Oil, Iraq and the Kurds

Oil, Iraq and the Kurds

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 31 October 2017 Oil, Iraq and the Kurds Russia signs next oil contracts with Kurdish autonomy in northern Iraq, at the same time maintaining excellent relations with Baghdad. Just after the beginning of Iraqi military operation against the Kurds,...
Moscow’s Kurdish Dilemma

Moscow’s Kurdish Dilemma

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 3 October 2017 Moscow’s Kurdish Dilemma Russia’s position towards the independence aspirations of Iraqi Kurds shows the weakness of the Kremlin’s Middle East policy. It is another problem where the Russians try to take double...
Russia saves Maduro

Russia saves Maduro

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 9 August 2017 Russia saves Maduro For the Kremlin, Venezuela is becoming in the western hemisphere the same as Syria in the Middle East. The Russians cannot afford to fall back on a friendly regime if they want to retain any significant influence...
Korea, Sanctions and Sechin’s Man

Korea, Sanctions and Sechin’s Man

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 8 June 2017 Korea, Sanctions and Sechin’s Man Three Russian companies are on the US list of entities sanctioned in connection with North Korea’s nuclear program. Two of them are oil companies and they belong to Eduard Khudainatov, ex-president of...
One More Victim of Sechin

One More Victim of Sechin

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 16 May 2017 One More Victim of Sechin The man frequently referred to as the second one after Putin, continues his aggressive business expansion. Using his political influence and his connections in special services, this time he’s selected AFK...