Russia may have won Crimea but it has lost Ukraine, writes Vitaly Portnikov. At the same time, Ukraine has gained a whole world of sympathetic people who support the country in its fight for something that should in fact be just as much a necessity for Russia too: freedom.
In the cafés, in the shops, [...]
Now it’s personal.
By upping the ante with his threat to isolate Russia with sanctions over Crimea, Barack Obama risks setting off a cycle of confrontation with Vladimir Putin.
And despite his reluctance to play Cold War-style chess with the Russian president, a degeneration into a new great power rivalry cannot be [...]
Russia may suspend nuclear arms inspections agreed in a treaty with the United States in reaction to Western sanctions over Ukraine, Russian news agencies today quoted an unnamed defence ministry source as saying.
The pact is the linchpin of the nuclear arms control regime between the former Cold War [...]
What are the chances the United States will get involved in a war over this? Qualls puts the chances at “zero.” A war, he said, would entail “the worst combat the U.S. has seen since Vietnam.” Russia is a military superpower with nuclear weapons. Qualls believes “there’s no way” Obama will take military action. Russia [...]
The first step for the Obama administration should be to remove self-imposed obstacles to U.S. energy exports, they said.
Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) said on Tuesday that House Republicans “will work with the Obama administration on measures to impose consequences on Russia for its hostile act,” and pointed to energy exports [...]
Slouching in a fancy chair in front of a dozen reporters, Putin squirmed and rambled. And rambled and rambled. He was a rainbow of emotion: Serious! angry! bemused! flustered! confused! So confused. …
Gone was the old Putin, the one who loves these kinds of press events. He’d come a long way [...]
The Russian defense ministry reports the test-firing of a Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday night as anti-US provocation. DEBKAfile: The IBMs, which normally carry multiple nuclear warheads, was fired from the Caspian Sea area and reportedly hit a target in Kazakhstan – just hours after President Vladimir Putin accused the interim government in Kiev of carrying [...]
Don’t be fooled by Putin’s façade; the pillars of Russian power are steadily declining.
Everywhere one looks today, signs of a resurgent Russia are omnipresent. Although Vladimir Putin has undoubtedly worked hard to craft this image, it is a mirage. Russia is doomed over the long-term, and its short-term maneuvers aren’t enough to compensate for [...]
At home, this intervention looks to be one of the most unpopular decisions Putin has ever made. The Kremlin’s own pollster released a survey on Monday that showed 73% of Russians reject it. In phrasing its question posed in early February to 1,600 respondents across the country, the state-funded sociologists at WCIOM were [...]
“This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th century behavior in the 21st century, and there is no way, to start with, that if Russia persists in this, that the G-8 countries are going to assemble in Sochi. That’s a starter,” Kerry said on NBC’s “Meet [...]