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Putin Scores Another Much-Needed Win in Syria

Ian Bremmer | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Ian Bremmer

Times are hard in today's Russia. At some point, Russians will expect their powerful leader to deliver better times at home. To delay that day of judgment a little longer, Putin needs victories -- particularly those that burnish Russia's image as a world power. Once again, he's getting them. For now, he's on a roll -- and an international force to be reckoned with.

Report: Russia Masses Tanks, Rockets, Troops On Ukraine Border

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

By Maria Tsvetkova KHUTOR CHKALOVA, Russia, May 27 (Reuters) - Russia's army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry incl...

How Putin Used VE Day to Equate the Victory Over Fascism With the Fight in Ukraine

Alexander Golts | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Alexander Golts

MOSCOW -- Putin's goal was to convince average Russians to equate the nearly holy war against fascism with the regime's current escapade in Ukraine. Kremlin spin doctors have been reinforcing that association for months with a constant torrent of claims that Ukraine is besieged with "fascist sentiment," which is attempting to justify Hitler's atrocities.

John Kerry, Putin To Meet To Discuss Iran, Syria, Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday to discuss I...

By Misunderstanding Crimea, the West Is Pushing Russia Further Away

Ilaria Parogni | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Ilaria Parogni

The rights of minorities might be under threat, but for many residents of the peninsula, life under the new flag is good enough -- and international observers still struggle to accept this.

Nemtsov's Murder Deepens Russia's Journey Down a Dark Path

Georgy Bovt | Posted 05.02.2015 | World
Georgy Bovt

The specific motives behind political murders are often less important than the impact those crimes have on the country's larger political processes. It is noteworthy that some observers are already comparing the murder of Nemtsov with the "Reichstag fire" or the murder of Sergei Kirov. The former marked the start of the Nazi terror in Germany while the latter served as a pretext for former Soviet leader Josef Stalin to unleash his political repression.

Can Minsk 2.0 Save Ukraine?

Yulia Tymoshenko | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Yulia Tymoshenko

KYIV -- What happens in Ukraine -- not the financial standoff with Greece -- will be the ultimate test of whether European and transatlantic unity endure. The fault lines extending from Ukraine are undermining the fundamental values that have underpinned Europe's postwar peace and prosperity. Failure to defend those values in Ukraine will cause them to unravel far beyond our borders.

Enough Already! It's Time for the West to Arm Ukraine

Carl Bildt | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
Carl Bildt

MUNICH -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others are clearly right when they say that there is no purely military solution to the conflict in Ukraine. But a year of talks and failed agreements has demonstrated that there is no purely diplomatic solution either.

Why Peace in Ukraine Depends on America

Georgy Bovt | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Georgy Bovt

MOSCOW -- The less the United States is constructively involved and committed to the process of reaching a settlement, the less likely it is that a lasting peace will emerge, that the points of the Minsk agreement will get implemented and that Kiev will fulfill its obligations.

The Minsk Agreement Can Only Work If Power Is Balanced Between Russia and the West

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Ivan Sukhov

MOSCOW -- At the root of all this monstrous and bloody story is the fact that the West lied to Moscow 25 years ago when it said it would not expand NATO even one inch to the east if the Soviet Union agreed to the unification of Germany. The West really did take full advantage of its opportunity to violate the balance of power in the world and must now busy itself with overcoming the negative consequences.

Bildt: Merkel Is Best To Solve The Crisis With Putin

The European | Max Tholl and Florian Guckelsberger | Posted 02.09.2015 | World

Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, is one of Europe’s leading statesmen. He is also a member of the Steering Co...

Does Putin Want War or Negotiations?

Nina L. Khrushcheva | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Nina L. Khrushcheva

Does Putin want Europe and the United States to feel threatened by a possibility of a larger war with Russia -- in order to push them into continuing talks with him? If the talks fail, Putin might want the West to believe Russia will have no choice but to expand militarily. Or does Putin really care about the negotiations, not the war? By pushing the rebels to take more territory in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin is trying to create new facts on the ground that Putin can use as leverage in the impending talks.

The Curious Incident of Putin's 'Asperger's Syndrome'

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 04.08.2015 | World
Eliot Borenstein

What do a measles outbreak in Disneyland and Washington's panic over Russia's leadership have in common? Both of them are red scares that should have died out by the 1960s. And, as of today, they have one more thing in common: junk science about autism.

Is Ukraine Fascist?

Alexander Motyl | Posted 04.05.2015 | World
Alexander Motyl

Ukraine ousted Yanukovych in order to avoid becoming fully authoritarian. The war Putin unleashed against Ukraine is his way of telling Ukraine that fascism and democracy are incompatible.

Putin Is Bringing Darkness to the Edge of Europe

Yulia Tymoshenko | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Yulia Tymoshenko

In 2014, Vladimir Putin discovered his inner Trotsky. For what Russia's president is now offering Ukraine is a perverse twist on the formula Trotsky proclaimed during the peace negotiations at Brest-Litovsk in 1918: "No war, no peace."

What Can Latvia's Integration With Europe Teach Ukraine?

Fabrizio Tassinari | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Fabrizio Tassinari

Real convergence does not happen only between East and West, but first and foremost inside each country. And it resides in the social contract between the state and its citizens. But Ukrainians must also have no illusion that this is a project lasting at least a generation. For a generation, from independence to the EU presidency, is exactly the time it took Latvia.

German Foreign Policy Comes of Age

Joschka Fischer | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Joschka Fischer

Worries about the return of history's ghosts so far have been unfounded, at least as far as Germany is concerned. Though the global financial crisis and its effects on Europe have de facto turned Germany into an economic hegemon, it is not a role that the government sought or relishes. The reunited Germany remains a peaceful democracy, recognizes all neighboring borders and remains firmly anchored in NATO and the European Union.

The British Embassy In Ukraine Trolls Russia On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.19.2014 | World

The latest foreign office to engage in the increasingly popular sport of Twitter-trolling the Kremlin is Britain's embassy in Ukraine, which on Wednes...

Putin Says Sides Not Abiding Peace Deal In Ukraine

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 01.17.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow will not allow the defeat of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned, arguing that both ...

Putin Denies He Fled G20 Summit Pressure

AP | ROD McGUIRK | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin made an early exit on Sunday from a two-day summit of world leaders where he was roundly...

Putin Blames Ukraine For Obstructing Flight MH17 Inquiry

Reuters | Posted 01.10.2015 | World

BEIJING, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday accused Ukraine's government of interfering with the investigation into the d...

Kissinger: Putin Is Not Stalin

Peter Mellgard | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Peter Mellgard

"Putin feels deeply aggrieved by Western actions, and he reacts in a manner that Peter the Great would have understood. It's brutal. But I do not think we face the same phenomenon as the Cold War."

If You Want To Understand Putin, You Have To Know These 15 Facts

HuffPost Germany | Sebastian Christ | Posted 11.11.2014 | World

When the crisis in Ukraine first escalated in February, many German experts on Russia were caught off guard. Almost none of them had foreseen that the...

'No Putin -- No Russia'

Georgy Bovt | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Georgy Bovt

Russia's ruling class, taking its cue from the president, has completely shifted into a world of its own, replete with a separate set of ideas, values and principles. And the problem is not whether the Russian or Western world is more "correct," but that the two sides have conclusively formed separate camps, unable to understand and unwilling to even listen to each other.

Ukrainian PM Warns Russia May Try To Disrupt Sunday's Election

Reuters | Posted 12.23.2014 | World

KIEV, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk on Thursday warned of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt Sunday's parliamenta...