From Reuters: Russia has left troops behind after staging war games in Belarus despite promising not to, Ukraine’s Commander in Chief Viktor Muzhenko told Reuters. His comments could increase tension between the two neighbors and contradict the Belarussian defense ministry spokesman, who said the last train of Russian troops and equipment had left Belarus on … Continue reading Are The Russians Sneaking Troops Into Belarus?
From Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump grudgingly signed into law on Wednesday new sanctions against Russia that Congress had approved overwhelmingly last week, criticizing the legislation as having "clearly unconstitutional" elements. Ever since the United States entered the stage as a world power, it's brushed up against Russia. From the 1918-20 international intervention that halfheartedly … Continue reading So Much For Yet Another Russian Reset
In short, if it wasn't one thing, it would have been another. It didn't have to have to be a gas attack; it could have been a stray Russian shell in some Ukrainian city; a dead exiled opposition leader on the streets of a Western capital city; a major hacking attack against a critical American target; … Continue reading Why Russian resets keep failing
Though tragic and murderous, Putin will not be moved by the bombs in St. Petersburg.
Putin faces more protests; can they unite to unseat him in 2018?
Sequels are so often disappointing; I'd love to meet someone who thought Independence Day 2 was an improvement. So it is with so-called Cold War 2.0: it can certainly feel meaningless, as Moscow doesn't hope to raise a hammer and sickle above the White House. Perhaps it's better to refer to it as Cold War 1.5, a … Continue reading If This Is Cold War 2.0, Then the Russians Are Winning
World War III is still remote, but that doesn't mean Putin won't skirt with it in the Baltic Republics.
Mr. Putin must feel pretty good after signing that $400 billion natural gas deal. With a massive cash infusion such as that over a predictable schedule, Putin's Russia is in much better shape today than ever since the fall of the Soviet Union. Crimea has been annexed, peacefully; Georgia and Ukraine blocked from both NATO … Continue reading China and Russia Draw Closer: Or, America Should Worry, But Not Panic