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Will Russia’s S-300 Missile Defense Systems Really Empower Iran?

By Matthew Bodner Moscow’s decision to lift its unilateral ban on exporting advanced S-300 air defense system to Iran will boost the Islamic republic’s air defense capabilities, but their military impact depends on the outcome of ongoing negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. The air defense systems, built by Russia’s largest defense contractor Almaz-Antey, are some of the most …

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Has Putin Played All His Cards in Ukraine?

BY Vladimir Frolov The Kremlin is desperately seeking Western help, even calling upon U.S. President Obama to join the Normandy format, to pressure Kiev to reintegrate the separatist republics into a federalized Ukraine. Moscow is worried that Kiev is moving to jettison the separatist-controlled parts of the Donbass into a stable frozen conflict along the lines of the self-proclaimed republic of Transdnestr. …

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The Shape of Netanyahu’s Emerging Coalition

By David Makovsky Israel’s next government may have a turbulent start given its relative lack of political moderates, but a rightward trajectory on settlements and other issues is not guaranteed. The preliminary outlines of Binyamin Netanyahu’s fourth coalition are beginning to take shape ahead of the May 7 deadline …

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Khorasan Group Allegedly Weakened by US-led Coalition Never Existed

A source in Syria told Sputnik that the Khorasan group, an al-Qaeda branch, that was allegedly weakened in September during US-led airstrikes in Syria against ISIL militant group and their allies, had never existed. The Khorasan group, an al-Qaeda branch, that was allegedly weakened in September during US-led airstrikes in Syria …

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EU Foreign Policy Chief Says She is Ready to Facilitate Iran Nuclear Talks

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she sees her main task in facilitating international negotiations on Iran’s controversial nuclear program. The foreign policy chief spoke to journalists ahead of a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. On Wednesday, she is set to hold talks with US Secretary of State John …

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US On Horns of Dilemma: How to Defeat ISIL and Contain Iran

Together the United States and Iran could easily defeat Islamic State, but this victory would play into hands of Iran and its Middle Eastern allies and ruin Washington’s relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel, a US expert noted.  After United States military forces defeat Islamic State, Washington must …

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