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Russia’s supposed influence on Donald Trump’s election victory did not reveal anything about American democracy that Russians did not already suspect. Reuters

Making sense of Russiagate: what do Russians think?

Russian media both hint toward the Russian regime’s prowess in influencing the US election, while simultaneously treating the accusation as baseless Western propaganda.
Vladimir Putin, here with French President Francois Hollande, has big plans for Europe. Kremlin Press Office

The Kremlin has its watchful eyes set on the French elections

The Kremlin wants to build strong alliances with "pro-Russian" forces in the West. In France's upcoming election, Putin is placing his bets on two right-wing candidates for president.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow, April 12 2017. Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

What does Russia want from Donald Trump?

Relations between Russia and the United States have reached an all-time low since the US strike on Syria. But Moscow knows that Washington will need its support if tension rises with North Korea.
The future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s reign lies with Vladimir Putin’s obstinacy and ability to withstand US pressure. Reuters/Omar Sanadiki

Explainer: the war in Syria and the possibility of removing Assad

To understand the complexities of the conflict in Syria and what might happen next, it helps to untangle the three layers of strife in the war-torn country.
Cruise missile strike against Syria on April 7, 2017. U.S. Navy/via AP

US airstrike on Syria: What next?

Was this a one-off intervention – or a sign that Trump will undertake more of an effort to undermine the Assad regime?
Trump boards Air Force One on April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Trump’s attack on Syria: Four takeaways

'America First' apparently doesn't mean a step away from playing the world's policeman – and three more things to note about U.S. airstrikes on Syria.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on August 8 2016. Alexander Nemenov/Pool/Reuters

Russia and Iran’s growing cooperation hints at a new Middle East

The latest in a series of meetings will see the two countries sign a number of agreements on political and economic matters.

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