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Putin's visit to Japan, Ankara assassination and 2016 in review

Think tank review: In December Russian experts discussed Vladimir Putin’s trip to Japan, the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey and the key results of the year.

Will Ukraine freeze this winter?


As much as Ukraine claims that it is completely independent from Russian gas, Kiev continues to keep the door open to cooperation with Moscow.

Pictured: A worker opening a gas pipeline in Russia. Photo: RIA Novosti

Tallying up the wins and losses for Russian foreign policy in 2016

The new Russia Direct report offers an overview of the Kremlin’s foreign policy over the past year and gives a glimpse of what to expect in 2017.

Russian domestic politics: 2016 in review

The top news stories of the year included parliamentary elections in September, a series of high-level political shakeups and several prominent corruption scandals.

Russia's military plane en route to Syria crashes. What is behind it?


It remains to be seen if the incident is really a well-organized terrorist attack. However, no matter what results the probe will yield, it won’t return the dozens of victims — gifted musicians, journalists and the woman who dedicated her life to saving distressed people.

A Defense Ministry plane en route to Syria crashes claiming innocent lives


A Defense Ministry plane carrying journalists and musicians from a military band to Syria crashed soon after take-off from Sochi. Although the Defense Ministry has ruled out terrorism as the cause of the crash, some experts imply that the plane exploded in the sky. This might mean that the incident could have resulted from a well-orchestrated terrorist attack.

Putin's year-end press conference offers few hints about nation's future

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference didn’t bring any surprises. In fact, it disappointed some journalists and experts because Putin has not been able to articulate how his policies will resolve urgent problems.

Should Russia be punished for alleged cyber attacks on America?


The story of Russian cyber interference in the U.S. election has taken on a life of its own, with potentially unintended consequences for both the U.S. and Russia.

President Barack Obama blames the "highest level of the Russian government for hacks," as he speaks during a news conference, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Photo: AP

The Ankara assassination won't stop Turkey from tilting to Eurasia


The assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara was a clear attempt to destabilize Russian-Turkish relations. For now, Turkey looks determined to continue on its current course.

What to expect from Russia-EU relations in 2017


While EU-Russia relations have no real basis for improvement, Russia’s bilateral relationships with particular EU member states do have the potential for improvement.


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