East-West conflict over Ukraine is likely to continue to loom large when it comes to Russian foreign relations, especially as there seems no way – short of a third world war – that it is ever likely to relent on the main issue, its annexation of Crimea.
For a population tired of the ups and downs they have seen over the years, 2017 brings with it fears of instability along with aspirations of reform.
With the US election over and passions abating, it’s worth asking: how bad are things between the US and Russia and what might Trump realistically do to change the equation?
Instead of turning the Russian public against their leaders, as the West had hoped, sanctions seem to have made Russian patriotism take on an increasingly anti-Western character.
Moscow believes that any military success in Syria needs determined and remorseless assault on the enemy without concern for civilians caught in the crossfire, and that the likelihood for political compromise is waning the longer the fighting continues.
Nearly three years since the Maidan revolution, Ukraine’s economic collapse, rampant corruption and the behind-the-scenes oligarchical rule remain unchanged. The revolution’s main goal – to integrate with the West – still seems a distant prospect.
As the US presidential election heats up, Russia, and Russians, find themselves unlikely actors.
Moscow: US Secretary of State John Kerry departed Moscow Friday after his fourth face-to-face with Vladimir Putin in barely a year, and it is starting to look possible that the relentless downward spiral driving Russia and the West into a new Cold War might just be reversible. Kerry came to the Kremlin […]
Several Russians do not buy the given reason of state-sponsored doping, instead seeing the ban as a global punishment for the country’s foreign policy.
In the past two election cycles, the CP increased its vote from about 12 to 20%, and could be set to make major gains this time around.
For the first time, Russia fielded new weapons that are not merely jumped-up designs from the old Soviet cupboard. These include the new Armata tank, a range of new strategic missiles, and the much-discussed T-50 “fifth generation” fighter plane.