Alexander Orlov

It is Time for Israel to Give Up its Outdated Pipe Dreams


In the evening of July 23, in Jerusalem, talks were held between Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister and a Russian delegation headed by Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister and Valery Gerasimov, head of the General Staff of the armed forces. On the Israeli side the meeting was…

Trump Blackmails NATO Using Russia for Intimidation


On July 10, the US President Donald Trump began his journey to Europe with a visit to Brussels to attend the NATO summit which is going to be rather complicated. A sheer discrepancy is becoming obvious: Trump believes that the US is spending a disproportionate amount of money on…

Damascus and Moscow Dominate the Syrian South Confidently


After the Russian aviation from the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) group based in Hmeimim started to participate actively in the military operation of Damascus in the provinces of Daraa and As-Suwayda (Nota Bene: on some days there are as many as 70 operation flights per day), the Syrian…

Restless Times for Saudi Kingdom


On June 30, United States President Donald Trump  persuaded the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud to maximize oil production in order to reduce the cost of fuel on the market. This decision will make the Saudis violate OPEC+ agreements reached at the end of June in Vienna…

New Round of Fighting in Libya


On Jun 17, the Libyan National army (LNA) commanded by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar began a large-scale operation to expel I. Al-Jadran militants from the “oil crescent” region (on the coast of the Gulf of Sirte), the location of the largest oil-loading ports in the country, including…

New Protests Spark in Iran


A second wave of mass protests against the government, in the space of the first six months of this year, is taking place in Iran. The first flare-up occurred at the beginning of January, when hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of large cities, attacking police stations and…

Developments in Daraa


The Syrian forces continue their offensive in southwestern Syria, in the Daraa Governorate. At first the attack was somewhat spontaneous in nature, since the pro-Iranian units began armed hostilities without receiving consent from the Russian troops first. Up until 23 June, the Russian…

Nervousness of Iran in Syria


Recently, Iranians have shown signs of nervousness due to the measures taken by the US, their Arabic allies (e.g. peninsula monarchies) and Israel to begin joint efforts to force the Iranian military, pro-Iranian proxy forces and Shiite mercenaries from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan…

Has the Arab Spring Come to Jordan?


For a whole week now, Jordan has been shaken by nonstop waves of protests against the draft law on reforming tax reform, for which the IMF lobbied for adoption. This reform calls for significant growth in the income tax. As a result, from June 1 prices in Jordan have already…

Will Qatar Start Buying Russia’s S-400?


Recently Saudi Arabia has expressed its concern over the negotiations, taking place between Moscow and Doha, on the purchase of the missile system S-400. According to the French newspaper Le Monde, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia threatened to retaliate militarily if Qatar proceeds with…

The Changing Situation in Libya: Haftar Goes on the Offensive


On 18 December, the Supreme Commander of the Libyan Army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar announced the expiration of the Skhirat Agreement on the subject of national reconciliation, signed on 17 Dec 2015 under the auspices of…

Brace for Impact: Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US are About to Invade Syria


The Russian Defense Ministry recently announced that the United States is training a new armed force at the former refugee camp in El Khaseq province, citing the Center for Syrian Reconciliation…

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