Pictures of Russian troops in Syria have brought Russia’s role into the public spotlight. While Russia’s ministers downplay their military’s role, Analyst Sean Crowley takes an investigative approach to catalogue the evidence against them.
The slip that Russia may be seeking a naval base in Cyprus caused an uproar in the EU but is unsurprising considering the Russian Navy's 2020 vision strategy; coupled with the wars in nearby Ukraine and Syria, the Greek debt crisis, and the "Turkish Stream" pipeline, Russia's hand in the Eastern Mediterranean is on the up.
In the wake of South Stream's surprise cancellation, Turkey presents an opportunity for Russia to bypass Ukraine and still reach the European market, but price concessions may be needed to entice Ankara. Concrete plans have not followed the cancellation, leaving room for a policy reversal yet again.