Russian strikes kill eight civilians in Syria’s Idlib: Monitor (Al Arabiya)

Russian air strikes in Syria’s northwestern region of Idlib on Thursday killed eight civilians, including five children, a war monitor said.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2020/01/24/Russian-strikes-kill-eight-civilians-in-Syria-s-Idlib-Monitor.html

Sanctions and the End of Trans-Atlanticism. Iran, Russia, and the Unintended Division of the West (IFRI)

Les sanctions secondaires sont devenues l’instrument principal de découplage des objectifs politiques poursuivis par les États-Unis et l’Union européenne vis-à-vis de l’Iran et de la Fédération de Russie.

https://www.ifri.org/fr/publications/notes-de-lifri/sanctions-and-end-trans-atlanticism-iran-russia-and-unintended-division

Rawi ABDELAL, Aurélie BROS

With Putin’s Proposed Changes, Russia Begins Its Transition to One-Party Rule (BESA Center)

Vladimir Putin’s proposed changes to the Russian constitution portend a shift toward one-party rule and lay out a framework by which he can continue to be a major power broker well beyond the end of his presidential tenure in 2024.

https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/with-putins-proposed-changes-russia-begins-its-transition-to-one-party-rule/

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Europe distancing itself from the US while moving closer to Russia (Global Times)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Moscow on January 11 and met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for nearly four hours. According to information revealed by German and Russian authorities, the atmosphere of the meeting was friendly, in contrast to the indifferent attitudes during the two leaders’ contacts over the last five years.

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1177790.shtml

By Jin Feng

Russia’s Disinformation War Reaches Latin America, Challenging U.S. Influence (World Politics Review)

When a wave of popular protests erupted across South America last year, a number of officials in the region claimed the unrest was being promoted by a “foreign hand.” No one argued that the protest movements, from Chile to Colombia, were created entirely or even ignited by outside powers, but leaders like Chilean President Sebastian Pinera suggested the possibility that someone outside the region was pouring fuel on the fire.

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/28489/for-putin-venezuela-and-latin-america-are-key-to-challenging-u-s-influence

Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist. A former CNN producer and correspondent, she is a regular contributor to CNN and The Washington Post. Her WPR column appears every Thursday. Follow her on Twitter at @fridaghitis.