Russia

  • Russia Upgrades Spying on NATO Countries

    The Russian news service Interfax announced today that Moscow has expelled two Czech diplomats in an apparent tit-for-tat for yesterday's reported expulsion of two Russian diplomats by the Czech Republic.


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  • Weak Russia, Dangerous Russia

    The reaction from the American defense establishment to news that Russian submarines have been operating off the U.S. coast has been fairly nonchalant, bordering on smug. The submarine operation is widely seen as a rather feeble show of strength by the Russian military after a series of embarrassments over botched missile tests and undistinguished conduct during last year's war with Georgia.


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  • Faulty Reset on START

    When U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a Joint Understanding on July 6 on a treaty to follow the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), this first press of Obama's reset button launched U.S. negotiators into a time warp to circa 1969 Cold War-style negotiations against an artificial deadline. The result is unlikely to be in the interest of the United States.


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  • Russia's Energy Weapon Could Take Aim at USA

    Recently the European Commission urgently recommended that all European Union member-state governments begin filling natural-gas storage facilities in preparation for energy cutoffs from Russia. If Russia's Kremlin-controlled energy monopoly Gazprom gets its way, such emergency measures may also become a reality in the United States.


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  • Smart Power Requires Smart Talk

    Michael Kinsley famously observed that, "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth." Vice President Joe Biden's recent comments about Russia are a classic example.


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  • Who Really Runs Russia?

    Most of us in the West have presumed that Vladimir Putin is still running Russia, despite having stepped down as president and moving to the constitutionally-less-powerful premiership.  Apparently, most Russians think so, too.


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  • Russia May Score Final Coup in Energy Battle

    The European Union is touting its deal with Turkey on Monday to realize the Nabucco natural gas pipeline project as a major coup in the quest for alternative energy routes that bypass Russia. The project’s major transit country, Turkey, may have been brought on board, but Ankara’s other energy interests in the Caucasus may still stand in the way of securing producer countries, namely Azerbaijan, for the project.


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  • Three Wishes for Obama

    Back from "resetting" relations with Russia and then conferring with the G8-plus before stopping over in Ghana, U.S. President Barack Obama continues a full court press on resolving concurrently the myriad of crises, dangers and issues facing the nation.


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  • Why is Russia Afraid of a 300-Year-Old Ukrainian Hero?

    Lord Byron, Pushkin, and Victor Hugo wrote poems about him. Liszt composed a symphonic work in his honor, Tchaikovsky devoted an opera to him, and Gericault painted him tied naked to a horse. In centuries past he was a historical superstar -- a poster child for the Romantic era.
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  • Iran, Russia and U.S. Nonproliferation Efforts

    Despite the apparent failure of the “reset button” for U.S.-Russian relations, the nuclear arms agreement signed by Obama and Medvedev will significantly reduce each country's respective nuclear weapons arsenals and strengthen U.S.-led efforts to address a far more pressing issue: Iran’s continuing uranium enrichment and the concomitant threat of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.


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