The cooperation between Moscow and Riyadh is not a surprise—and could be part of a bigger play on Putin's part.
Russian gas will inevitably remain part of the mix in Europe’s future energy market.
Moscow has many potential partners in the region, and no ideological constraints.
Renewed American commitment may convince Russia to push Assad toward a political settlement.
The two powers recognize they have enough common ground to work together, and have learned to tolerate disagreement.
Is it too late for Lukashenko to defy Russia?
There remains a path to compromise and collaboration.
No great power is skillfully managing its relations with the region.
Both sides have strong, building reasons to work together.
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