I write this from my hotel room overseeing the Russian Foreign Ministry’s iconic main building, a gigantic Stalinist-style skyscraper that was built as one of Moscow’s famous “Seven Sisters” between 1947 and 1953. Having witnessed the rise and fall of the Soviet empire, the building has recently re-emerged as a global power broker, particularly when it comes to the Middle East.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs building on Smolenskaya Square, Moscow. (AFP Photo/Boris Yelenin)
The dispute over Syria
Close cooperation between Riyadh and Moscow cannot but be helpful, particularly when it comes to regional and oil-market stabilityFaisal J. Abbas