Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tag: Crimea

Everyone in Europe Needs to Take a Deep, Calming Breath

We don't yet know how the president-elect will behave in office. Meanwhile, the present state of hysteria could make things worse. “The sky is falling!” exclaimed Chicken Little, in the well-known folk tale, after an acorn fell on the poor fowl’s head, leading to mass hysteria over an imminent apocalypse...

Russia and France’s Right

How Moscow Is Playing in the French Presidential Elections. The United States is not the only Western country in which Russia is featuring prominently in electoral politics. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, Russia is also a hot topic in the French presidential campaign. In...

Sleepwalking into a big war

The major powers are planning for war and claim that’s the best way to defend against war. Will this mutual hawkishness lead to armed conflict? As the US presidential race approaches its climax and European officials ponder the implications of the UK’s Brexit vote, public discussion of security affairs is...

U.S. imposes sanctions on Putin’s bridge to Crimea

Companies building a multi-billion dollar bridge to link the Russian mainland with annexed Crimea, a project close to the heart President Vladimir Putin, were targeted by the United States in an updated sanctions blacklist on Thursday. The U.S. Department of the Treasury added dozens of people and companies to the...

Russian military options in Syria and the Ukraine

The past two weeks have been rich in military developments directly affecting Russia: Syria: 1) Russia has announced that she will transform the Khmeimim airfield into a full-fledged military base with a permanently deployed task force. 2) Russia will deploy her heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser (often referred to in the West as...

Russia announces war games after accusing Ukraine of terrorist plot

Vladimir Putin summoned his security council and the Russian Navy announced war games in the Black Sea a day after the Russian president accused Ukraine of trying to provoke a conflict over Crimea, which Moscow seized and annexed in 2014. The belligerent posture heightened worries in Ukraine that Russia may...

Russia offers plan to improve air safety over Baltics

BRUSSELS — Russian diplomats on Wednesday offered a new plan to improve safety in the air over the Baltics in a rare meeting with NATO ambassadors, a small but significant step to ease tensions amid a troop buildup on both sides of the bristling NATO-­Russia border. The proposal would commit...

More Boats on the Black Sea

Forecast As it rises in importance, the Black Sea will witness a buildup of naval power. NATO will attempt to enhance its influence and reach in the Black Sea. Russia will seek to exploit divisions in NATO to undermine the alliance's unity of mission in the critical region. Analysis Since Russia's 2014 annexation of...

War With Russia Without Public Debate?

"...The general said Russia was needed in the international community; however, this was impossible at the moment due to the country's "sole respect for power." "He emphasised that about 7,000 Russian troops were stationed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two territories viewed by the international community as Georgian regions occupied...

NATO allies launch large-scale military exercise in Poland before key summit

A large-scale military training exercise involving more than 20 NATO and partner countries kicked off in Poland on Monday, part of efforts to reassure east European nations rattled by Russia's actions in nearby Ukraine. For more than 10 days, 30,000 troops backed by large numbers of vehicles, aircraft and ships...

US general in Vilnius: Central, Eastern Europe needs actual, not symbolic, deterrence

Central and Eastern Europe need real, not symbolic capacities to deter Russia, United States Army Europe Commander Lieutenant General Ben Hodges has said in Vilnius. "I won't speculate on what the decisions might be about enhanced foreign presence but what I will say is — the advice I've given and...

Russia’s Perpetual Geopolitics

Putin Returns to the Historical Pattern. For half a millennium, Russian foreign policy has been characterized by soaring ambitions that have exceeded the country’s capabilities. Beginning with the reign of Ivan the Terrible in the sixteenth century, Russia managed to expand at an average rate of 50 square miles per...

Russia’s got a point: The U.S. broke a NATO promise

Moscow solidified its hold on Crimea in April, outlawing the Tatar legislature that had opposed Russia’s annexation of the region since 2014. Together with Russian military provocations against NATO forces in and around the Baltic, this move seems to validate the observations of Western analysts who argue that under...

NATO risks nuclear war with Russia within a year, warns senior general

The West has been advised to act now to avert 'potential catastrophe'. Nato risks a nuclear war with Russia within a year if it does not increase its defence capabilities in the Baltic states, one of the alliance's most senior retired generals has said. General Sir Richard Shirreff, who served as...

Is War With Russia Possible?

The US is undermining opportunities for cooperation in Syria and Ukraine, while escalating NATO’s military presence near Russia. Cohen laments that during the past two weeks the Obama administration appears to have been undermining cooperation with Moscow on three Cold War fronts. Refusing to accept President Putin’s compelling argument that the...

Global military spending nearly $1.7T amid Mideast conflicts

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — ., driven by conflicts including the battle against the Islamic State group, the Saudi-led war in Yemen and fears about Iran, a report released Tuesday shows. The study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute also noted that the Chinese expansion in the South...

To Be or Not to Be? Ukraine’s Minsk Process

A little over a year after the Minsk II accord was signed in February 2015, it is all too apparent that the agreement aimed at ending the war in eastern Ukraine is not working. Nevertheless, Western governments, the EU, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)...

Russia Sues Ukraine in London Court Over $3 Billion Default

Russia said it filed a lawsuit against Ukraine in the High Court in London after the government in Kiev defaulted on $3 billion in bonds. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP was hired to represent the government in Moscow in a case that will seek to recover the principal in...

Changing Tides: Russia’s Growing Stronghold in the Black Sea

Just two years ago, when Russia annexed Crimea, NATO saw its tenuous, 25-year-long attempt to forge a partnership with the Eastern power dissolve overnight. Since then, to respond to Europe’s dangerous new security climate, NATO has looked to the Baltic states, where Russia has upped the game through air...

U.S. Fortifying Europe’s East to Deter Putin

WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to substantially increase the deployment of heavy weapons, armored vehicles and other equipment to NATO countries in Central and Eastern Europe, a move that administration officials said was aimed at deterring Russia from further aggression in the region. The White House plans to pay for...

Lights Out for the Putin Regime – The Coming Russian Collapse

Russian President Vladimir Putin used to seem invincible. Today, he and his regime look enervated, confused, and desperate. Increasingly, both Russian and Western commentators suggest that Russia may be on the verge of deep instability, possibly even collapse. This perceptual shift is unsurprising. Last year, Russia was basking in the...

Medvedev: Russia’s Economy Must Prepare for Worst-Case Scenario

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the Russian economy is looking better than one year ago but must prepare for the worst-case scenario as it continues to suffer from low oil prices and the impact of Western sanctions. Speaking Wednesday in Moscow at the annual Gaidar Forum on economics, Medvedev...

Russia launches payment card to rival Visa and Mastercard

It’s not a space race, but a card race. Russia has issued its first electronic payment card this week to compete against Visa and Mastercard. The launch of the bank card – called Mir, meaning ‘peace’ or ‘world’ in Russian – is seen as a response to Western sanctions that...

Developing a Western Energy Strategy for the Black Sea Region and Beyond

In Developing a Western Energy Strategy for the Black Sea Region and Beyond, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and Global Energy Center Ariel Cohen addresses the urgent need for a European policy on Black Sea energy following Russia's annexation of Crimea. Dr. Cohen, himself...

From Syria To Asia To Russia – Terror Network Organized By NATO and Turkey

Uyghur Terror Networks Span Continents, Have Root In Turkey and NATO. With the possible entrance of China into the Syrian crisis, a spate of recent articles has appeared in various media outlets discussing the importance of Uyghur terrorism in China and the effect those acts may have on its decision...

Turkish-Uyghur Terror Inc. – America’s Other Al Qaeda

It is no longer tenable for the United States and its regional allies in and near the Middle East to claim they are backing "moderate rebels" in the proxy war raging in Syria, Iraq, and parts of Lebanon. There is the Syrian government on one side, and terrorists including...

Crimean Tatars gather in Ankara to discuss Ukrainian crisis

Nearly 200 Crimean Tatar nongovernmental organizations and civil society groups gathered in Ankara as part of the Second World Crimean Tatar Congress to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the situation of their brethren in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in February of last year. The meeting took...

IMF Says Sanctions Take Toll On Russia

Economy faces loss of as much as 9% of its inflation-adjusted value of goods and services. MOSCOW - Russia's economy faces the loss of as much as 9% of the inflation-adjusted value of the goods and services it produces if Western sanctions and Moscow’s retaliatory measures remain in place in...

War in Europe is no longer seen as completely out of the question

NATO is preparing for a long standoff with Russia, reluctantly accepting that the Ukraine conflict has fundamentally transformed Europe's security landscape and that it may have to abandon hope of a constructive relationship with Moscow. Some NATO allies, eager to avoid a new Cold War or being dragged into an...

Prepare for serious turbulence in Russia

Last year, thanks to its aggression in Ukraine, Russia changed in many important ways. But one crucial transformation has gone largely unnoticed: Long-term thinking has completely disappeared, and the Russian regime no longer talks about the future. Russian leaders’ discourse centers on the standoff with Ukraine and the West...

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