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19 Jan 2022
Russia neither wants Iran with a bomb nor Iran bombed. The Russians are very good at compartmentalizing their differences with the West. The New York Times

Ali Vaez

Senior Adviser to the President & Project Director, Iran
14 Jan 2022
Russia wants to see Ukraine not as a neutral country, but more like a friendly country. Al Jazeera

Oleg Ignatov

Senior Analyst, Russia
7 Jan 2022
For Russia, if things do settle down [in Kazakhstan], it will be a substantial win, demonstrating how critical it remains, and also tethering Kazakhstan to it that much more. Reuters

Olga Oliker

Program Director, Europe and Central Asia
19 Dec 2021
If [Ethiopian President] Abiy survives the conflict in power, he will likely be thankful to Beijing and Moscow for protecting him at the UN during the war. South China Morning Post

Richard Gowan

UN Director
3 Oct 2020
This is a more serious escalation [over Nagorno-Karabakh], much better prepared, with more troops, and happening simultaneously on all parts of the front line. The Economist

Olesya Vartanyan

Senior Analyst, South Caucasus
28 Sep 2020
We are a step away from a large-scale war (between Armenia and Azerbaijan). Al-Jazeera

Olesya Vartanyan

Senior Analyst, South Caucasus

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Podcast / Global

Decoding Russia’s Nuclear Threats over Ukraine

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood is joined by Crisis Group’s Europe & Central Asia Director Olga Oliker to discuss Russia’s nuclear menacing over Ukraine and whether the war could tip into a nuclear confrontation.

The Ukraine War: A View From Moscow

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood is joined from Moscow by Crisis Group Board Member and expert on Russian foreign policy Andrey Kortunov, to talk about Russian reactions to the war in Ukraine and what options exist to end the fighting. 

Podcast / Global

Turkey and Russia’s Complicated Relationship

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to expert Eleonora Tafuro, a research fellow at ISPI, to make sense of the complicated relationship between Russia and Turkey that has veered from collaborative to adversarial, often landing somewhere in between.

Turkey's Foreign Relations Balancing Act

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood talks to Crisis Group’s Turkey expert, Nigar Göksel, about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent trip to Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Turkey’s involvement in conflicts in Syria, Libya and the Caucasus, and its wider foreign relations.

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Russia in Africa

This week on Hold your Fire!, Richard Atwood and guest host Comfort Ero are joined by Africa expert Pauline Bax to discuss Russia in Africa, its ambitions on the continent, the role of Russian military contractors and how Western powers view Moscow’s rising profile.

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