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Moscow and Persian-Ottoman Knot

Anastasia Ponamareva, Sergey Ponamarev

On November 22 Russian president Vladimir Putin held a meeting in Sochi with president of Iran Hassan Rouhani and president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The talks were devoted to the Syrian settlement process, taking into account the joint work in the Astana format. As known, since the beginning of the year, Astana has hosted talks on the regulation of the Syrian crisis, organised by Russia, Iran, and Turkey, which have taken on the role of guarantors for the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic. This is one of a number of examples of successful collaboration between the sides as part of efforts to de-escalate the conflict in Syria, and it provides grounds for optimistic predictions regarding longer-term partnerships in the Russia-Turkey-Iran triangle.

Beyond that, political scientists Anastasia Ponamareva and Sergey Ponamarev argue that Moscow could act as a mediator in the search for solutions to existing problems on the Turkish-Iranian diplomatic agenda, taking on a balancing role in the triangle that emerges. In this edition of Russia Confidential, the experts discuss the economic background of relations between Iran and Turkey, and areas where their interests intersect in Syria, taking into account “the Kurdish factor”, and also draw conclusions about the possibilities emerging for Russia as this “Persian-Ottoman knot” is unravelled.

Persian-Ottoman Knot for Moscow (full text)



RUSSIA CONFIDENTIAL, Issue № 9 (249), Volume 16. 2017