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Russia uses Middle Eastern ties to mitigate isolation

Tuesday, March 7, 2023


Syria has been Russia's central 'project' in the Middle East for more than a decade, but Moscow uses diplomatic and trade connections with many other regional states to sidestep its international isolation. They are mostly ambivalent about Russia's war in Ukraine but reluctant to make a definitive choice between Moscow and Western powers.


  • Western efforts to isolate Russia will be hampered by Russia's Middle Eastern connections.
  • US relations with Middle Eastern allies will be complicated by the mismatch in their views of the Ukraine war.
  • Russian tourism and wheat supplies are central to economic ties with Egypt.

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