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Russia FM warns US over supporting separatists in Syria | Source: Middle East Monitor

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia on April 16. 2021.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the United States over backing Syrian separatists. Lavrov said: “We stress every time the illegality and illegitimacy of the American presence on Syrian territory, especially since this presence is accompanied by the looting of the natural resources of the Syrian Arab Republic.”

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In push for Israel-Arab ties, US to name normalisation coordinator | Source: The Arab Weekly

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Israel’s Defence Minister Benny Gantz, at the State Department in Washington, June 3, 2021.

The Biden administration is laying the groundwork for a renewed push to encourage more Arab countries to sign normalisation accords with Israel while working to strengthen existing deals after last month’s devastating war in the Gaza Strip interrupted those diplomatic efforts and threw a damper on any normalisation plans.

Source: The Arab Weekly


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Turkey and Russia consult on Syria and Libya | Source: Middle East Monitor

Turkish officials have met with their counterparts at the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow for consultations on the latest developments in Syria and Libya. The delegations discussed preparations for the sixteenth International Meeting on Syria in the Astana format. During the discussion of the Libyan issue, progress was noted on the political, military and economic tracks.

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U.S. Relief Plan for Gaza Seeks to Bypass Hamas | Source: Wall Street Journal

The Biden administration has committed to help rebuild Gaza after the devastation of the recent Mideast conflict, but without providing any support to Hamas, which governs the territory and is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and its allies.

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Russia’s Lukoil ‘happy’ to resume talks on Iranian projects once US sanctions lifted | Source: S&P Global

Russia’s Lukoil would be “happy” to return to talks on its Iranian oil projects, which were at an advanced stage, once US sanctions on the Middle Eastern country are lifted. Lukoil was in talks with Iran to develop the Ab Teymour and Mansouri oil fields, but had to put plans on hold in late 2018 after the US pulled out of the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on the country’s oil industry.

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Turkey denounces Israel’s new settlement units in West Bank | Source: Yeni Safak

Turkey slammed Israel’s new project to build settler units in the Beit El settlement, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The continuing of such provocations while the suffering in Gaza is still fresh shows that the Israeli authorities have not taken any lessons from the incident that took place, said a Foreign Ministry statement.

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Erdoğan calls on Egypt, to maximise cooperation with Turkey | Source: Ahval News

Relations between Turkey and Egypt have been fractured since Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to power in a 2013 military coup and launched a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. Turkey became a safe haven for top Muslim Brotherhood figures, opposed to the government in Cairo. Turkey and Egypt have serious cooperation opportunities in a wide range of areas from the eastern Mediterranean to Libya.

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Iranian warships ‘heading to Venezuela’: US military officials | Source: The New Arab

The last delivery of Iranian oil to the US occurred in October 2020.

Two Iranian naval vessels are heading for Venezuela, according to US national security officials. The move would likely worsen relations between Iran and the US, amid an already tense political climate between the two powers.

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Iran opens new oil export pipeline bypassing Strait of Hormuz | Source: World Oil

Iran started its first transfer of crude oil via its strategic Goreh-Jask pipeline, allowing the country to bypass the Strait of Hormuz. Most of Iran’s energy exports currently pass through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow shipping channel on the Persian Gulf that was plunged into crisis after former President Donald Trump abandoned the 2015 nuclear deal and reinforced sanctions on Iran’s oil sector and wider economy.

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EU renews sanctions against Syria for another year | Source: Common Space Eu

The European Union will renew its sanctions against the regime in Syria for another year. The sanctions include a freeze on European assets and a ban on oil imports from the country, among others.

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