Russia’s S-400 surface to air missile system and its Su-35 fighters in Syria are a major headache for the US-led coalition. However, from Moscow’s standpoint they create almost as many problems as opportunities.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was scheduled to visit Moscow this week. His trip has now been cancelled, partly because he wishes to intensify diplomatic pressure on Russia, but also because he is keen to persuade the new US administration about the virtues of foreign and security policy coordination.
In his appeal to the House of Commons to extend UK anti-Daesh operations to Syria, the prime minister cited unique RAF capabilities, in particular the Brimstone anti-armour missile and MQ-9 Reaper. What contributions can the RAF bring to the campaign in Syria?
After months of uncertainty, David Cameron has offered his most detailed case yet for the UK to extend airstrikes from Iraq to Syria. He stands a good chance of exorcising the ghosts of August 2013. But how robust are his arguments?