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Will Turkey be able to replace Russian gas with Qatari imports?

Recent meeting between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani gave rise to a new rhetoric in Turkey: Turkey will be able to meet any shortfall in Russian gas supplies with new imports of Qatari liquefied natural gas (LNG). Any new LNG contracts signed with Qatar, …

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Oval Office address, RIP? Obama’s stand-up moment fails to revive a speech setting where only a few presidents have actually thrived.

By Sarah Wheaton By speaking from a podium, President Barack Obama may have made his last stand for the Oval Office speech on Sunday night. It’s never been the president’s best stage as a communicator, White House aides acknowledge, which may be why it was only Obama’s third …

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Daesh on the Run: Putin’s Decisiveness the Key to Russia’s Success in Syria

Russian decisiveness in taking on the notorious Daesh (ISIS/ ISIL) terrorist organization in Syria is the key to Moscow’s successful military operation, political analyst Salman Rafi Sheikh stresses. In contrast to the US-led anti-Daesh coalition, Russia has demonstrated a serious and realistic approach towards conflict resolution in the Middle East, according …

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Turkey Playing ‘Daesh Card to Achieve Its Own Geopolitical Goals

Turkey’s double-standard policy toward the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group proves that Ankara has its own geopolitical goals in the region, analysts said. Turkey has rejected a US proposal to deploy additional troops to seal the stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border controlled by Daesh terrorists, local media reported last week.The 98-kilometer stretch of the …

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Actions vs Words: Why Russia’s Aerial Campaign in Syria is a Game-Changer

Russia’s aerial campaign in Syria has sent Daesh terrorists packing, while the US-led coalition’s airstrikes had done little to check the group’s expansion, Egyptian media wrote on Monday. “From the very start of their operation against Daesh in Syria, the Americans and their allies kept saying they were doing something, only …

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Too-Familiar Tune: Pentagon Plans to Boost Europe Budget to Counter Russia

The Pentagon wants to dramatically increase the funding of its European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) under the too-familiar pretext of protecting its European allies from the non-existent Moscow threat or, as Geoff Dyer put it, “to send a message to Russia.”  The exact number has not been made public …

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