Chronology

Russia President B.N. Yeltsin signs a directive "On Termination of Nuclear Weapons Testing at Novaya Zemlya Test Range".
26.10.1991

Blog entries: Syria

07.10.2015

Russia realises that the terrorist threat coming from ISIS is a clear danger to the country and its allies from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Russian allies in Central Asia may be particularly vulnerable to the growing ISIS threat, especially as ISIS expands its influence beyond Iraq and Syria borders. No less significant is the threat to the Northern Caucasus, which is mostly peaceful now, but definitely a very fragile region. For this reason, Russia has decided to act, and if needed it will act independently.

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07.10.2015

People are fleeing largely from Syria, but also from other countries like Pakistan for instance. Some of them are in poverty, devastated by war and they see the risk of escalation of the civil war. Others are in much better economic shape and they find that it is a time when Europe is likely to accept them. The problem is that Europe was completely unprepared for the waves of migrants, but there was nothing unexpected. There were previous signals coming from Africa, and of course the routes through Turkey and Southern Europe have been attractive and proved to be workable before for refugees, as well as for those who financially gain from passing refugees through other territories.

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27.09.2013

On the one hand, Syria was not obliged to destroy its chemical arsenals, simply because several other countries in that region, Israel in particular, are not members of other nonproliferation agreements. Israel has nuclear weapons. But it would be fair to say that Syria’s chemical weapons are not an effective deterrent against Israel. It makes no military sense for the Syrian regime to have chemical weapons. In actual fact, these weapons constitute a risk, rather than strengthen Syria’s security.

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25.09.2013

But the situation is being made even worse by some informal agreements that may have been reached between these monarchies and Israel. These countries are trying to stymie Iran’s plans. Their goal is to take Syria, which has been a staunch ally of Iran under Assad, out of the game under any pretext

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25.09.2013

There is the question of whether the Syrian government and its armed forces are fully in control of all the chemical weapons and chemical facilities in the country. Are they in complete control, amid the ongoing civil war? Are there adequate protection measures in place for such facilities?

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