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24th April 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran, Russia Boost Military Ties Amid U.S. Action In Syria

Boris Zilberman, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran and Russia are moving closer together in their military alliance, working to boost ties and coordination in Syria and elsewhere in the region following the U.S. decision to launch a military strike in Syria, according to regional reports and experts.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Russia pushes for Iranian membership in NATO counterweight group

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russia wants Iran to receive full membership in a geopolitical organization designed as a partial counterweight to NATO and other western pacts, a move that would likely deepen the economic and military ties between the two governments.

20th April 2017 - Fox News

Syria’s chemical program: Rubio ‘gravely concerned’ about Iran & Russia complicity

Benjamin Weinthal

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News he’s “gravely concerned” about Iran’s role in helping Syria develop its chemical warfare program that ended up killing dozens of people weeks ago.

17th April 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Engel: US can’t allow Libya to become ‘puppet government of Russia’

Boris Zilberman

President Trump's team needs to take care to prevent Libya from falling under the sway of Russia, according to U.S. policymakers and experts.

17th April 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Russia’s Propaganda Machine Sets Its Sights On The Balkans

John Cappello

Russian propaganda campaigns have become a serious concern for Western governments over the last year, but it’s Europe’s Balkan countries could be the Kremlin’s next major focus.

14th April 2017 - Quoted by Andrew C. McCarthy - PJ Media

Republican Congress AWOL on Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Where is the Republican-controlled Congress on Syria? By all accounts, it is busy cheerleading the president's firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles at a foreign sovereign -- an offensive attack that was unprovoked and unauthorized by Congress, rendering it unconstitutional.

13th April 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman

FDD senior fellow Boris Zilberman discusses Russia's growing influence in Northern Africa.

7th April 2017 - 660 AM The Answer

The Mark Davis Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer discusses the recent Syria missile strike in response to Assad's chemical weapons attack.

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Bill Powell - Newsweek

The Risks of Trump’s Strike on Assad in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

In light of President Donald Trump's decision to launch missiles at Syrian military targets on Thursday in response to a sarin gas attack on civilians, here’s a window into the complexity on the ground in Syria.

5th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Russia Escalates Disinformation Campaign in Western Balkans

John Cappello

Russia is entering a new phase in its disinformation campaign in the Western Balkans, escalating disinformation and propaganda, and aggressively pushing messages of inevitable war with the European Union and NATO.

3rd April 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Deputy Director of Congressional Relations Boris Zilberman comments on the recent attack in St. Petersburg.

3rd April 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Russia’s Charm Offensive in North Africa

Oren Kessler , Boris Zilberman

With the world’s attention focused on the question of Russian influence in the United States and the European Union, the Kremlin is quietly making inroads in another region critical to both the United States and Europe: the five North African states of the southern Mediterranean shore....

3rd April 2017 - NPR

Morning Edition

Mary Beth Long

FDD nonresident senior fellow Mary Beth Long discusses Russia probes and the Trump administration.

28th March 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's CEO Mark Dubowitz discusses the relationship between Iran and Russia, as well as what the US can do to counter Iranian aggression.

28th March 2017 - Quoted by Ryan Browne - CNN

US sees a resurgent Russian military expanding into Afghanistan, Libya

Bill Roggio

The Kremlin's ambitions in the Middle East reach far beyond Syria, according to US officials. From Afghanistan to Libya, US Pentagon officials are increasingly concerned by mounting Russian military and diplomatic activity they believed is aimed at undermining the US and NATO.

27th March 2017 - Quoted by Peyman Pejman - Kayhan London

Russia, Iran: Mutual Aspirations, Continued Competition

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Moscow this week is seen by observers as much for what is on the agenda as it is for items not officially included on the list of topics to be discussed.

16th March 2017 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Senators Weigh Myriad Options for Sanctions on Russia

Eric B. Lorber

Senators on Wednesday weighed recommendations from experts to approach new sanctions on Russia cautiously but to deepen and expand economic consequences for Moscow's seizure of the Crimean Peninsula and interference in the U.S. election.

15th March 2017 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

Tillerson’s quiet trip to Asia

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Asia on Wednesday for his first foreign trip with almost no fanfare. He’s traveling on a “small plane” with “a modest footprint,” says a spokesman. He’s bringing along just one reporter and will hold only one brief press conference...

14th March 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer on the current state of US-Russian relations.

7th March 2017 - Quoted by Tim Mak - The Daily Beast

Top Trump Ally Met With Putin’s Deputy in Moscow

Boris Zilberman

In March 2014, the U.S. government sanctioned Dmitry Rogozin—a hardline deputy to Vladimir Putin, the head of Russia’s defense industry and longtime opponent of American power—in retaliation for the invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine.

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