Could the UK Change Its Russia Policy? (Valdai Discussion Club)

New UK governments, even when formed by the same political party, often start out by reviewing the policies of their predecessors, with defence and security being a favourite area. So it is with the government of Boris Johnson. One of the first moves he announced after the Conservatives won their 80-seat parliamentary majority in December was the launch of just such a review.

https://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/could-the-uk-change-its-russia-policy/

Mary Dejevsky

Beijing-Moscow historical bonds deepen during coronavirus crisis (Global Times)

In response to the outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP), many countries around the world have expressed their goodwill to help China fight the epidemic.

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1179494.shtml

By Li Yonghui

Putin’s Children: The Russian Elite Prepares for 2024 (Carnegie Moscow Center)

The 2024 election will be one in which the generation of “Putin’s children,” those who have made their careers and profited from the twenty years of Putin’s presidency, face a serious challenge to keep the assets they have acquired.

https://carnegie.ru/2020/02/13/putin-s-children-russian-elite-prepares-for-2024-pub-81055

ANDREI KOLESNIKOV,  DENIS VOLKOV

Don’t Expect an Economic Miracle in Putin’s Russia (Carnegie Moscow Center)

The main task of Putin’s economic policy is to collect as much in taxes as possible. This is why the man who successfully transformed the Federal Tax Service is now head of the government.

https://carnegie.ru/commentary/81059

Andrey Movchan

Unconsolidated: The Five Russian Elites Shaping Putin’s Transition (Carnegie Moscow Center)

President Putin has embarked on a renewal of Russia’s ruling regime to make sure it weathers the political transition of 2024 and to preserve his personal power-base. The elite can be divided into five distinct groups, two of which, the “protectors” and “technocrats” may end up in a fierce ideological fight.

https://carnegie.ru/commentary/81037

Tatiana Stanovaya

Oatmeal and Water: The Thinning Belarus-Russia Relationship (Carnegie Moscow Center)

A row over energy prices is a sign that Belarus and Russia are set to have a cooler and more pragmatic relationship. Over the next few years, Minsk is likely to build a more balanced relationship with the West and Moscow, like that of Armenia or Kazakhstan.

https://carnegie.ru/commentary/81038

Artyom Shraibman

Can Idlib Ruin the Turkey-Russia Entente? (Valdai Discussion Club)

Russia and Turkey are not natural partners in Syria, but share enough overlapping interests to maintain dialogue about the direction of the conflict. Ankara’s position in the Syrian civil war has been shaped by its initial risk averse approach to the conflict and refusal to use military force to try and shape outcomes. In eastern Syria, Ankara was initially unable to upend the American war strategy and its reliance on the Syrian Kurds, a group Turkey has labeled a terrorist organization. In Syria’s West, the Russian entrance into the war directly challenged Ankara’s support for the anti-regime insurgency, which had made considerable gains in Idlib before September 2015.

https://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/can-idlib-ruin-the-turkey-russia-entente-/

Aaron Stein