Eurasia Situation Reports

Syria: Russia, Turkey Carry Out First Joint Airstrikes

Russia and Turkey carried out joint airstrikes against the Islamic State near the Syrian town of al-Bab on Jan. 18, the first time the two countries have launched joint strikes against the militant group, BBC reported. Read more…

Russia: Trump Aide Meets With Russian Sovereign Wealth Fund

A member of the executive committee of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, Anthony Scaramucci, met with the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund late Jan. 16 at the meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bloomberg reported Jan. 17. Read more…

Tajikistan: The Obstacles To Joining The Russia-backed Economic Union

Abdurahmon Karimzoda, Tajikistan's first deputy head of customs, said Jan. 17 that Tajik producers are not yet ready to manufacture goods that would meet the standards of the Russia-backed Eurasian Economic Union, Asia-Plus reported. Read more…

Syria: Russia Wants U.S. At Syria Peace Talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Jan. 17 that members of the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump should be invited to Jan. 23 Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan organized by Russia, Iran and Turkey, TASS reported. Read more…

Norway: 300 U.S. Marines Deploy For Arctic Training

About three hundred U.S. Marines arrived in Norway on Jan. 16 for a six-month deployment focused on arctic warfare training, a Norwegian military representative said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Kyrgyzstan: Turkish Cargo Plane Crashes, Killing At Least 32

A Turkish cargo plane crashed Jan. 16 as it approached the airport in Kyrgyzstan's capital of Bishkek, killing at least 32 people, the New York Times reported. Read more…

Russia: Military Plans To Expand Naval, Air Bases In Syria

Russia plans to improve and expand its naval and air bases in Syria, Interfax news agency and Reuters reported Jan. 15, citing an unnamed source. Read more…

Russia: U.S. Troops In Poland A Threat, Kremlin Says

Russia views the arrival of more than 3,000 U.S. troops in Poland as a security threat, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said, BBC reported Jan. 12. Read more…

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