Shoygu’s Troubles

Shoygu’s Troubles

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 4 October 2017 Shoygu’s Troubles Severe losses in Syria, some errors committed during the Zapad-2017 military drills, and, most of all, the loud corruption scandals in the army: Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu, has recently had a horrible...
Russian General Killed in Syria

Russian General Killed in Syria

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 25 September 2017 Russian General Killed in Syria Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov was killed in the operation for the liberation of the city of Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria. It is a serious blow not only to the Russian military operation in...
Israel, Iran and Russia’s double game

Israel, Iran and Russia’s double game

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 15 September 2017 Israel, Iran and Russia’s double game Another conflict in the Middle East is likely to occur. Israel may decide to attack Hezbollah as the country is afraid of a strong position of Shiite extremists and their Iranian...
Shoigu and Turks on Syria

Shoigu and Turks on Syria

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 16 August 2017 Shoigu and Turks on Syria The introduction of ceasefire in Idlib Governorate, currently under Turkish control, is entering into its final phase. Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu will visit Turkey and he is expected to finally...
The third de-escalation zone

The third de-escalation zone

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 7 August 2017 The third de-escalation zone The Russians managed to reach a consensus with moderate rebels on the creation of another so-called de-escalation zone in Syria. The truce covers the northern part of the province of Homs. In this area,...