That claim was patently false. To put it bluntly: Mr. Putin was lying through his teeth.
The conflict in Ukraine’s east is a Kremlin-manufactured war, begun by Russian officials, fought by Russian soldiers, fueled by Russian equipment, and supported by artillery strikes from Russian territory. The evidence is literally hiding in plain sight.
That’s the consensus of three scholars who spoke May 29 at a discussion hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.
Were Kenyan graft contained to balky bureaucrats, the problem would be only an irritation. But as illustrated in April by the attack by the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab on Garissa University College, which killed 147 people, it is far worse than that. Corruption in Kenya costs lives. It corrodes the security services’ capabilities and alienates Kenyans whose cooperation is critical to countering domestic extremism. If Kenya is to avoid another Garissa massacre, it must fight the corruption that leaves it vulnerable to a ruthless terror organization.
Reports by Atlantic Council and Boris Nemtsov’s allies reveal extent of Russia’s military aggression in UkraineRussian President Vladimir Putin is violating a February 2015 ceasefire agreement by continuing to send troops and weapons into Ukraine in a blatant attempt to destabilize the country, according to an Atlantic Council report issued May 28.
The report, Hiding in Plain Sight: Putin's War in Ukraine, draws on open source material and uses social media posts to track the movement of Russian soldiers and equipment across the border into Ukraine.
“There would be no conflict in Ukraine today but for Putin’s strategy to provoke one,” said Damon Wilson, the Atlantic Council’s Executive Vice President of Programs and Strategy, and one of the report’s five co-authors. “We don’t have a Ukraine problem, we have a Putin problem.”
European Ambassadors see “erosion” of sanctions regime if US Congress is viewed as cause of deal’s failureFailure to secure a deal that limits Iran’s nuclear program in return for phased sanctions relief could unravel a crippling sanctions regime on the Islamic Republic if that outcome is perceived to be the West’s fault, two European diplomats said May 26.
“If we were to walk away, or if the [US] Congress were to make it impossible for the agreement to be implemented, then the international community would be pretty reluctant, frankly, to contemplate a ratcheting up further of the sanctions against Iran,” Sir Peter Westmacott, the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the United States, said at the Atlantic Council.