New ‘Axis of Resistance’? – Why Russia Avoids Full Identification with the Syrian-Iranian Alliance

New ‘Axis of Resistance’? – Why Russia Avoids Full Identification with the Syrian-Iranian Alliance

Hanna Notte
St Antony's College, University of Oxford

The ongoing crisis in Turkish-Russian relations, caused by Ankara shooting down a Russian Su-24 fighter jet on November 24, has thrown into relief another international trend connected to the war in Syria: the apparently growing robustness of a Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance. Speaking to media on Sunday, Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei, stated that "Iran has a duty to reduce tensions between Russia and Turkey".

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