‘A generation after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the specter of Russia’s military is again haunting Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. It should be a matter of grave concern in Western capitals.’
Zapad-2013 should not be seen in isolation. Last month, five Russian warplanes staged simulated bombing attacks on Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. In April, meanwhile, two Russian Tu-22M3 [...]
In case you missed it, Kiev has been exploding over the last few days. Hundreds of thousands of people came out into the streets over the weekend—both in Kiev and elsewhere in Ukraine—to protest President Viktor Yanukovich’s last-minute decision to scuttle the signing of a vaguely worded agreement that would have begun to pull Ukraine [...]
The exact manner of the Russian cheating remains unclear and highly classified, although there have been several reports that Russia has tested and plans to continue testing two missiles in ways that could violate the terms of the treaty: the SS-25 road mobile intercontinental ballistic missile and the newer RS-26 ICBM, which [...]
The recent economic news out of Russia has been unremittingly awful, and the longer-term future doesn’t look much brighter.
It seems Vladimir Putin’s petro state has hit a wall, with the government last week reporting economic growth at a disappointing 1.2 percent in the third quarter, over the year-ago period. The Russian economy has been [...]
… the Russian decision to update, modernize and upgrade its nuclear forces is seen as a worrisome harbinger of a new era of strategic competition between Moscow and Washington. But Russian president Vladimir Putin is simply carrying out a 2012 election promise: “We should not tempt anyone by allowing ourselves to be weak. [...]
Russia is developing its first long-range drone aircraft capable of conducting ground attack missions, but lags behind other militaries in building unmanned aerial combat vehicles, according to U.S. officials.
The new drone is being developed in secret and was first revealed in online images earlier this year.
U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports said the [...]
America’s demise in the Middle East has made Russia the region’s pre-eminent power, and a threat to the West
Oil is the most strategic of commodities and the Middle East is the most strategic of regions. That’s why Winston Churchill locked up Iran’s oil for the British Empire prior to World War I. That’s why [...]
While Barack Obama is busy gutting the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Russia and China are rapidly preparing for the day when they will nuke the United States. To most Americans, it sounds very strange to hear that Russia and China are concerned about nuclear war. After all, isn’t the Cold War over? Isn’t that what politicians [...]
There are two big elephants in the room: Cold war with Russia and cold war with China. Even though some countries are becoming alarmed at Russia (and China too), one must not mention a new cold war. Now NATO is just starting to wake from its sleep.
A militarily [...]
President Vladimir Putin accused foreign rivals on Tuesday of using radical Islam to weaken Russia and appealed to Muslim clerics to help reduce tensions after a deadly suicide bombing and nationalist riots.
The comments, his first on this month’s riots in Moscow, were delivered in the mainly Muslim region of Bashkortostan and underlined Kremlin concerns [...]