International Crises

Obama: Military action still on table if Syria diplomacy fails

 Obama: Military action still on table if Syria diplomacy fails


14 September 2013

US President Obama addresses the nation about the situation in Syria from the White House, Sept 10

Following announcement of US-Russian plan for Syria's chemical weapons, Obama says framework deal was an important, concrete step toward getting the chemical weapons under international control.

A new role for Russia in the Middle East

Russia's new Middle Eastern role

Middle East
Jun 10, '13
By Spengler

Russia has thrown a monkey wrench into Western plans for Syria by promising to deliver its top-of-the-line S300 surface-to-air missile system to the Bashar al-Assad government. Exactly when the missiles might arrive remains unclear; the last word from Moscow is that the missiles are not yet in place, which means the matter is up for bargaining.

The world in 2015 review: a year of living dangerously

Simon Tisdall, theguardian
Good things did happen. Iran and the western powers reached a landmark agreement on circumscribing Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme. Israel was unhappy, as were Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states – but most of the rest of the world breathed a deep sigh of relief.

Love thy neighbor

BURAK BEKDİL, hurriyetdailynews

In the Mediterranean to the south, Turkey does not have diplomatic relations with European Union member Cyprus. In its east, Turkey does not have diplomatic relations with Armenia, now a reinforced Russian military base.

Turkey will not apologise for shooting down Russian jet

Ankara will not apologise for downing a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border but Moscow should reconsider retaliatory sanctions, the Turkish prime minister has said.

Vladimir Putin announces Russian sanctions against Turkey

Lin Jenkins
Russia has announced a package of economic sanctions against Turkey in retaliation for the shooting down of a Russian jet four days ago on the Syrian-Turkish border.

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