Syria and talk of a Turkish invasion, the Russians proposed a Resolution to the UN Security Council reaffirming Syria’s sovereignty. The Resolution was blocked by
[Note by the Saker: I do not believe that Russia has made such a threat and I will post my reasons for this in the next 24 hours. However, I might be wrong and Mercouris and Perry right, I therefore feel like I should post this analysis] Reports say a source close to Putin claims Russia warned Erdogan of readiness to use tactical nuclear weapons to defend Russian strike force
In an article in a British newspaper Russia’s ambassador to the UK reveals the Russians were told by the Western powers that after the US proclaimed a no-fly zone ISIS would capture Damascus by Alexander Mercouris for Russia Insider: http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/russias-ambassador-uk-drops-bombshell-us-expected-isis-seize-damascus-october/ri12860 Alexander Yakovenko, Russia’s ambassador to Britain, dropped something of a bombshell on Monday, though one that has gone completely unnoticed. In a piece in the print edition of the London
Foreign Minister Lavrov’s press conference shows that Russian government at all levels rejects US attempts to re-write terms of Minsk II Agreement for Ukrainian conflict settlement by Alexander Mercouris for Russia Insider Dr. Gilbert Doctorow has recently provided a masterly discussion of Lavrov’s recent January press conference. Lavrov’s press conference touched on one of the strangest and most mysterious diplomatic meetings to have happened so far this year. This was
The lifting of sanctions is an unequivocal victory for Iran, sealing its regional position, and leaving its nuclear capability intact by Alexander Mercouris for Russia Insider. Confirmation that international sanctions on Iran have at last been lifted is unequivocally a victory for Iran. The sanctions should never have been imposed in the first place. As I said in April last year in an article I wrote for Sputnik, the evidence
by Alexander Mercouris for Russia Insider source: http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/putin-talks-bild-zeitung/ri12178 Putin used Russia’s Christmas break to give an interview for the German tabloid Bild-Zeitung (see here and here). Unusually for the Western media, the German interviewers proved to be both well-informed and intelligent and avoided cliches, giving Putin a good opportunity to explain himself concisely on a wide range of topics. The fact the interviewers from Bild-Zeitung conducted the interview so intelligently
Appointment of Boris Gryzlov to represent Russia on the Contact Group brings a key Russian decision maker into the heart of the crisis by Alexander Mercouris for Russia Insider That the Russian leadership continues to accord the Ukrainian conflict the highest importance is confirmed by a very interesting appointment the Kremlin has just announced. This is the appointment of Boris Gryzlov as Russia’s representative on the so-called Contact Group.
Russian diplomacy achieved a trio of Security Council Resolutions over the last month which give Russia a decisive advantage
by Alexander Mercouris for Russia Insider At the beginning of Russia’s intervention in Syria – in an interview for Radio Sputnik – I predicted the Russians would seek legal cover for their actions in the form of a Security Council mandate. In the event, months of intense diplomatic activity have resulted in three separate but complimentary Security Council Resolutions, all passed in just a few weeks. Taken together with reports
This article was originally published on Russia Insider: http://russia-insider.com/en/business/imf-dithers-ukraine-defaults-russian-loan/ri11901 by Alexander Mercouris The issue of the $3 billion loan Ukraine owes Russia is becoming increasingly complicated. The IMF has in recent days made a series of announcements which everyone knows relate to the Russian loan but which appear to contradict each other. One is to say that the loan is indeed “public” (“Paris Club”) debt as opposed to “private” (“London
This article was first published on Russia Insider: http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/us-wants-him-so-yatsenyuk-stays/ri11871 Altercation in Ukrainian parliament obscures fact of Yatsenyuk’s political survival because of US backing. by Alexander Mercouris Last week’s fight in the Ukrainian parliament between Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and a deputy of Poroshenko’s party has made world headlines. In doing so it has obscured the single most important fact about political developments in Ukraine over the last two weeks. This is that despite
This article was originally written for Russia Insider: http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/eu-sanctions-russia-be-extended-no-veto-or-discussion-allowed/ri11858 In conversations with Russian news agency TASS EU diplomats and officials outline the undemocratic means whereby the decision to extend the sanctions will be imposed. by Alexander Mercouris Recently I wrote a piece for Russia Insider discussing how the EU really works. I pointed out that the veto small states supposedly have over key EU decisions is a fiction. Decisions are made