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In Middle East, Russia is Filling-in Gaps Left Blank by the U.S.

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Russia’s military might, egarness to supply arms without conditions attached, growing diplomatic reach to almost all sides of the ongoing disputes, and reliability to save allies are some of the factors that could enable Russia to dominate regional landscape for a long time to come.

[Manish Rai | Oped Column Magazine]

In new circumstances where the abandonment of its Kurdish allies has created doubt about USA’s commitment to its allies, Moscow is increasingly seen as a more reliable partner in the Middle East than the USA.

During its recent withdrawal from the northeast Syria, the USA has either emptied or destroyed some military outposts and bases in the northeast Syria, which the Russian forces are now taking over. It seems that Russian forces are filling in the gaps that are left blank by the USA’s Syria-withdrawal as well as abandonment of Kurdish allies.


Czarist Russia had longstanding interests in the Middle East. Its successor, the Soviet Union (USSR), rapidly emerged as a critical player in the region after the Second World War and, more specifically, during the Cold War period when the Soviets were globally engaged in an intense contest with the West and, in particular, the USA.

But after end of the Cold War and the subsequent disintegration of Soviet Union, Moscow lost its influence and stature in the Middle East. This downfall always daunted Russian leadership that always craved for a greater role in the region.

Fast forward to 2011 and onward, the ongoing Syrian civil war has provided Russia with a golden........

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