The year 2015 was very controversial and ambiguous for Russia, particularly regarding its military and foreign policies. Its unprecedented involvement in the Middle East, and its engagement with the Muslim world, reflect fundamental changes in Russia’s self-positioning on the world stage.
Many Middle Eastern countries became important strategic partners, and Russia - where Muslims and Christians coexist peacefully - showed readiness to contribute to the global fight against extremism, and to promote moderate Islam.
Moscow increased cooperation with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Even the current ban on flight communication between Russia and Egypt, temporarily imposed by Moscow, cannot spoil bilateral ties because it is based on security matters, not political ones.
The coming year will be marked by the improvement of Russian ties with Middle Eastern countries.Maria Dubovikova