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In the Israel-Hamas war, Russia takes the ridge road

Analysis, Austrian Institute of International Affairs (Vienna, published Nov 7th, 2023) 

The article explores Russia’s response to the Israel-Hamas conflict, revealing a distinct stance from the US, Europe, and many other partners. Moscow refuses to condemn Hamas, advocating instead a path to peace that downplays the US and raises the emerging powers’ profile – especially Russia’s. Examining historical ties, economic connections, and internal dynamics, the article analyses Russia’s role as a mediator. It highlights significant elements in the complex relationships between Russia and strategic regional players such as Iran, China, India, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia, as well as Moscow’s ambitions in the UN. The conclusion discusses potential implications for Europe, emphasizing the EU’s vulnerabilities and the role of key member states. 

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