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EU Set To Extend Sanctions Against Russia Until 2017

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 06.21.2016 | World

BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- The European Union's Brussels envoys agreed on Tuesday to extend until the end of January the energy, financial and defense sanc...

Russia Is Not Nine Feet Tall

Dr. Ariel Cohen | Posted 04.01.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Cohen

As Russia has boycotted the global Nuclear Security summit hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, March 31-April 1, 2016, questions arise...

World-Renowned Economist Sergei Guriev on the Russian Economy: Takeaways from his Speech at the Oxford Guild

Samuel Ramani | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On January 27, 2016, Sergei Guriev, a leading Russian economist and Professor of Economics at Sciences Po University in Paris, made a speech to the Ox...

Russian PM Pushes For Sanctions Against Turkey

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.26.2015 | World

ISTANBUL/MOSCOW, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Russia threatened economic retaliation against Turkey on Thursday and said it was still awaiting a reasonable expl...

Realities of Russia, What Is West Missing?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

Western media appears surprised that President Putin's latest approval rating was so high. After Russian military began bombing in Syria, Putin's popularity skyrocketed to its all times high of 90%. There are some obvious reasons for this, and quite a few important factors that western media tends to overlook.

Karen Dawisha on Russia's Middle East Strategy, Interview With Eminent Russia Expert and Author of Putin's Kleptocracy Part II

Samuel Ramani | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Karen Dawisha is the Walter E Havighurst Professor of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a world-renowned Russia expert who has written extensively about Soviet foreign policy, Russia-Middle East relations, and contemporary Russian politics.

Understanding Russia's War on Cheese

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 08.14.2015 | World
Eliot Borenstein

The Paleo Diet has finally been knocked from its perch as the stupidest food trend of the twenty-first century, replaced by an even stranger phenomenon: the Russian government's mass, televised destruction of banned imported food.

Western Sanctions - Russia's Transition

Elena Ulansky | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

During the first six months of 2015 the dollar versus the Russian currency market has decreased by 0.8%, the euro was down 9.8%. In the second quarter the dollar fell by 3%, the euro rose by 0.5%.

Sanctions - Impact on Average Russian Life

Elena Ulansky | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

Russia's economy is suffering from dramatically lower oil prices, a rapidly declining ruble, interest rates that are an astonishing 17 % and western sanctions over Ukraine.

Will the Market Forces Replace Sanctions in Pressuring Russia?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 05.18.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

Russia's foreign policy will not be influenced by sanctions as much as it will be by deflation. Because of this, sanctions are like throwing salt into a wound. America might consider ending sanctions to win some needed good will with Putin.

Kerry: U.S. Considering Extra Sanctions On Russia

Reuters | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics

LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday the United States and its allies were not prepared to play games with Russia...

EU Slaps New Sanctions On Russia

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2015 | World

By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS, Feb 16 (Reuters) - A veteran Russian singer who voiced support for Russia's annexation of Crimea has been subjected to EU...

U.S. Signs $2 Billion Loan Agreement With Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2015 | World

KIEV, Jan 28 (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday signed an agreement providing war-torn Ukraine with $2 billion in loan guarantees to help it...

Beware the Blowback From Russia Sanctions

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

It's worth remembering, with the centenniary of World War I just past, that economic collapse and social disruption are more likely to sow the seeds of extremism and conflict than to make the world safe for democracy.

Obama, David Cameron Agree To Keep Sanctions On Russia

Reuters | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have agreed to keep sanctions on Russia until it s...

Why the Russian Far East Is So Important to China

Artyom Lukin | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Artyom Lukin

There are signs that China is beginning to see Eastern Russia as an important "strategic rear area," a proximate overland supplier of a range of vital primary commodities. This is directly related to China's intensifying contest with the U.S. for primacy in the Asia-Pacific. Beijing is increasingly worried that, if this rivalry comes to a head, Washington may use its trump card -- launching a naval blockade of the sea lanes through which China receives most of its imported primary products.

Two Cheers for Obama's Ukraine Policy

David W. Kearn | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
David W. Kearn

While many hawkish observers in Washington demanded a more overt and energetic response from the Obama administration, the past six months can only be seen as vindication of President Obama's diplomacy toward Russia and proof of the abject failure of the shortsighted and domestically driven foreign policy of Vladimir Putin.

Making Enemies America Can't Afford: Congress Votes More Sanctions on Russia

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Congress long ago learned that public scrutiny makes it harder to pass bad bills. So in the midst of negotiations to avoid another government shut-down earlier this month both houses of Congress rammed through new sanctions against Russia as part of the misnamed "Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014."

Even Russians Are Running From the Ruble

Sergei Guriev | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Sergei Guriev

Given that the price of oil is likely to remain low, Asian financiers -- even the Chinese -- do not seem eager to refinance Russian companies, and sanctions are unlikely to be lifted.

Putin in a Headlock

András Simonyi | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
András Simonyi

The west owes it to the Russian people not to give up and keep pressing Vladimir Putin, until he changes course.

Sanctions Are Forcing New Russian Links with China

Vasily Kashin | Posted 12.07.2014 | World
Vasily Kashin

The Ukraine crisis has forced Russian companies to seriously consider working with Chinese industry. Both state-owned and private Russian industrial enterprises have begun searching for potential Chinese partners that could compensate for the negative consequences of breaking ties with Europe. The initial results are encouraging.

Obama: U.S. Will 'Intensify' Sanctions On Russia

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States will join the European Union in imposing tougher sanctions o...

Mayor of Latvian Capital: Putin Is 'Best Thing Possible' for Latvia

Kevin M. F. Platt | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Kevin M. F. Platt

The mayor of the Latvian capital city Riga, Nil Ushakov, stated yesterday in Moscow that for Latvia, "the best thing possible right now is President Vladimir Putin." His presence in Moscow and his comments about Putin illustrate how far the views of many Latvians diverge from the Western mainstream on relations between Russia and the West.

White House: U.S. Prepping New Round Of Economic Sanctions On Russia

Reuters | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

(Reuters) - The United States is preparing a new round of economic sanctions against Russia for its incursion into Ukraine, a senior White House offic...

Real Punishment: Get Rid of Russia's Black Markets in Western Europe

Andrew Chrismer | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Andrew Chrismer

A sanctions scheme designed to target and limit activity among the shadiest comrades within Russia could inadvertently increase their business opportunities in the well-established black markets operating throughout Europe.