Russia is attempting to increase its influence the Middle East through both state-sponsored media and public and private displays of support. What actions is Russia taking and what does it aim to achieve? What does this mean for U.S. and NATO allies in the region? MPP Matthew Dotzler, who focuses on national and foreign security policy, joins Moderator Jessica Blackband and co-Host Katherine Lundie to unpack. All views expressed are his own.
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See the sources:
Khamenei says Iran, Russia should cooperate to isolate U.S., foster Middle East stability, Reuters
Iraqi MP Kadhim Al-Sayadi: We Should Cancel the Strategic Framework Agreement with the U.S., Sign Another Sponsored by Russia and Iran, Memri TV
Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, Deputy Commander of the Popular Mobilization Units: Optimism over Liberation of Mosul Was Exaggerated; No Objection to Russian Military Intervention in Syria; After Mosul, We Will Enter Syria; Hizbullah Trained Us against the Americans after 2003, Memri TV
How dangerous is Putin? The Jordan Times
Liberal Kuwaiti Journalist Hassan Al-Juffeiri Praises the US for Its Middle East Policies and Slams Russia for Its Relations with Extremist Arab Regimes, Memri TV
Putin Is Filling the Middle East Power Vacuum, Bloomberg
Saudi Foreign Minister Slams Putin: Russian Arms Responsible for Catastrophe in Syria, Memri TV
Syrian President Al-Assad Praises Iran, Russia, China, and Hizbullah for Their Support: They Are “True Partners”, Memri TV