Russia’s Syrian Roulette: Assad, Turkey, and the Kurds

In the hundredth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the front-page articles from four Russian newspapers: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Kommersant, Izvestia, and Moskovsky Komsomolets. He discusses the expanding Russian military involvement in Syria, including what appears to be the role of the protector of the Kurds in the Manbij area. In addition, Professor Kovacevic examines the strained relations between NASA and the Russian space agency ‘Roskosmos’ which can affect a series of globally important space projects, such as the lunar orbital platform. He also discusses the recent capture of the Russian sailors by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea and whether Russia plans to intervene militarily to free them. Lastly, Professor Kovacevic presents a new investigative report shedding light on the details in the biography of the ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal not available in the Western press. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Show Notes

Nezavisimaya Gazeta – January 10, 2019

Kommersant – January 9, 2019

Izvestia – January 10, 2019

Moskovsky Komsomolets – January 11, 2019

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Comments

  1. Jon L Curran says:

    Thanks for a very interesting report. It is not clear to me about how Syria is being used to trap Russia. What forces would be used? Perhaps another newsbud expert can expound specifically on Syria.

  2. Timur Aydin says:

    Turkey has no choice but carrying out a military operation against the PKK (YPG/PYD) in northwest Syria, because PKK will never stop attacking Turkey every chance they get. Now that they have been extremely well armed and continue to be further armed by the USA (almost as well as a sovereign country’s millitary), the situation is even more urgent for Turkey. But Russia knows that if Turkey controls the northern areas of Syria, Turkey’s presence there will be quite long term, so Russia will try to prevent Turkey from making gains. THIS is the conflict that NATO will try to intensify in order to stifle cooperation between Russia and Turkey.

    A conflict between Russia and Turkey will hit both countries economically. And if Russia’s troop deployment in Syria increases dramatically, that will also hit the Russian economy. It was estimated that the US presence in Iraq during the heights of the gulf war cost about 1 billion dollars daily! It won’t be that much for Russia, but when you normalize it according to the GDP of USA/Russia, a large scale military deployment of Russian forces in the PKK/YPG/PYD areas will be a heavy burden to the Russian economy.

    Turkey and Russia must come to a common understanding. They have done so till now, and I hope that will continue.

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