Egypt dodges Trump’s ire as White House orders massive last-minute aid cuts

The outgoing president initally sought to freeze US military aid to Egypt over its purchase of Russian military hardware.

Jared Szuba | Defense/Security cooperation | Jan 15, 2021
al-monitor US President Donald Trump (R) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) hold a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Sept. 23, 2019. Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images.

Moscow stands to gain from Hamas-Damascus reconciliation

While claims that Russia is playing a large role in reconciliation talks between the Palestinian movement Hamas and the Syrian regime may be overstated, Moscow could benefit in several ways if the two sides restore relations.

Anton Mardasov | Russia in Syria | Jan 15, 2021

Russia treads lightly in Syrian deadlock

Moscow is reacting with marked restraint to the escalation around Ain Issa, even seeming to play along with Ankara, though Turkey and the Syrian National Army have no reason to conduct offensive operations in the area.

Kirill Semenov | | Dec 23, 2020

How Russia is preparing in Syria for Biden’s presidency

Moscow is hoping the final months of outgoing President Donald Trump's presidency will allow it an opportunity to reinforce its positions in Syria.

Anton Mardasov | Russian influence | Dec 14, 2020

Intel: Russia sets up military positions in Syria’s Ain Issa after shelling from Turkish-controlled side

The move follows Russian talks with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces

Al-Monitor Staff | Russia in Syria | Dec 10, 2020