In Ukraine, government supporters, western diplomats and opposition figures tend to reply to inquiries about how the process of “de-oligarchisation” is proceeding in the country with exactly the same response: hearty laughter.
Resurgent anti – Russia hysteria has broader, ominous implications for US foreign policy and the health of political discourse in the United States.
Will the success of US-Russian cooperation in reaching a major agreement on Iran’s nuclear program create a new opportunity — and new momentum — for a political solution to Syria’s seemingly unending civil war? Both Washington and Moscow appear to be leaving the door open. But walking through it will not be easy.
There is a foreign land so threatened by its neighbour that it requires Canadian troops to defend it, and so dangerous within its borders, so full of traps and snares, that it isn’t safe for those Canadian troops to leave their bases other than in large, organized groups. The country? Latvia.
WOLF BLITZER: …do you believe, do you have evidence that there was in fact collusion between Trump associates and Russia during the campaign?
DIANNE FEINSTEIN: Not at this time.
The ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine casts a long shadow over areas of shared American and Russian interest, making the Obama administration’s 2009 “reset” in relations appear a distant memory. However perceptions have shifted in the intervening six years, common concerns still exist between Washington and Moscow; chief among them: terrorism.
While still speaking about a united Ukraine, Poroshenko’s government last month shut off electricity supplies to Luhansk over unpaid debts. Kiev already had stopped supplying gas to both the Luhansk and Donetsk regions and in March, Poroshenko imposed a trade blockade on the regions beyond Kiev’s control.
Ukrainian and US troops launched fresh drills Monday near the war-torn country’s Polish border in a bid to show unity and resolve in the face of an increasingly resurgent Kremlin.
The annual Rapid Trident exercises involve 1,800 soldiers from 18 countries and last for just under two weeks.
Militarists in the White House, Congress, and the US media call for escalation against Assad and Vladimir Putin, but they might serve Syria’s beleaguered population better by seeking an accord with the Russians and Iranians. Until then, there will be more war crimes. And more war.
Which country would you invest in: a fast- growing economic powerhouse with a world-beating stock market or a tottering former superpower embroiled in a proxy war and heading for a recession?
If at the start of 2015 you had chosen the second, Russia, you would be walking away with risk-adjusted returns surpassing that of the first, China, and also every other BRICS country, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
I am always skeptical when I see that a particular threat actor has been identified, such as in the case of the recent DNC hacking event.
In 1964, the Tonkin Gulf incident was used to justify the Vietnam War although U.S. intelligence quickly knew the facts were not what the U.S. government claimed. Now, the MH-17 case is being exploited to justify a new Cold War as U.S. intelligence again is silent about what it knows, writes Robert Parry.
Kiev (AFP) – Four Ukrainian soldiers and a civilian were killed in the deadliest 24-hour period in Ukraine’s eastern separatist war zone since the start of an Easter truce, officials said Wednesday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held separate talks Saturday with his Ukraine, US and German counterparts, the Kremlin announced, as fighting spikes in eastern Ukraine.
During the telephone calls with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Lavrov called for the Ukrainian army “to begin the demilitarisation” of the flashpoint Shyrokine village.
Princeton and NYU Professor Emeritus Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. Cohen reiterates a general theme he has developed in recent years: the exceedingly dangerous nature of the new Cold War makes détente – that is, negotiating areas of US-Russian cooperation to replace or offset perilous areas of conflict, imperative for American and international security.
…a sense of unrest is returning to Transnistria. Regional developments connected to the ongoing crisis between Russia and neighboring Ukraine are sparking fears of renewed conflict, with local media and incendiary official statements adding to a sense of rising tensions
Ukraine’s attempt to attack a Jewish war hero is a disgrace, says the author and journalist Lev Golinkin. Holocaust whitewashers have attempted this in Lithuania, and now it seems Ukraine is following suit. This, according to Golinkin, is not just about attacking the dead, but attacking the living.
The meeting, at Mr Putin’s summer residence in Sochi, comes with bilateral relations in a trough over the war in Syria and Russia’s annexation of Crimea.