Russia

  • Hillary Clinton Goes to Russia

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in an attempt to make good on Vice President Joe Biden's pledge to "push the reset button" in the bilateral relationship.  The task will, to say the least, not be an easy one.


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  • NATO Resumes Russia Ties

    NATO has ended Russia's "time-out," presumably thinking it has suffered long enough for invading its neighbor.

    NATO foreign ministers agreed Thursday to resume high-level formal ties with Russia, suspended last year after Moscow's military thrust into Georgia.


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  • The Gas Contract or I'll Shoot!

    March 4th was apparently one of those days when everyone concerned with gas supply from Russia across Ukraine to the EU could rejoice and put any concerns to rest: the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) raided at gunpoint the headquarters of Ukraine’s oil and gas company, Naftogaz.


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  • USA Done by 2010: Russian Diplomatic Academy Dean

    A prominent Russian scholar is making a bold prediction:

    If you're inclined to believe Igor Panarin, and the Kremlin wouldn't mind if you did, then President Barack Obama will order martial law this year, the U.S. will split into six rump-states before 2011, and Russia and China will become the backbones of a new world order.


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  • Poll: Russia Reset and EU Future

    Our most recent poll on efforts to "push the reset button" on relations with Russia shows substantially more optimism among Europeans than Americans. 

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  • Russian Elections Follow Latin America Model

    Russia held local elections Sunday but most observers are crying Foul!

    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party has swept local elections that other parties and independent observers said were awash with voting irregularities.


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  • Bad News for U.S.-Russia Arms Control?

    A group of Russian navy officials were caught trying to smuggle $18 million worth of anti-submarine and aviation missiles into China, although the level of official involvement in both countries remains unknown.  The cargo was found in Tajikistan, where Russia maintains a military base.


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  • NATO-Russia War: A Scenario

    A regularly employed analyst runs a certain risk when publicly speaking about the possibility of a destruction of humanity, in the foreseeable future. “Professional myopia” or “immaturity in judgment” may be among the less denigrating – “unprofessional hysteria” or “irresponsible conduct” the more damning – reactions by colleagues. One workplace-friend recently advised me to delete from an article the term “World War III.” I decided not to do so.


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  • Russia and Georgia Agree to International Monitors

    Russia and Georgia agreed to give international monitors freedom to rome throughout Georgia, including the disputed territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.


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  • Russian Occupation Threatens East-West Corridor

    Another round of international talks on the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is underway this week in Geneva.  Meanwhile, Russia is tightening its vice-grip, transforming the two occupied territories into military garrisons.


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